Competition

  • January 30, 2018

    Akorn, Fera, Perrigo Settle Trade Secrets, Antitrust Suit

    Fera Pharmaceuticals LLC and Akorn Inc. have settled a $100 million trade secrets case tied to a supply agreement for eye infection treatments, along with antitrust counterclaims that brought Perrigo Co. PLC into the mix, ending the suit Monday, just weeks before a scheduled trial.

  • January 29, 2018

    Philly Parking Authority Scores Win In Uber Regulation Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday killed the bulk of a suit by Philadelphia taxicab operators alleging the city’s parking authority unfairly refused to regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, ruling that the court couldn’t protect the cabbies from market competition.

  • January 29, 2018

    Autoworkers Accuse Fiat Chrysler, Union Of Collusion

    Days after an ex-Fiat Chrysler executive pled guilty to his role in an alleged scheme to pay off a union official, a proposed class of autoworkers sued the car maker and United Automobile Workers in Michigan federal court Friday, saying the company and the union colluded to sacrifice workers’ interests at the bargaining table.

  • January 29, 2018

    Fox Sports Cos., Execs Duck Some Of TV Rights Bribery Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Friday nixed antitrust and deceptive practices claim from a bribery lawsuit against Fox Sports units and executives over broadcast rights for South American soccer tournaments, but said they could not shake allegations of corruption.

  • January 29, 2018

    Spanish Manufacturer Challenges EU Decision Over State Aid

    A company that makes metal parts has challenged a decision from the European Commission finding that a tax credit the manufacturer received from the Spanish government ran afoul of European Union state aid law, according to a Monday filing.

  • January 29, 2018

    Uber Says Calif. Codes Bar Cab Drivers' Low Pricing Suits

    Uber urged a San Francisco judge Monday to toss several suits alleging its low pricing seeks to illegally squeeze taxi companies out of the ride service industry, arguing Uber is exempt from state competition laws, because its rates fall under the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission.

  • January 29, 2018

    Ports Defend French Tax Break In EU Court

    An association of French ports is going to court to defend a corporate tax break, claiming the European Commission erred in a 2017 ruling striking it down as a distortion of the common market, according to a Monday filing.

  • January 29, 2018

    Top EU Court Asked For Input On Portuguese Antitrust Fight

    The European Court of Justice logged a request Monday from a Portuguese court asking whether it should apply a European Union directive to a competition dispute over sport channel distribution rights even though the suit was filed nearly two years before EU members were required to adapt the directive into their own laws.

  • January 29, 2018

    EU Extends Deadline For Bayer-Monsanto Review

    Europe’s antitrust enforcer on Friday extended its deadline for a review of Bayer AG’s planned $63.5 billion purchase of U.S.-based Monsanto Co., adding another wrinkle in the companies’ quest for regulatory clearance of the deal.

  • January 29, 2018

    Novartis Blasts Attempt To Revive Pay-For-Delay Suit

    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. on Friday urged the First Circuit to nix allegations it used a sham litigation to extend its monopoly over the leukemia drug Gleevec, saying a lower court correctly found a group of buyers had not shown the company’s efforts to enforce the patent at issue were baseless.

  • January 29, 2018

    Bipartisan Net Neutrality Legislation Possible, GOP Rep. Says

    Bipartisan legislation to address the so-called net neutrality debate is still on the table despite an attempt to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s recent vote through the Congressional Review Act, according to Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Monday.

  • January 29, 2018

    Cozen O'Connor Adds Ex-Lindquist Antitrust Litigator

    Cozen O’Connor PC said it has hired a former Lindquist & Vennum LLP litigator who’s experienced in complex commercial, antitrust, intellectual property and class action disputes.

  • January 29, 2018

    Property Co. Pushes To Renew RBS Libor Swaps Test Case

    A real estate group seeking to revive its landmark £30 million ($42 million) misselling case against Royal Bank of Scotland told a London appeals court Monday that the bank misled it about the risks of the Libor-linked swaps.

  • January 29, 2018

    RBS Gets Another Open Banking Deadline Extension

    The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC has received a second deadline extension to comply with the U.K. antitrust regulator’s open banking initiative, after the bank said it would need another seven months to enroll some customers in automatic overdraft alerts.

  • January 26, 2018

    FTC Finally Poised For A Shake-Up

    A year into office, President Donald Trump has now nominated a nearly full slate of commissioners for the Federal Trade Commission, and though that means the FTC may finally regain some stability, there are political obstacles that could drag out an already harmful delay in putting new leadership in place. Here, Law360 breaks it all down.

  • January 26, 2018

    Ex-UBS Metals Trader Accused Of Spoofing Hit With CFTC Suit

    A former UBS trader facing criminal allegations that he schemed to manipulate the precious metals futures market through a trading tactic known as “spoofing” was hit Friday in Connecticut federal court with a related U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission suit that seeks to ban him from the business.

  • January 26, 2018

    CFTC Sues 2 Ex-Deutsche Metals Traders For 'Spoofing'

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Friday sued a pair of former Deutsche Bank AG traders for allegedly engaging in manipulative trading or “spoofing” in the market for precious metals futures, as the U.S. government continues its crackdown on the practice.

  • January 26, 2018

    EU Eyes New Rules To Boost Collective Consumer Actions

    The European Commission expressed dissatisfaction on Friday at the progress that member states have made during the past several years in implementing consistent collective redress mechanisms that would allow consumers to band together to sue over privacy, environmental, antitrust and a range of other violations, and promised to propose a new framework by the spring.

  • January 26, 2018

    Investment Adviser Seeks Quick Win In BofA Tying Lawsuit

    An investment adviser accusing Bank of America of antitrust violations by tying the use of its affiliate to a loan agreement has asked a federal court in Florida for a winning judgment, claiming that the undisputed evidence in the case establishes a “per se” tying violation.

  • January 26, 2018

    Ixchel On Last Legs With Antitrust Claims Against Biogen

    A California federal judge on Thursday gave Ixchel Pharma LLC one last chance to accuse Biogen Inc. of entering into an anti-competitive agreement with another company and undermining Ixchel’s development of a treatment for a rare neuromuscular disease, holding the latest complaint is just as deficient as its predecessor.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Data-Scraping Lessons From 7th Circ. Ruling

    Benjamin Byer

    Although the Seventh Circuit recently vacated a preliminary injunction that required two competing software companies to allow a third-party data scraper access to their sites and data, the case highlights the complex intersection of big data, copyright, antitrust and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, says Benjamin Byer of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Justice and Empathy

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • High Transparency May Help SSOs Under Attack By DOJ

    David Newman

    Member-driven standard-setting organizations have traditionally steered clear of antitrust focus despite their inevitable tendency for concerted action. However, new scrutiny espoused by Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim should lead SSOs to change protocol, says David Newman, leader of Gould & Ratner LLP's intellectual property group.

  • Key Takeaways From The ABA Antitrust Fall Forum

    Jon Jacobs

    At the American Bar Association's annual Antitrust Fall Forum last week, the theme was “predictability,” and we heard from all three branches of government — from keynote addresses by agency enforcers and legislators, to an entertaining panel with federal judges who presided over recent trials, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Calif.'s New Focus On Drug Pricing Transparency

    John Chelsey

    California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed SB-17, a law intended to foster transparency in connection with drug pricing and its impact on insurance costs. The law imposes significant new reporting requirements on many drug manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, and health care service plans and health insurers operating in California, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 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.