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Competition

  • August 6, 2018

    Chamber Says 9th Circ. Shouldn't Redo Uber Union Opinion

    A Ninth Circuit panel was right to find that Seattle’s law letting for-hire drivers, like those from Uber, form quasi-unions is vulnerable to an antitrust challenge, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Friday in a brief urging the full court not to rethink a ruling reviving parts of the business group’s suit.

  • August 6, 2018

    FTC Wants More Assets Sold For Praxair Deal, Linde Says

    German gas giant Linde AG announced that the Federal Trade Commission wants the company to sell off additional assets to clear a planned $70 billion merger with Praxair Inc., less than a month after it said it would divest $3.3 billion in North and South American business interests to earn regulators' blessing. 

  • August 6, 2018

    Rising Star: Weil's Jeff White

    Jeff White of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has helped companies including Walgreens Boots Alliance navigate complicated merger reviews to find solutions that get multibillion-dollar deals through, earning him a spot among five competition attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 6, 2018

    Arista Agrees To Pay Cisco $400M On Eve Of Antitrust Trial

    On the eve of trial in Arista Networks Inc.'s antitrust suit against Cisco Systems Inc. in California federal court on Monday, the parties settled multiple disputes in a deal that sees Arista paying $400 million and Cisco dropping patent infringement allegations.

  • August 3, 2018

    CVS Hits Pfizer With Antitrust Suit Over Lipitor Delay

    CVS Pharmacy Inc. launched an antitrust suit in New Jersey federal court Friday accusing Pfizer Inc. of fraudulently obtaining a patent and conspiring with Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. to delay generic competition to the cholesterol drug Lipitor, saying the alleged scheme cost the pharmacy giant hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • August 3, 2018

    Forex Traders Want Pleas, Spoofing Claims Kept Out Of Trial

    Three London-based foreign currency exchange traders urged a Manhattan federal judge to block prosecutors from bringing up a group of large banks’ guilty pleas to manipulating the forex market, or any accusations of “spoofing” from their upcoming trial.

  • August 3, 2018

    ​​​​​​​FTC Can't Block Theoretical Drugmaker Moves, Shire Says

    The Federal Trade Commission is exceeding its authority by trying to preemptively block Shire ViroPharma Inc. from petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to delay generic competition based on theoretical concerns it may do so, the drugmaker told the Third Circuit in a newly filed brief.

  • August 3, 2018

    More Law Firms File Antitrust Suits In Sinclair TV Ad Rate Row

    The number of proposed antitrust class actions from local law firms accusing Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. of conspiring to artificially inflate prices for local television advertising continues to grow, including at least one lawsuit roping in other major local television station owners like Hearst Corp.

  • August 3, 2018

    Airline Passengers Appear Near Cert. In Price-Fixing Suit

    A California federal judge appeared open Friday to certifying a class of passengers who accuse All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. of fixing the price of long-haul flights to Pacific destinations, saying during a hearing that while the airline is trying to "slice and dice" class claims before trial, there seems to be enough evidence to show a plausible basis for awarding damages classwide.

  • August 3, 2018

    No-Poach Suits Against Rail Cos. Consolidated In Pa.

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday consolidated three cases by employees of rail equipment suppliers Knorr-Bremse and Wabtec accusing the companies of striking deals not to poach each other's workers, saying it will save on time and costs.

  • August 3, 2018

    FCC Nixes BeIN's Discrimination Complaint Against Comcast

    The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed TV network beIN Sport's complaint alleging Comcast unfairly advantages its own sports channels by shutting belN out of markets and keeping it off less expensive television packages, finding the upstart network was too vague on the types of programming it wanted the broadcasting giant to distribute.

  • August 3, 2018

    Quinn Can't Bind Ex-Partners With Bogus Clause: Selendy

    A team of 10 former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partners said late Thursday that the firm’s effort to compel the remittance of legal fees earned at their new venture, Selendy & Gay PLLC, should be rejected, calling the partnership agreement clause the global litigation powerhouse wants to enforce through arbitration as being invalid on its face. 

  • August 3, 2018

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Michael Gleason

    Jones Day’s Michael Gleason helped earn a rare decision against a Federal Trade Commission bid to block a hospital merger, and also represented Parker Hannifin as it navigated an antitrust challenge to its $4.3 billion acquisition of a competitor, earning him a spot as an attorney under 40 honored as one of Law360’s competition Rising Stars.

  • August 3, 2018

    Auto Dealer Attys Seek $33M From Latest MDL Settlements

    Attorneys for a group of car dealers have asked a Michigan federal court for $33 million in fees for their work in the third round of class action settlements in multidistrict litigation for bid-rigging and price-fixing of car parts by 23 different auto parts makers.

  • August 2, 2018

    Bayer, Dow Hit With Polyurethane Price-Fixing Suit

    Bayer AG, Dow Chemical Co. and a handful of other manufacturers were hit with another proposed antitrust class action alleging they conspired to limit production of a pair of chemicals used to make polyurethane, according to a suit in New York federal court.

  • August 2, 2018

    Barclays, Citi $250M Libor MDL Deal With Investors OK'd

    A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday granted final approval for two settlements worth a combined $250 million that will see Citigroup Inc. and Barclays Bank PLC exit a massive, seven-year multidistrict litigation from investors who accused multiple banks of conspiring to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate.

  • August 2, 2018

    Fla. Bar, Traffic Ticket Law Firm Seek End To Antitrust Suit

    The Florida Bar and a traffic ticket law firm asked a federal court to end ticket services startup TIKD's multimillion-dollar antitrust suit against them Wednesday, saying they acted separately and properly in seeking review of the legality of TIKD's practices.

  • August 2, 2018

    UK Launches Broad Review Of Tech Competition Policies

    The United Kingdom unveiled plans Thursday to review competition rules for the country's £116 billion ($151 billion) digital sector, hiring an economics expert who served under former U.S. President Barack Obama to examine a host of issues, ranging from how to deal with mergers between tech companies to the antitrust implications of data concentration.

  • August 2, 2018

    EU Watchdog To Probe Copper Merger On Antitrust Worries

    The European Commission on Wednesday opened an investigation into a proposed merger of two German rolled copper manufacturers, based on competition concerns, the second such tie-up to get an in-depth look in the last two weeks.

  • August 2, 2018

    Radio Mentorship Program Passes FCC With Opposition

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve framework for a program that lets established radio broadcasters obtain a break on media ownership rules in exchange for shepherding a new or struggling station, over objections that such a program doesn't go far enough to address barriers to minority ownership.

Expert Analysis

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Supreme Court Decision Weakens Deference To Foreign Laws

    Valarie Williams

    The U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Animal Science v. Hebei that a U.S. court is not bound by a foreign government's interpretation of its own laws is likely to have a lasting impact on legal decision-makers across the globe as they make determinations about deference to foreign laws, including U.S. laws, say attorneys at Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Will The Robots Who Replace Us Also Pay Income Tax?

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    Modern information technology, intelligent algorithms and production robots are strongly influencing the working world in the 21st century. This article, by attorneys at CMS Francis Lefebvre, provides an overview of the future labor market as well as the impact of artificial intelligence on labor law and tax issues.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Kaepernick Case Raises Arbitrator Subpoena Power Issues

    Gregory Capps

    It has been widely reported that lawyers representing Colin Kaepernick in collective bargaining arbitration proceedings with the NFL may ask the arbitrator to compel President Donald Trump to appear for deposition. The case presents interesting issues about the power of an arbitrator to compel testimony of a nonparty, say attorneys with White and Williams LLP​​​​​​​.