Competition

  • January 2, 2018

    Lupin, Sandoz Settle With Retailers In Solodyn Suit

    Generic-drug makers Lupin Ltd. and Sandoz Inc. settled with Walgreen Co., CVS Pharmacy Inc., Rite Aid Corp. and other retailers over allegations in Massachusetts federal court that the manufacturers had accepted payments from Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. to stay out of the market for acne medication Solodyn.

  • January 2, 2018

    MoneyGram, Ant Financial Call Off Merger Over CFIUS Woes

    Texas-based money transfer company MoneyGram International Inc. and China-based Ant Financial Services Group announced Tuesday that they have called off a proposed merger because they were unable to get the required approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

  • January 2, 2018

    Aetna Says Inquiry Shows ACA Withdrawal Suit Is Meritless

    Aetna Inc. has asked a Pennsylvania court to toss a shareholder suit claiming the company misled investors about its reasons for leaving Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges last year, arguing an independent special committee found Aetna’s executives used proper business judgment in exiting the exchanges.

  • January 2, 2018

    Ramen Noodle Cos. Must Face Price-Fixing Class Action

    A California federal judge refused to let a pair of Korean ramen noodle companies rely on statutes of limitations to dodge a price-fixing class action against them, ruling that evidence destruction means that the Sherman Act claims in the suit weren’t time-barred.

  • January 2, 2018

    Southwest Inks $15M Deal To Exit Airline Price-Fixing MDL

    Southwest Airlines has reached a $15 million settlement in a multidistrict litigation in which Southwest and three other major U.S. airlines are accused of conspiring to limit domestic flight capacity and inflate fares, a group of travelers who sued the airlines told a D.C. federal judge on Friday.

  • January 2, 2018

    Drywall Makers To Pay $125M To Settle Price-Fixing Claims

    Several drywall manufacturers have agreed to pay a class of direct purchasers an additional $125 million to settle price-fixing claims in multidistrict litigation being overseen by a Pennsylvania federal court, class counsel said Tuesday.

  • January 2, 2018

    Uber Must Face Boston Taxicabs' Unlawful Competition Claims

    A Massachusetts federal judge has tossed antitrust claims against Uber Technologies Inc. in suits brought by more than 700 licensed Boston taxicab medallion holders who accuse the ride-hailing service of violating city taxi rules, but he kept intact unlawful competition claims and claims alleging Uber helped its drivers circumvent the rules.

  • January 2, 2018

    Capital One Seeks To Revive Banking-Tech Monopoly Claims

    Capital One Financial Corp. has given notice that it will ask the Federal Circuit to revive counterclaims nixed in Maryland federal court in late November that accused Intellectual Ventures I LLC of monopolizing the banking technology market with a vast patent portfolio and infringement accusations.

  • January 2, 2018

    Ex-UBS Trader Fights FCA Ban Over Libor Manipulation

    A former UBS AG trader began a court battle Tuesday to overturn the Financial Conduct Authority’s decision to ban him from the industry after the Libor scandal, arguing that he was following orders from his superiors when he sent his preferred figures for the key benchmark rate to the bank's submitters for the key benchmark rate.

  • January 1, 2018

    M&A Regulation To Watch In 2018

    With promises from the current administration to roll back a trove of Obama-era regulations, eviscerate current banking rules and crack down on foreign investments in the United States, the regulatory landscape for deal-makers is in a near-constant state of upheaval.

  • January 1, 2018

    City Firms Prepare To Steer Into 2018's Regulatory Flood

    London's enormous financial services sector is no stranger to regulation, but January 2018 poses a test rivaling any period in history as a swath of new rulebooks enter into force within days of each other, which lawyers say promise to redraw the landscape.

  • January 1, 2018

    Life Sciences Cases To Watch In 2018

    The life sciences world is booming with questions over the future of patent challenges, whether opioid makers can survive a litany of deceptive marketing suits, and whether Allergan PLC’s bold move to sell some of its patents to a Native American tribe will pay off. Here's which cases life sciences attorneys should have their eyes on in 2018.

  • January 1, 2018

    2018 Is The Year Fintech Is Forced To Grow Up

    The year ahead could finally be the year of maturity for London's nascent fintech sector, lawyers say, as a deluge of regulation designed to open competition between the upstarts and the traditional financiers promises to put both on a more level playing field. Here, experts look at the four biggest challenges facing fintech firms in 2018.

  • January 1, 2018

    Global Competition Law Developments To Watch In 2018

    From possible revisions to China's 10-year-old antitrust rulebook to continuing questions about how Brexit will affect the enforcement landscape in Europe, 2018 promises to be a busy year for competition law around the world. Here, Law360 looks at a few key changes to watch.

  • January 1, 2018

    Merger Reviews To Watch In 2018

    Despite predictions that the government would take a less aggressive stance on merger enforcement under the Trump administration, both antitrust agencies are heading into 2018 with blockbuster challenges lined up in the federal courts. Here, Law360 looks at merger reviews and challenges to watch in the year ahead.

  • December 22, 2017

    La. Not Bound By Flonase Antitrust Settlement: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit issued a published decision on Friday finding that a class action antitrust settlement GlaxoSmithKline inked over alleged efforts to stymie generic competition for Flonase nasal spray did not bar the state of Louisiana from pursuing its own claims over the drug.

  • December 21, 2017

    Douglas Kills Arbitration Bid In Antitrust Row: 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld a Texas federal judge's ruling overriding an arbitration agreement in an antitrust suit in which a dental supply manufacturer accused six others of pushing it out of the market, saying the underlying contract had nothing to do with the dispute before the court.

  • December 21, 2017

    Trump Emoluments Suit Tossed For Lack Of Standing

    A New York federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump has a conflict of interest through his hospitality holdings that’s resulted in influence-peddling in violation of the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause, saying a nonprofit ethics group and hospitality representatives lacked standing to sue.

  • December 21, 2017

    Judge Warns Lawyers To Keep Quiet On AT&T Merger Row

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday gave a preemptive warning to lawyers in a lawsuit over the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner, telling attorneys to confine their arguments to the court room and avoid talking to the press about the case.

  • December 21, 2017

    Shale Landowners Denied Class Arbitration In Royalty Row

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday denied a group of over 600 Marcellus Shale landowners’ bid for class arbitration in their fight with Chesapeake Energy Corp., Anadarko Energy and other drillers over shale gas royalty payments, and instead booted the bulk of the cases into individual arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • New Bipartisan CFIUS Reform Begins To Take Shape

    Mario Mancuso

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 introduced last week is intended to strengthen the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and address the committee's perceived inadequacies. If enacted, this legislation would reflect the most significant changes to CFIUS in the last decade, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.