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Competition

  • October 11, 2018

    Vehicle Registration Co. Must Show Docs In Antitrust MDL

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to quash a digital registration company's request for discovery from a vehicle information services firm in antitrust multidistrict litigation, saying the pretrial process shouldn't stop just because the case might eventually get dismissed.

  • October 11, 2018

    Atlantic Air Travel Agreement Faces UK Antitrust Review

    The United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday it has launched an investigation into a partnership covering trans-Atlantic air routes between American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair, in advance of the 2020 expiration of European Union regulatory requirements on the partnership.

  • October 11, 2018

    Grassley Seeks FTC Probe Of Hospital, Insurer Contracts

    The Federal Trade Commission should immediately look into allegations that hospitals are driving up health care costs by nailing down anti-competitive, high-price contracts with insurers, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told the agency Wednesday.

  • October 11, 2018

    HTC Told To Reveal Google Transaction Records To Ericsson

    HTC must hand over records of a Google transaction in its lawsuit accusing Ericsson of overcharging for aging standard-essential patents, after a judge said the information may aid Ericsson's counterclaims accusing the Taiwanese smartphone maker of offering unfair licensing rates.

  • October 11, 2018

    5G Boost From T-Mobile Merger Said To Benefit Taxpayers

    A national tax reform group has endorsed the proposed merger of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc., telling the Federal Communications Commission that combining the telecoms will help them roll out 5G networks and save taxpayers money by reducing subsidies.

  • October 11, 2018

    UK Watchdog Orders Breakup Of Laundry Co. Merger

    The United Kingdom’s competition watchdog said Thursday that a recent merger between laundry companies must be broken up because it has reduced competition for the supply of managed laundry services to higher education providers.

  • October 11, 2018

    Court Urged To Decertify Class In Hospital Price Hike Row

    NorthShore University HealthSystem has again sought class decertification in an antitrust suit accusing it of harming the market for acute-care inpatient services, saying the latest class representative doesn’t pass muster.

  • October 11, 2018

    Blue Cross Insurer, LabCorp Beat STD-Testing Antitrust Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed an antitrust suit brought by a lab testing company that alleged Independence Blue Cross and LabCorp worked together to eliminate competition for testing of sexually transmitted diseases in the state, saying that a contractual obligation is not an antitrust violation.

  • October 11, 2018

    AmEx Aims To Toss Amended Claims In Card-Steering Row

    American Express asked a Brooklyn federal court Thursday to toss multidistrict litigation accusing the company of violating antitrust law by preventing merchants from steering their customers toward competing cards, saying the vendors have failed to state a claim in an amended complaint and that their allegations are otherwise barred for various reasons.

  • October 10, 2018

    Abuse Scandals May Put Olympic Antitrust Immunity In Doubt

    A senator's threat last week to look into stripping the U.S. Olympic Committee of its antitrust protection if it fails to reform amid a series of sexual abuse scandals could upend the way U.S. Olympics sports have been organized and funded for decades.

  • October 10, 2018

    Forex 'Cartel' Traders Cheated The Market, Jury Hears

    Using a private chatroom dubbed “the cartel,” three former foreign currency exchange traders for Barclays PLC, Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. units colluded to suppress competition in the forex market, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday as the trio's criminal forex-rigging trial began.

  • October 10, 2018

    Investor Says Teva Pharma Lied About Price-Hike Scheme

    A Swedish investment firm Wednesday accused Teva Pharmaceuticals in Connecticut federal court of lying to shareholders about an alleged scheme to pump up its share prices through a series of unsustainable price hikes that ultimately resulted in a spate of antitrust suits and the collapse of its market value.

  • October 10, 2018

    UK Antitrust Regulator Clears Power Co. Merger

    The United Kingdom's antitrust watchdog agreed Wednesday to a merger between two natural gas and electricity companies, concluding that the crowded field of domestic British retail energy companies will continue to give consumers "plenty of choice" after the tie-up.

  • October 10, 2018

    Greece Fines Unilever €27M For Abuse In Margarine Market

    Greece's competition watchdog said Wednesday that it had fined a Unilever unit €27.6 million ($31.8 million) for abusing its dominance in the market for margarine by imposing unfair restrictions on retailers and wholesalers.

  • October 10, 2018

    Shearman & Sterling Lures Merger Veteran From FTC

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has brought on a veteran Federal Trade Commission litigator to be a partner in its antitrust practice in Washington, D.C.

  • October 10, 2018

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Golf Ball-Tracking Technology Suit

    A high-tech golf range startup can't pursue claims that a rival squeezed it out of the market by nabbing key golf ball-tracking technology because its antitrust suit only speculated about future injury, the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Japan Ends Airbnb Antitrust Probe After Listing Rule Waived

    Japan’s antitrust watchdog announced Wednesday that it was closing a monopoly investigation into Airbnb after the home-sharing giant waived its right to enforce contract restrictions barring third-party lodging management providers from using its competitors to list accommodations.

  • October 10, 2018

    CVS To Sell Medicare Plan To Win $69B Aetna Deal Clearance

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that it has cleared CVS Health Corp.’s planned $69 billion deal for health insurer Aetna Inc. after the companies agreed to sell off a Medicare prescription drug plan business to WellCare.

  • October 9, 2018

    Utility JV Wins €13M In UK Power Cartel Damages Suit

    A Swiss-based multinational was found liable Tuesday for €13 million ($15 million) in overcharges to a joint venture between the United Kingdom and Dutch electricity grid owners that was harmed by an electricity cable cartel.

  • October 9, 2018

    Google Appeals €4.3B EU Fine In Android Antitrust Case

    Google Inc. said Tuesday that it has appealed a record €4.34 billion ($5.04 billion) fine the European Union’s antitrust enforcer doled out in July for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system, just before its mid-October compliance deadline.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Structuring Investigations In Light Of UK Privilege Case

    Mark Beeley

    The English Court of Appeal's much-anticipated decision in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation means that companies will continue to face difficulties in obtaining the information they need to investigate suspected wrongdoing, without losing the benefit of legal advice privilege under English law, say Mark Beeley and Rebecca Dipple of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Foreign Investments In German Cos. Face Increased Scrutiny

    Daniel Wiedmann

    Tighter rules for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States have been echoed in Germany, and further changes are on the way. Recent developments show that the German government does not shy away from blocking foreign investments, says Daniel Wiedmann of P+P Pöllath + Partners.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • The Potential Reach Of High Court's AmEx Antitrust Analysis

    Barry Reingold

    As lower courts decide whether to apply the U.S. Supreme Court's AmEx decision to other types of two-sided markets, the key question will be whether allegedly anti-competitive conduct on one side of a platform may be credibly constrained by indirect network effects on the other, say Barry Reingold and David Chiappetta of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • How Blockchain Use Can Block Competition

    Daniel Fenske

    Given that blockchain technology is still developing and new uses are popping up every day, it is impossible to conceive of every anti-competitive problem that could arise. Daniel Fenske and Justin Steffen of Jenner & Block LLP address two antitrust issues that are readily apparent and can be mitigated.