Competition

  • June 14, 2017

    Ranbaxy Pay-For-Delay Trial Kicks Off In Pa. Court

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Wednesday heard opening arguments in a closely watched pay-for-delay suit accusing drugmaker Ranbaxy of violating antitrust laws by accepting a settlement with rival Cephalon that improperly delayed generic forms of the narcolepsy medication Provigil from the market.

  • June 14, 2017

    Latham & Watkins Adds 2 Trial Pros From Kirkland & Ellis

    Latham & Watkins LLP has nabbed two partners from Kirkland & Ellis LLP who have represented Deutsche Bank AG in antitrust litigation, including one attorney whose past clients also include Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and drug companies like Teva Pharmaceuticals.

  • June 14, 2017

    Visa, MasterCard Hit With More UK Swipe Fee Antitrust Claims

    Visa and MasterCard have been hit with another round of competition claims in the U.K. from a group of London restaurateurs and private clubs, the Bourne Leisure travel group, and discount retailer Poundland, amid a bevy of claims over the credit card giants' interchange fees.

  • June 14, 2017

    UFC Rival Must Hand Over Info In Fighter Antitrust Suit

    A Nevada federal magistrate judge overseeing an antitrust lawsuit by mixed martial arts fighters against the UFC told MMA promoter and UFC rival Bellator Sport Worldwide LLC on Tuesday to respond to subpoenas by the parties, but limited the scope of their requests to fighter contracts and financial information.

  • June 14, 2017

    Nike, Universal Among 1st In EU Crosshairs Over E-Commerce

    European Union antitrust regulators on Wednesday opened three separate investigations against Nike, Sanrio and Universal Studios and their subsidiaries over whether their intellectual property licensing practices illegally restricted cross-border deals.

  • June 13, 2017

    Apple Argues Against Sanctions In Fired Contractor’s Suit

    Apple Inc. urged a California judge Tuesday not to adopt his tentative ruling sanctioning the tech giant $4,245 in a suit alleging it got a contractor fired for documenting its anti-competitive alloy practices, arguing confidential settlement documents between the contractor and his former employer are relevant to its case.

  • June 13, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive RBS Libor Claims For 2nd Time

    A budget hotel operator can’t sue the Royal Bank of Scotland for alleged rate-rigging because it never mentioned those fraud claims during a since-concluded bankruptcy case, the Second Circuit affirmed on Tuesday, essentially laying down a "list it or lose it" ultimatum for post-petition claims.

  • June 13, 2017

    UK Trucking Group Lets Other Cos. Join Price-Fixing Fight

    A trade association of United Kingdom truckers on Tuesday said that transportation and logistics firms can join its group action against truck producers who were slapped in July with a record €2.93 billion ($3.23 billion) fine by the European Commission for participating in a price-fixing cartel.

  • June 13, 2017

    UK Forex Traders To Waive Extradition, Face US Charges

    Three British former foreign currency traders at Barclays, RBS and other top banks have agreed to waive extradition and face U.S. charges that they worked together to manipulate daily benchmarks.

  • June 13, 2017

    Quinn Emanuel Invokes Privilege Over Forex Opt-Out Docs

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Bernstein Liebhard LLP told a New York federal court Monday that communications with parties in a foreign exchange antitrust class action are privileged, hitting back at a bid to compel the information.

  • June 13, 2017

    South Africa Probes Roche, Pfizer, Aspen Over Drug Pricing

    South Africa’s Competition Commission has launched an investigation into Roche, Pfizer and Aspen over suspicions that the pharmaceutical companies have set prices for cancer drugs at excessive levels and in some cases have engaged in patent abuse, the watchdog said Tuesday.

  • June 13, 2017

    UK Agency Wants Concessions In Heineken's £305M Pub Buy

    The U.K. antitrust regulator on Tuesday said Heineken’s private equity-backed £305 million ($388.3 million) acquisition of 1,900 U.K. pubs is likely to hinder competition, giving the brewer about a week to come up with an acceptable fix.

  • June 13, 2017

    EU Warns More Delays In Brexit Talks Would Threaten Deal

    Britain risks leaving the European Union without a deal in place by a March 2019 deadline if its government further delays the start of negotiations, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator warned on Tuesday.

  • June 12, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg On Diversity And Persuading Her Colleagues

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses what it means to have three women on the court, the aftermath of hostile Senate confirmation fights, and why justices sometimes do the unexpected, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the feminist icon.

  • June 12, 2017

    HannStar Wants High Court's Take On $4M Sony Antitrust Deal

    HannStar has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision in a suit by Sony to enforce a $4.1 million settlement over alleged price fixing of liquid crystal displays, saying the appeals court got wrong a question of privilege that every law student should know.

  • June 12, 2017

    Deutsche Bank To Pay $170M To Settle Euribor Investor Suit

    Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to a $170 million settlement with investors accusing big banks of conspiring to rig Euribor in a deal that would bring proposed relief to more than $300 million, according to documents filed in New York federal court on Monday.

  • June 12, 2017

    Cox Affiliates Accused Of Monopolizing Used-Car Market

    A defunct used-car dealership has lodged a complaint against Cox Automotive Inc. and its affiliates in Florida federal court, accusing the companies of monopolizing the used-car industry by colluding with major manufacturer dealerships and auctioning the cars off at fixed prices. 

  • June 12, 2017

    Media Ownership Rules Have ‘Outlived Usefulness,’ FCC Told

    A Wisconsin TV station has told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai that it’s time for the FCC to relax certain media ownership rules that no longer make sense, saying the move would help the newsroom better serve the public.

  • June 12, 2017

    Health System Covered For Competition Suits, 11th Circ. Told

    A Florida health care system on Monday asked the Eleventh Circuit to overturn a federal court's decision that it is not entitled to insurance coverage for four suits alleging anti-competitive practices, arguing the lower court applied incorrect standards in concluding that the suits are related to prior litigation and therefore not covered.

  • June 12, 2017

    DOJ Clears $32B GE-Baker Hughes Oil And Gas Merger

    General Electric Co. and Texas-based Baker Hughes Inc. said Monday that they’ve reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice allowing them to proceed with a planned merger that’s set to create an oil field services company with $32 billion in combined revenue.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Forum Selection

    Alan Rothman

    In the latest installment of his column on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP takes a closer look at how the panel decides to exclude a potentially related action from a new MDL proceeding, and at how the panel deals with forum selection clauses in contracts between parties in multidistrict claims.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • The Efficiencies Defense: What Would High Court Do?

    Joe Miller

    Anthem's decision to call off its proposed acquisition of Cigna — effectively mooting its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court — leaves unanswered several important questions regarding the appropriate treatment of efficiencies in a merger challenge, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Merger Notification In China And The Statute Of Limitations

    Wei Huang

    There are two approaches to Chinese law regarding failure to declare concentration — one is that businesses will no longer face anti-monopoly risk after two years, and the other is that they could still face risk after two years. As seen in the recent Cummins case, China's Ministry of Commerce clearly prefers the latter, say attorneys with Tian Yuan Law Firm.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • What US Cos. Must Know About EU E-Commerce Rules: Part 2

    Enzo Marasà

    U.S.-based companies distributing their products online or setting up e-retail platforms in the EU must pay particular attention to how they select online distribution partners, as well as what type of sales restrictions they impose or agree to, if they want to avoid legal trouble, says Enzo Marasà of Portolano Cavallo.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • What US Cos. Must Know About EU E-Commerce Rules: Part 1

    Enzo Marasà

    U.S.-based manufacturers and retailers who want to sell in the EU face legal challenges in selecting and controlling their distribution networks, particularly with regard to online sales. All stakeholders must understand the restrictions imposed by Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which prohibits anti-competitive agreements, says Enzo Marasà of Portolano Cavallo.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.