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Competition

  • May 29, 2018

    Suits Show Conflict Even At BigLaw's Best Places For Women

    Women have been gaining ground at Ogletree Deakins and Morrison & Foerster, but gender discrimination lawsuits against these firms and others suggest that expanding women's representation doesn’t necessarily lead to equal treatment.

  • May 29, 2018

    Reform Or Retreat? UK Firms Eye Next Steps On Pay Data

    U.K. law firms have come up with numerous approaches to a new requirement for disclosing gender pay gap information, and the ensuing PR storm is pushing them in conflicting directions.

  • May 29, 2018

    How Women Are Changing The Law Firms They Lead

    Female law firm leaders have scraped their way to the top. Now they want to pull up other women, too. And this may be their toughest challenge yet.

  • May 29, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Our latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that women remain underrepresented in the legal profession, particularly at the top levels of most — but not all — law firms. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers, our annual ranking of the firms with the most women in the equity tier.

  • May 29, 2018

    Shippers Say Merger Would Limit Source For Vital Chemical

    Procurement officials for a pair of global shipping firms told a D.C. federal judge during the first day of a bench trial Tuesday that a proposed $400 million marine supply merger would leave them with just one option to purchase water treatment chemicals and services that are crucial to fleet maintenance.

  • May 29, 2018

    Early Win Bid Premature In Auto Parts MDL, Plaintiffs Say

    Plaintiffs in a suit accusing auto parts makers of conspiring to fix prices have urged a Michigan federal judge to turn down one parts maker's attempt to nix their claims, arguing that the discovery process has just begun.

  • May 29, 2018

    Quicken Loans Stole Home Valuation Tech, Suit Says

    Mortgage-lending giant Quicken Loans Inc. and its affiliates surreptitiously stole real estate appraisal startup HouseCanary’s cutting-edge home valuation technology while the companies were contracted to share services under a strict nondisclosure agreement, according to a lawsuit filed in Texas federal court.

  • May 29, 2018

    Bayer, Monsanto Win US Clearance For $62B Deal

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. that will allow their planned $62 billion merger to proceed, following $9 billion in divestitures largely already committed to by the companies to win approval in other jurisdictions.

  • May 29, 2018

    Philippines' Watchdog Says Uber's Exit Hurt Competition

    The competition authority for the Philippines said Monday that ride-hailing service Grab Inc.’s purchase of Uber Technologies Inc.’s Southeast Asia operations has already caused price increases after Uber shut down its app in the country last month despite an order from the watchdog to remain running.

  • May 29, 2018

    EC Finds Danish Post Office Aid In Line With State Aid Rules

    The European Commission said Monday it has approved subsidies for Denmark's postal service to provide delivery services as in line with European Union rules on state aid to enterprises.

  • May 29, 2018

    Germany Told It Must Recoup State Aid To Electricity Users

    Germany broke European Union state-aid rules by exempting large electricity users from paying hundreds of millions of euros in network charges in 2012 and 2013, and must recover those costs, the European Commission announced Monday.

  • May 29, 2018

    German Antitrust Agency Won't Extend Lufthansa Price Probe

    Germany’s antitrust regulator said Tuesday that it won’t probe further into Lufthansa raising ticket prices after a competitor dropped out of the market, saying the “considerable” price hike was short-term. 

  • May 25, 2018

    Law360's Glass Ceiling Report, By The Numbers

    Our latest survey of the largest U.S. law firms again paints a bleak picture for female attorneys. Here’s our breakdown of the data from this year’s Glass Ceiling Report.

  • May 25, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Why Are All The Partners Still Men?

    Are you looking around your firm and still seeing a lot of men in leadership? On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast we discuss our annual Glass Ceiling report, which reveals little progress for women in the law, and we speak with Kerrie Campbell, an attorney who filed a high-profile gender bias suit against her firm.

  • May 25, 2018

    What Does Gender Parity In The Legal Industry Look Like?

    Law360 asked more than 40 women how we’ll know when the legal industry has achieved true gender parity. Here’s what they had to say.

  • May 25, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the latest Glass Ceiling Report again shows only incremental growth for female lawyers in private practice, some firms are proving that building a more equitable profession is possible. Here are the law firms leading the way.

  • May 25, 2018

    Monopoly Argument Falls Short In Bid For New Fla. Hospice

    A Florida appeals court ruled Friday that despite the presence of a regional monopoly in hospice services in and around Sarasota County, the state's health administrative agency acted within its legal rights when it denied a certificate of need application for a new provider based on other factors.

  • May 25, 2018

    Securus Looking To Buy Major Prison Calling Rival

    The private equity firm that owns prominent prison-phone operator Securus Technologies Inc. may be acquiring one of its dominant competitors from TKC Holdings Inc., recent documents filed with several state public utility commissions indicated.

  • May 25, 2018

    Magistrate Won't Stay Discovery In TIKD's Antitrust Suit

    A Florida magistrate judge said Friday he could not halt discovery in the $11.4 million antitrust suit filed by traffic ticket services startup TIKD against the Florida Bar and a traffic ticket law firm, as he feared doing so would step on the toes of the presiding judge.

  • May 25, 2018

    Paint Recycler Rebuts Sanctions Bid In Antitrust Row

     A defunct San Francisco-area paint recycler pushed back at attempts to sanction the company for its antitrust suit against a nonprofit paint industry outfit that does similar work, telling a California federal judge that it has plenty of evidence to back its claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • A New Validation Protocol From Poultry Antitrust Cases

    John Tredennick

    Special master Maura Grossman recently issued an order crafting a new validation protocol in the Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation. This method is potentially important because it could work for other types of litigation beyond document-intensive litigation, says John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Another Court Upholds FERC Theory Of Market 'Gaming'

    David Applebaum

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's market “gaming” theories of manipulation have been controversial and viewed as potentially vulnerable in court. But in the Coaltrain case, an Ohio federal court recently became the second district court to endorse FERC’s expansive view of its authority, say David Applebaum and Todd Brecher of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • What To Expect From China's Antitrust Consolidation

    Noah Brumfield

    China is concentrating all antitrust regulation and enforcement in one agency — one of the most significant changes since the Anti-Monopoly Law came into force 10 years ago. The consolidation has the potential for both positive and negative implications, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • Chinese Investment In The US After The Section 301 Report

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    The U.S. Trade Representative recently alleged that China has engaged in theft of trade secrets, cyber intrusions and creation of unfair barriers to entry in China. In response, the Trump administration may be exploring options for executive branch action under the authorities of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Think Before Sharing Due Diligence Info With A Competitor

    Kathy Osborn

    Guidance posted by the Federal Trade Commission last month confirms that the FTC is just as concerned about how parties negotiate deals as it is about whether those deals are substantively anti-competitive, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • ITC’s US Steel Decision Unlikely To Have Broad Impact

    David Hickerson

    In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled this month that a complainant alleging price-fixing as an unfair act under Section 337 must also allege an antitrust injury, as would be required in federal district court. But the decision is unlikely to apply beyond the narrow area of standing in antitrust cases, says David Hickerson of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Music Licensing Reform Is Singing The Same Old Song

    Thomas Lenard

    The recently introduced Music Modernization Act has received widespread support from most parts of the industry and would be an improvement over the status quo. However, the MMA reinforces many of the long-standing aspects of music licensing that hinder competition, say Thomas Lenard of the Technology Policy Institute and Lawrence White of the NYU Stern School of Business​​​​​​​.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Solar’s Achilles' Heel Opens Door To Exclusionary Conduct

    Andrew Lemon

    While the recent settlement between SolarCity, a unit of Tesla, and the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District leaves the legal question regarding the merits of SolarCity’s claims unanswered, from an economics perspective it's clear that discriminatory pricing structures implemented under the guise of “cost recovery” can snuff out nascent competition, says Andrew Lemon of Compass Lexecon.