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Competition

  • August 9, 2018

    Brazil Fines Toshiba, Mitsubishi $1.3M For Cartel

    Brazil's competition enforcer said Thursday that it has fined Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. a total of 4.9 million reals ($1.3 million) for their parts in a cartel that fixed prices and divvied up markets for a component used in electrical substations, imposing the penalty after a decadelong investigation.

  • August 9, 2018

    2nd Fla. Investor Cops To Online Foreclosure Auction Scheme

    The second co-founder of a Palm Beach, Florida-based real estate investment firm pled guilty to a felony antitrust charge in federal court Thursday for his part in what authorities say was a $16 million scheme to rig bids in online home foreclosure auctions. 

  • August 9, 2018

    UK Antitrust Watchdog Can Withhold Warrant Info, Court Says

    An appeals court in England said judges don't have to decide whether to disclose sensitive evidence the country's antitrust watchdog withholds when deciding whether to grant it a search warrant, giving the regulator a win against drugmakers it says entered into illegal agreements that ensured a monopoly over the hydrocortisone tablets charged to the National Health System.

  • August 9, 2018

    Nissan Settles Incentive Row With Ohio Dealerships

    Nissan North America Inc. and four Cleveland-area car dealerships have struck an undisclosed settlement resolving claims that the automaker incentivized their rival and unfairly burdened them with financial incentives, according to an Ohio federal court order.

  • August 9, 2018

    Airline Passengers Win Class Cert. In Price-Fixing Suit

    A California federal judge certified two classes of All Nippon Airways passengers in multidistrict litigation alleging that major airlines conspired to fix the prices of long-distance trans-Pacific flights.

  • August 9, 2018

    Tribune Kills $3.9B Sinclair Deal, Files Lawsuit

    Tribune Media Co. said Thursday it has ended its planned $3.9 billion combination with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and sued its former acquirer in Delaware for mangling the review process with “unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations” with regulators.

  • August 8, 2018

    TV Industry Giants Fixed Local Ad Prices, Law Firm Says

    A Georgia-based law firm slapped the television industry’s largest media companies, including Tribune Media Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Wednesday, claiming that they have been working together to inflate local advertising prices in violation of federal antitrust laws.

  • August 8, 2018

    Sen. Wants FCC To Weigh Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Benefits

    Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has asked the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission to consider the potential pro-competitive effects from a proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile as the agencies consider whether to greenlight the deal.

  • August 8, 2018

    InBev-SAB Deal Didn’t Swallow US Beer Biz, 9th Circ. Says

    A Ninth Circuit panel has backed a lower court's decision to nix an antitrust suit by beer drinkers that challenged Anheuser-Busch InBev's acquisition of SABMiller, finding Wednesday that because SAB had divested its U.S. business before the deal went through, there had been no change to competition in the domestic market.

  • August 8, 2018

    Kilpatrick Townsend Nabs Ex-Tucker Ellis Antitrust Chair

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has added a partner to its Washington, D.C., antitrust and trade regulation practice who formerly served as chair of the Tucker Ellis LLP antitrust group, chief antitrust counsel at AT&T Inc. and an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • August 8, 2018

    DOJ Seeks More Info On $4.9B WestRock, KapStone Merger

    An Illinois packaging and paper company has announced that it will hand over unspecified information as part of the U.S. Department of Justice's second request for information on a $4.9 billion buyout by WestRock Co., a deal expected to boost the combined company's product portfolio and extend its geographic reach.

  • August 8, 2018

    Bosch, Others Get Initial OK For $3M Deal In Auto Parts MDL

    A Michigan federal judge has given early approval to a $3.1 million settlement that truck and equipment dealers struck with manufacturers Robert Bosch GmbH and three other companies, which would put to rest dealers' allegations of a wide-ranging conspiracy to hinder competition in the auto parts industry. 

  • August 8, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds Duane Morris Litigator In Miami

    DLA Piper has added a former Duane Morris LLP partner who has experience litigating intellectual property, business contracts, noncompete and construction disputes to its litigation practice group in Miami, according to the firm.

  • August 7, 2018

    9th Circ. Kills Olympic Advertising Antitrust Suit

    The two organizations that put on the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field athletes do not have to “open the floodgates” for advertisers that wish to sponsor the runners, the Ninth Circuit affirmed Tuesday, shutting down athletic chewing gum maker Run Gum’s antitrust lawsuit.

  • August 7, 2018

    Ahold Delhaize Serves Up Latest Chicken Price-Fixing Suit

    Ahold Delhaize USA Inc., parent company of Peapod, became the latest food retailer to accuse Tyson, Perdue and several other broiler chicken producers of conspiring in a nearly decadelong scheme to fix prices in a suit filed in Illinois federal court on Monday.

  • August 7, 2018

    FTC, Tronox Duel Over Bid To Halt $2.4B Cristal Merger

    Mining and chemical company Tronox Ltd. squared off in D.C. federal court Tuesday against the Federal Trade Commission’s effort to stall its $2.4 billion acquisition of Saudi Arabia-based Cristal, telling a federal judge that the government is unlikely to win an order that would quash the deal.

  • August 7, 2018

    Dealers Slam Car Parts Makers For Stalling Price-Fixing Case

    Saying it’s the latest in pre-trial “gamesmanship” designed to “hamstring” their case, automobile dealerships and end payors suing auto parts makers for alleged price-fixing asked a federal judge in Michigan on Tuesday to reject KYB Corp. and Showa’s attempt to scrap an evidence-sharing timetable.

  • August 7, 2018

    FTC Asks 5th Circ. To Stay Out Of La. Real Estate Board Row

    The Federal Trade Commission on Monday urged the Fifth Circuit to reject a bid by the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board to escape the agency’s challenge of regulations that control appraisal fees, arguing that the appellate court lacks jurisdiction while also reasserting that the board is not immune to antitrust law.

  • August 7, 2018

    King & Spalding Rehires Former Kirkland Securities Partner

    A former Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner who helped negotiate a $190 million settlement for Deutsche Bank AG in litigation over allegedly rigged foreign exchange rates has rejoined King & Spalding LLP in Washington, D.C., the firm said Monday.

  • August 7, 2018

    5 Ways CFIUS Will Change With New Law

    A bill aimed at overhauling the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is close to becoming a law, meaning vast changes are on the horizon for the interagency committee and its process for examining foreign direct investment for national security threats. Here, Law360 outlines five ways the proposed legislation would alter CFIUS.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Inside Kavanaugh's Merger Challenge Dissents

    Timothy Gray

    In the D.C. Circuit's Anthem and Whole Foods cases, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh disagreed with his colleagues’ decisions to block the contemplated mergers, suggesting an antitrust jurisprudence leery of excessive enforcement activity, say Timothy Gray and Melissa Ginsberg of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Drafting M&A No-Poach Provisions Amid Regulatory Scrutiny

    Thomas Fina

    Agreements regarding soliciting and hiring employees of competitors have become an enforcement priority for U.S. antitrust authorities, so M&A parties should take a fresh look at how they approach the issue. A carefully tailored no-poach provision will help protect against regulatory inquiry, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.

  • An Update On Anti-Poach Enforcement And Class Actions

    Robin van der Meulen

    In recent years, no-poach agreements have become subject to close scrutiny both by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and private class action plaintiffs. These cases show that violations of federal antitrust laws can have an immediate and real impact on ordinary people and their livelihoods, say Robin van der Meulen and Brian Morrison of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • 5 Global Merger Control Developments You Need To Know

    Jason Cruise

    Merger news from the first half of 2018 reflects a global trend toward alignment of enforcement on the national level and on the regional level, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • 2 Takeaways From The AT&T-Time Warner Ruling

    Nathaniel Wackman

    A D.C. federal judge's decision last month in United States v. AT&T contains important insights that will be influential well beyond the confines of the now-completed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner, say Nathaniel Wackman and Lee Van Voorhis of Jenner & Block LLP.