The government shutdown has forced unpaid skeleton crews at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to focus only on mergers with ticking review clocks, shunting others to the back of the line as the antitrust bar plays the waiting game.
Norton Rose Fulbright has nabbed a competition expert and former Federal Trade Commission attorney from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP to help advise clients on antitrust reviews of global mergers, the firm announced Tuesday.
Several sponsorship agencies for au pairs have agreed to a $65.5 million deal in Colorado federal court that would settle allegations in a class action alleging that they colluded to suppress the child care workers’ wages.
A golf range start-up urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its antitrust suit claiming a rival's pick-up of a software vendor pushed the range out of the market, arguing that although the lower court found the allegations were teed up too early, the merger has already sunk the range's business.
The U.S. Department of Justice told a D.C. federal judge Tuesday that the ongoing government shutdown is hampering its ability to address public comments related to CVS Health Corp.’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Aetna Inc., saying it will not be able to complete this task until Congress provides funding.
The European Commission's competition head made clear that she's not going to let companies in the bloc cut regulatory corners to foster the rise of more globally competitive European "champions" in a speech Wednesday at a Berlin summit, suggesting a bumpy road ahead for Siemens AG and Alstom SA's already troubled high-speed railway tie-up.
Italy's competition watchdog slapped automakers BMW, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford and Toyota and their banking operations with a combined €678 million ($776 million) fine Wednesday for running a financing cartel that authorities said reduced competition for selling certain cars.
Prime Minister Theresa May must devise a new Brexit plan within three days if her proposals are defeated in the House of Commons on Jan. 15 after lawmakers from across the political parties voted through a legislative amendment on Wednesday.
The U.K. government has failed to hand MPs sufficient information to allow them to make an informed decision on the prime minister’s Brexit deal, Parliament’s Treasury Committee warned on Wednesday, further weakening Theresa May’s shaky position ahead of a critical vote next week.
Intel Corp.'s chief strategy officer ripped into Qualcomm's "very unfair" business model Tuesday on day three of a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust allegations, testifying that the chipmaker demands patent royalties from all device makers, even if they use competitors' chips, which undercuts competition.
The U.S. Supreme Court's Tuesday decision striking down an exception that had allowed courts to decide whether a claim belongs in arbitration has further defined the allocation of power between arbitral tribunals and courts by eliminating a ground by which parties could seek to avoid arbitration, experts say.
A defunct ride-hailing startup that recently accused Uber of driving it out of business shouldn’t have lawyers from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP on its legal team because the firm has counseled Uber in a string of related cases, Uber told a California federal court Monday.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP announced Tuesday that its shareholders have elected business litigator Rich Benenson to become the firm’s next managing partner, just after the firm celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Chicago Board Options Exchange investors urged an Illinois federal court not to let Cboe Global Markets Inc. out of multidistrict litigation accusing it and related entities of manipulating the exchange's volatility index, or VIX.
The first certification ruling in long-running multidistrict litigation over auto part price-fixing came out a loss for bearings buyers, as a Michigan federal judge found Monday that the distributors pushing to lead the class have too small a stake in the multitiered and massive bearings market to represent thousands of players.
Supermarket chain Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. can’t include individual farms in its lawsuit accusing a mushroom-farming cooperative of anti-competitive practices, after a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Tuesday that membership in the cooperative alone was not enough for the farms to be accused of conspiracy.
Ericsson isn't automatically required to license its standard-essential patents at the much cheaper component level, a Texas federal judge ruled Monday in a major blow to HTC, which has accused the company of trying to overcharge on royalties to license cellular and wireless network SEPs.
Takata has agreed to carve out a $53.2 million unsecured claim in its Chapter 11 for a proposed class of car owners accusing the Japanese auto parts maker of conspiring with others to fix prices.
The U.S. Supreme Court held on Tuesday that courts may not override a contract delegating to arbitrators the question of whether a claim must be arbitrated or litigated, even if the arbitration bid was "wholly groundless," unanimously vacating a Fifth Circuit decision.
Several upscale New York restaurants and their celebrity chefs can slip a suit alleging they cooked up a no-tipping scheme to boost menu prices, a federal judge ruled Monday, adding if a fresh complaint against the California eateries isn't filed by the end of January, the case will be closed.
A Nevada federal judge on Monday dismissed a Nevada recycling company’s lawsuit accusing rivals and the city of Reno of fixing prices for recyclable materials.
Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch on Monday floated the idea of overruling the high court’s landmark Illinois Brick decision, which limits federal antitrust standing to direct purchasers, during oral arguments in a case accusing Apple Inc. of monopolizing the market for apps sold on its devices.
The Serious Fraud Office has landed another mixed result in its prosecution of several former Barclays and Deutsche Bank traders for manipulating Euribor, the latest in the white collar specialist's latest effort to hold individuals accountable for rigging key benchmark interest rates. Here, Law360 looks at the highlights of the SFO's long-running campaign.
A D.C. federal judge has rejected the U.S. Department of Justice’s arguments that AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner would hurt competition and drive up consumer costs, dealing a major blow to the government’s first court challenge of a vertical merger in decades. Here, Law360 looks at how we got here, the key issues and highlights of the case.
I suspect the true audience for the U.S. Department of Justice’s disavowal last week of a 2013 policy statement on standard-essential patents is not the courts but rather the U.S. International Trade Commission, whose discretion to pressure standard implementers to accept onerous licensing terms will be tested in the coming years, says University of Minnesota Law School professor Thomas Cotter.
For companies concerned about their competitors’ online advertising, the Federal Trade Commission's recent ruling on 1-800 Contacts' marketing agreements with competitors is instructive, say Amy Gallegos and Michelle Peleg of Jenner & Block LLP.
When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.
For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Many courts and commentaries see no role for the Tyson “no reasonable juror” standard in the consideration of expert evidence supporting class certification in antitrust cases. However, in at least five decisions, district courts have applied it, says Lawrence Moore of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA.
The seventh hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision-making. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is best known for its handling of MDLs, but it has another important role. When challenges to federal agency action are made in multiple courts of appeal, the panel is responsible for consolidating them into a single circuit, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.
Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.
Following the First Circuit's decision last month in the Asacol antitrust litigation, some predicted the end of the Rule 23 class action process. While there is much of interest in the opinion, early comments overstated the court’s concerns and views, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.