Competition

  • January 11, 2017

    Sanofi Accused Of Blocking Rival On Diabetes Drug

    Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi unlawfully claimed it had additional patents covering one of its diabetes drugs in a bid to stave off new competition, according to a proposed class action a Puerto Rico-based drug wholesaler filed in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday.

  • January 11, 2017

    Visa, MasterCard Get No Respite From Wave Of UK Fee Battles

    The fires that MasterCard and Visa have to put out over their historical interchange fees just keep springing up in the U.K. courts, with dozens of companies filing claims at the end of 2016 and adding to the pile of ongoing cases the firms are already fighting.

  • January 11, 2017

    DOJ’s Dodgers Info-Sharing Case Is Flimsy, DirecTV Says

    DirecTV and AT&T asked a California federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the U.S. Department of Justice’s allegations that it blocked many Los Angeles Dodgers fans from watching their team on TV by exchanging sensitive information on negotiations with rivals, saying the government’s case against it was weak.

  • January 11, 2017

    Consumer Orgs Ask 1st Circ. To Ax Momenta Antitrust Shield

    Public interest groups urged the First Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a lower court's ruling that the Noerr-Pennington doctrine protects drugmaker Momenta from claims that it plotted with Sandoz to keep rival Amphastar from selling a generic version of the anticoagulant Lovenox, saying the court interpreted the doctrine too broadly.

  • January 11, 2017

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Lobbying activity on major controversial issues at the Federal Communications Commission has slowed as the changeover to a new administration continues, but experts say these months of transition are also a formative time for the industry to make its case before staff and commissioners.

  • January 11, 2017

    US Faces Uphill Battle To Extradite UK FX Traders, Attys Say

    The U.S. may struggle to extradite three former traders charged Tuesday with rigging foreign currency exchange markets because Britain's Serious Fraud Office has already cleared them from prosecution following a major investigation, their lawyers said Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    Homeowners Get More Time In PNC Lender Kickback Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday allowed homeowners accusing a PNC Bank predecessor of accepting kickbacks for referring mortgage customers to insurers to modify their class action complaint to skirt a one-year statute of limitations under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

  • January 10, 2017

    Sessions Defends Record In Bid For AG Before Senate Panel

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, pushed back on questions about his record in the Senate and as a prosecutor Tuesday, as members of a Senate panel pushed him on immigration enforcement, the role of federal government and his civil rights record.

  • January 10, 2017

    MLB Says Scouts' Pay-Suit Whiff Hurts Minor Leaguers' Case

    Major League Baseball told the Ninth Circuit that a recent New York federal court decision to toss professional baseball scouts' pay-suppression claims because of baseball's antitrust exemption shows that the exemption is alive and well and was properly invoked to dismiss similar claims by minor league ballplayers.

  • January 10, 2017

    Polaris Gets Quick Win In Time-Barred Army Supplier Spat

    A Michigan federal judge Tuesday tossed a U.S. Army supplier’s suit alleging a competitor conspired with an Army contracting officer to undermine its bid for an all-terrain vehicle contract, because the statute of limitations on the claims had expired.

  • January 10, 2017

    Feds Charge 4 In Foreign Bribery Plot To Sell $800M Complex

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced charges against four individuals over an alleged scheme to bribe a foreign official to buy a $800 million building complex in Vietnam.

  • January 10, 2017

    1st Circ. Won't Rethink Nexium Pay-For-Delay Decision

    The First Circuit on Tuesday turned down bids by Nexium buyers for a rehearing of its November decision declining to revive a pay-for-delay class action against AstraZeneca and Ranbaxy over the heartburn medication.

  • January 10, 2017

    ChemChina, Syngenta Offer EU Antitrust Fixes For $43B Deal

    China National Chemical Corp. and Syngenta AG have offered European antitrust regulators concessions to assuage concerns that ChemChina’s planned $43 billion takeover of the Swiss firm would harm competition.

  • January 10, 2017

    3 More Ex-Currency Traders Charged With Forex Rate Rigging

    Three former foreign currency traders for Barclays PLC, Citigroup Inc. and two other large banks on Tuesday became the latest defendants to face criminal charges in a U.S. Department of Justice probe into foreign currency market manipulation.

  • January 10, 2017

    Sabre Says Jury Lacked Proof For $15M US Airways Verdict

    Trip-planning giant Sabre urged a New York federal judge Monday to enter judgment in its favor weeks after a Manhattan jury awarded US Airways $15 million on a finding that Sabre restrained trade by forcing unfavorable contract terms on the airline, citing a "pervasive" failure of proof in the case.

  • January 10, 2017

    Ex-Cadwalader Competition Team Joins Dechert In Brussels

    Dechert LLP has expanded its antitrust and competition practice by adding a group of former Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP attorneys to its Brussels office.

  • January 10, 2017

    2 More Energy Execs Cop Pleas In Venezuela Bribery Scheme

    Two energy company owners pled guilty to foreign bribery charges for their roles in an alleged scheme to fraudulently secure energy contracts from Venezuela's state-owned oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela SA, a scheme that has already netted several guilty pleas, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    EU Must Pay Up For Lengthy Cartel Appeal In Landmark Case

    A European Union court for the first time Tuesday awarded two companies damages against the bloc for the excessive delay in the industrial bag makers' appeal of cartel fines, granting them about €50,000 ($52,797) as four similar challenges await on the court's docket.

  • January 10, 2017

    Ex-NJ Pharma Execs Admit To Generic Drug Price-Fixing Plot

    Two former Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. executives admitted Monday in Pennsylvania federal court to plotting to fix prices of antibiotics and diabetes treatments, marking the first charges in the U.S. Department of Justice's ongoing antitrust investigation into the generic drug industry.

  • January 10, 2017

    Japanese Co. Wants Early Exit From Capacitor Antitrust MDL

    Japan-based Soshin Electric Co. Ltd. asked a California federal court to grant it and a U.S. affiliate summary judgment in multidistrict litigation over an alleged conspiracy to fix prices for electrical capacitors, saying it did not sell the components in the U.S.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: 1,166 Pieces Of Evidence And No Due Process

    Ron Katz

    Think of how the press would report a trial in a dictatorial country where 1,166 pieces of evidence were submitted for the prosecution and none for the defense. There is a phrase for that: "show trial." That phrase is particularly apt regarding the World Anti-Doping Agency's McLaren Report, says Ronald S. Katz, senior counsel at Manatt Phelps and Phillips LLP and chair emeritus of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Universit... (continued)

  • Auto Dealer Robinson-Patman Act Cases After Stevens Creek

    Adam L. Hudes

    Following a two-week trial in the Northern District of California, a federal jury recently found that Fiat Chrysler’s dealer incentive program did not violate the Robinson-Patman Act’s prohibition against price discrimination. The lawsuit highlights two competing themes that have played out in recent years, say Adam Hudes and Stephen Medlock of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Rules Of Civil Procedure Updates Affect E-Discovery

    Patrick Reilly

    On Dec. 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Revisions include the end of the three-day “mail rule” extension for electronically served discovery, an amendment regarding service of internationally based corporate defendants, and a technical change regarding venues in maritime law actions, say Patrick Reilly and Eldin Hasic of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • Reflecting On Year 1 Of Hong Kong Competition Enforcement

    Jessica M. Hoke VanDerMiller

    Dec. 14, 2016, marks the first birthday of the implementation of Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance. From educating consumers on the benefits of competition, to studying the industries that affect consumers most, and beginning to bring enforcement actions against offenders, it has been a productive year for the Competition Commission, says Jessica Hoke VanDerMiller of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • $3M Takeaways From GN Netcom V. Plantronics

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    The District of Delaware ruling in GN Netcom Inc. v. Plantronics Inc. is a troubling read for practitioners who have dealt with electronically stored information. Significant ESI preservation steps were taken but the actions of one rogue executive cost the company dearly, says Matthew Scully of Burr & Forman LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • How Latin America Is Stepping Up Anti-Corruption Efforts

    Morgan Miller

    For much of 2015 and 2016, barely a day went by without an anti-corruption-related headline involving Latin America, as companies operating throughout the region have and continue to become well acquainted with a growing appetite to root out corruption, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.