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Competition

  • January 4, 2019

    Teva, GSK Want Lamictal Suit Paused To Appeal Class Cert.

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. are aiming to dismantle drug wholesalers' newly secured class certification in an antitrust battle centered on the availability of generic options to brand-name epilepsy drug Lamictal, asking a New Jersey federal court Thursday to put the case on hold while they appeal the class's win.

  • January 3, 2019

    Attys See FCC Shutdown As Chance To Research Policy

    The expanding federal government shutdown that closed most of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday has thrown a wrench into regulatory deadlines and placed important proceedings like merger reviews on hold, but telecom sector attorneys are trying to put the agency’s downtime to good use anyway.

  • January 3, 2019

    InterDigital Accused Of Unfair Terms For Telecom Patents

    A Swiss technology company has accused InterDigital Inc. in California federal court of demanding unfairly high royalty rates for its patents, deemed essential to wireless telecommunications, violating the mobile technology company's licensing obligations and illegally monopolizing the wireless industry.

  • January 3, 2019

    AGs Blast Generic Cos.' Bid To Gag Price-Fixing Comments

    Defending their right to comment publicly on multidistrict litigation and ongoing probes into alleged price-fixing by generic-drug companies, dozens of state attorneys general have told a Pennsylvania federal judge that a speech limitation sought by the drug companies would be unnecessary and unconstitutional.

  • January 3, 2019

    Airline Flyers In Antitrust MDL Seek Delay On Atty Fee Ruling

    At the request of 10 state attorneys general, the lawyers representing airline passengers in line for a $60 million settlement from two of the nation’s largest airlines asked a D.C. federal court on Wednesday to delay ruling on the plaintiffs' motion for attorneys' fees in the price-fixing multidistrict litigation. 

  • January 3, 2019

    Telenor Norge Challenges $91M Antitrust Fine In Norway

    Mobile operator Telenor Norge is reportedly challenging a $91 million fine for abusing its dominant position in the Norway mobile market by hamstringing the development of a new national mobile network, saying it did not see the prices of its access agreement to be unfair.

  • January 3, 2019

    Hogan Lovells Adds Ex-IBM VP To Boston Office

    Hogan Lovells LLP has added a senior counsel already working on a major acquisition for the firm to its Boston office, announcing Wednesday it has hired IBM's former vice president and assistant general counsel, David Walsh, who returned home to finish his career following a one-day retirement.

  • January 3, 2019

    Kirkland, Wachtell Steer Bristol-Myers’ $74B Celgene Buy

    Bristol-Myers Squibb, led by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, said Thursday it will take over New Jersey-based Celgene, advised by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, in a $74 billion cash-and-stock deal aimed at creating a top specialty biopharmaceutical company.

  • January 2, 2019

    NY Court Tosses NASL's Suit Against Soccer Fed. Top Brass

    A New York state judge on Wednesday threw out the North American Soccer League's lawsuit against board members of the U.S. Soccer Federation that challenges the federation's tiered professional league structure, ruling that the case overlaps with the antitrust suit ongoing in Brooklyn federal court.

  • January 2, 2019

    Allergy Co.'s Antitrust Suit Recycles Failed Trial, BCBS Says

    An antitrust suit over coverage of allergy testing and immunotherapy services is a blatant attempt to relitigate a lost trial by naming new defendants for the same conspiracy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana told a federal court in New Orleans in a push to dismiss the suit Wednesday.

  • January 2, 2019

    Broadcaster Blasted For Pulling TV Coverage Over Fee Talks

    The American Cable Association attacked Nexstar Media Group on Wednesday for pulling TV channels from cable operators in 16 markets due to an impasse over retransmission fees charged by the broadcast giant to carry its stations' content.

  • January 2, 2019

    LG Sides With Korea In $920M Fight Against Qualcomm

    LG Electronics Inc. has reportedly become the latest smartphone maker to wade into the South Korean antitrust authority's battle with Qualcomm Inc. over a 1.03 trillion won ($919.6 million) fine regulators levied against the U.S. chipmaker three years ago for abusing its market dominance.

  • January 2, 2019

    Deutsche Telekom Sues Germany Over New 5G Auction Rules

    Deutsche Telekom filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Germany’s competition enforcer, saying the agency’s new rules for 5G auctions would prevent network infrastructure from expanding, according to local reports.

  • January 2, 2019

    FTC, Qualcomm Tee Up Arguments Before Antitrust Trial

    Qualcomm has outlined its defense for the trial slated to begin Friday over Federal Trade Commission allegations that the chipmaker used its monopoly to force cellphone makers into unfair agreements, claiming its deals are the result of negotiations with “sophisticated” parties.

  • January 2, 2019

    Class Attys Look To Milk $13M From Dairy Settlement

    Lawyers who secured a $40 million deal ending a suit by a proposed class of farmers alleging DairyAmerica Inc. and an affiliate lowballed milk prices paid to the class members are asking a California federal judge for a $13.3 million slice of the settlement and $824,000 in costs.

  • January 2, 2019

    Advocates Challenge FCC's Eased Media-Ownership Rules

    Several advocacy groups including Common Cause have filed a Third Circuit challenge to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's orders relaxing media ownership rules in local markets, calling them detrimental to diversity in radio and television.

  • January 2, 2019

    Brazil Says There Is Collusion In Resin Market

    Brazil's competition authority accused a chemical manufacturer and a consulting firm of colluding to dominate the country's resin market, calling on the judicial arm to convict the companies still under investigation after the watchdog cut deals with nine others.

  • January 1, 2019

    Antitrust Cases To Watch In 2019

    The antitrust cases likely to dominate 2019 are for the most part continuations of 2018’s biggest cases, including contentious disputes over technology patent licensing, enforcement actions targeting makers of brand-name and generic drugs, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

  • January 1, 2019

    Merger Reviews To Watch In 2019

    Competition enforcers enter 2019 with several major merger cases underway, including the U.S. Department of Justice challenge of AT&T's blockbuster deal for Time Warner. But the agencies are also reviewing a couple of other deals that could join the slate of high profile merger challenges this year.

  • January 1, 2019

    California Cases To Watch In 2019

    California attorneys will see the news cycle converge with the courtroom in 2019, as women take their fight for workplace equality to the halls of BigLaw; the Golden State battles it out with President Donald Trump over immigration and the environment; Apple fights its latest epic IP war; and cryptocurrency begins to reckon with federal securities law.

Expert Analysis

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 8

    Barry Reingold

    The fifth hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed vertical mergers and the consumer welfare standard. Barry Reingold of Perkins Coie LLP offers some key takeaways.

  • DOJ's Yates Memo Has Little Effect On Antitrust Division

    Eric Meiring

    Since the Yates memo on individual accountability for corporate crimes was issued in 2015, the overall number of criminal antitrust cases is down significantly, and the prosecutions of Steppig, Maruyasu and Lischewski illustrate the policy's lack of lasting impact, say Eric Meiring and Brandon Duke of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Spotlight On Private Antitrust Enforcement At Seoul Forum

    James Robertson Martin

    At the 10th International Seoul Competition Forum, panelists discussed how private litigation can supplement public enforcement of antitrust laws, and explored how Korea, Hong Kong, China and Europe are all moving in the direction of U.S.-style private enforcement, but to varying degrees, says James Robertson Martin of Zelle LLP.

  • Watch For Antitrust Developments North Of The Border

    Mohsen Seddigh

    Next month, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Godfrey v. Sony Corporation, which could be one of the most important antitrust cases to ever come before the court. The decision on "umbrella purchasers" will determine the viability of some future Canadian antitrust class actions, says Mohsen Seddigh of Sotos LLP.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Days 6 And 7

    Eric Weiss

    The fourth hearing in the Federal Trade Commission’s series on competition in the 21st century addressed innovation and intellectual property. Eric Weiss and Nick Hesterberg of Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways.

  • With Conflicting Paths On FAA, High Court Likely To Take Both

    Scott Oswald

    Fierce brainpower was on show Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices seemed likely to deliver a business-friendly outcome in two separate cases under the Federal Arbitration Act — even though this would require treating the FAA’s blind enforcement of arbitration agreements as sacrosanct in one instance while undermining it in another, says Scott Oswald of The Employment Law Group PC.

  • Learning From A Failed Merger: The Sinclair-Tribune Pitfalls

    Richie Falek

    ​In light of ​r​​egulatory success in recent major media mergers, the termination of Sinclair​ Broadcast​’s attempted acquisition of Tribune Media came as a shock to many.​ Attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP explain what went wrong and discuss how to avoid having a deal suffer a similar fate.