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Competition

  • December 3, 2018

    VW Slams Investors' Antitrust Stock-Drop Suit

    Volkswagen AG and several of its board members told a New York federal judge Saturday that investors suing over allegedly inflated stock prices cannot sustain a proposed antitrust and securities fraud class action by regurgitating unproven allegations that the German automaker colluded with Daimler AG and BMW AG.

  • December 3, 2018

    EpiPen Maker Slams Sanofi's Bid To Exit Antitrust MDL

    Sanofi should not yet be allowed to leave multidistrict litigation to pursue claims elsewhere that EpiPen maker Mylan used anti-competitive practices to hurt sales of Sanofi’s competing emergency allergy treatment, Mylan told a Kansas federal court Friday.

  • December 3, 2018

    Shell, Jiffy Lube Hit With No-Poach Antitrust Suit

    A former Jiffy Lube worker filed a proposed class action antitrust suit against the chain and its parent company, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, in Pennsylvania federal court Monday, alleging that "no-poaching" agreements between different franchise owners illegally suppress employee wages.

  • December 3, 2018

    Futures Exchange Takes CME Antitrust Fight To 7th Circ.

    U.S. Futures Exchange LLC is taking its antitrust suit against CME Group to the Seventh Circuit after an Illinois federal judge ruled that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange hadn't conspired to keep it from forming a rival exchange, determined not to let the decadelong battle end yet.

  • December 3, 2018

    MVP: Cravath's Evan Chesler

    Evan R. Chesler of Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP earned a win for American Express in front of the Supreme Court this year after a decade of work on a challenge to the credit card company's merchant rules, while also putting in time on important cases for Qualcomm and other clients, earning him a spot among Law360's Competition MVPs.

  • December 3, 2018

    FCC Watchdog Clears Sinclair-Tribune White House Call

    The Federal Communications Commission’s internal watchdog reported Monday that Chairman Ajit Pai followed all disclosure rules and didn’t hide a phone call with a White House attorney this summer as the agency considered regulatory approval for the now-failed Sinclair-Tribune megamerger.

  • December 3, 2018

    $182.5M Euribor Deal Won't Get OK'd Without Atty Fee Info

    A New York federal judge on Friday said he will not grant preliminary approval for a $182.5 million settlement between investors JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup over claims of a conspiracy to manipulate the Euro Interbank Offered Rate without first seeing what the investor's counsel intends to seek in attorneys' fees.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 3, 2018

    4 Firms Steer $6.4B Nexstar, Tribune Deal

    Nexstar Media Group Inc. unveiled a $6.4 billion deal, including debt, for Tribune Media Co. on Monday, in a tie-up guided by four firms that comes following weekend rumors that the media group had beat out a private equity firm to buy Tribune after regulatory woes derailed a different takeover bid earlier this year.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    Kansas Grocer Fights To Keep Ex-Tuna Exec On The Hook

    Kansas City-based grocery company Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. asked a federal court Thursday to keep alive its price-fixing suit against Bumble Bee Foods' former CEO, challenging the executive's bid to toss the case over questions of jurisdiction and timeliness.

  • November 30, 2018

    Wash. State Slams Health Cos.' Defense In Price-Fix Suit

    Washington state lawyers accusing two health care companies of fixing reimbursement rates are telling a federal court that the companies can't escape the claims by arguing that one of them would be weakened without making the deals.

  • November 30, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: StandardAero, Vodafone, SoftBank

    Warburg Pincus, Blackstone and Carlyle Group are reportedly the final bidders for StandardAero, the EU is likely to open a probe into Vodafone's planned €18.4 billion ($21.9 billion) deal with Liberty Global, and SoftBank has decided against setting a price range for the public offering of its telecom unit.

  • November 30, 2018

    FTC, Qualcomm Look To Exclude Evidence From Trial

    The Federal Trade Commission and Qualcomm each have asked a California federal judge to exclude several pieces of evidence from the trial scheduled for January in the agency’s challenge of the chipmaker’s licensing practices for its cellular technology.

  • November 30, 2018

    Telecom Co. Says Rival Sapping Its Brooklyn Business

    Phone and internet service provider Xchange Telecom LLC on Friday filed a lawsuit against competitor Velocity Wireless LLC in New York federal court, alleging that Velocity's interference with its Brooklyn services has lost Xchange hundreds of customers and thousands of dollars in monthly revenue.

  • November 30, 2018

    Rail Equipment Cos. Want Workers' No-Poach Suits Tossed

    Rail equipment suppliers Knorr-Bremse and Wabtec are urging a Pennsylvania federal judge to toss consolidated cases in multidistrict litigation over deals not to poach each other's workers, arguing that the proposed class hasn't sufficiently defined an antitrust market that has been harmed.

  • November 30, 2018

    Becton Buyers' Antitrust Suit Killed Under Illinois Brick

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday axed three health care providers' proposed class suit alleging medical supply maker Becton Dickinson & Co. and others down the distribution chain illegally jacked up prices on syringes and catheters, finding the indirect buyers' claims barred by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Illinois Brick ruling.

  • November 30, 2018

    Hausfeld Plucks DOJ Antitrust Veteran For DC Partner

    Hausfeld LLP has named Paul Gallagher, a longtime antitrust lawyer from the U.S. Department of Justice, as a partner in its Washington, D.C., competition practice.

  • November 30, 2018

    Ticketmaster Collusion Claims Could Spur Federal Regulation

    High prices and fees for tickets to popular sports and entertainment events have long drawn complaints from consumers, but recent allegations that Ticketmaster is monopolizing the secondary market have shined a light on the anti-competitive practices experts say are plaguing the industry and may prompt federal regulators to get involved.

  • November 30, 2018

    Distributor Fights Subpoena Bid In Poultry Price-Fixing Suit

    Meat distributor Porky Products asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday not to force it to fulfill lengthy and expensive subpoenas from plaintiffs accusing more than a dozen poultry producers of colluding to keep prices high, saying it is too far down the supply chain and is a nonparty in the litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • How US Class Actions Take Off To The 'Great White North'

    Jean-Marc Leclerc

    For relatively little added investment, it is possible for U.S. class action attorneys to partner with a Canadian firm to start a parallel case in Canada. Jean-Marc Leclerc of Sotos LLP compares class actions in Canada and the U.S., discusses cases where a parallel action should be considered, and addresses fee arrangements.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 2

    Jon B. Jacobs

    The Federal Trade Commission hearing on Friday featured two panels discussing the state of U.S. antitrust law and one panel on monopsony power. Jon B. Jacobs and Barry Reingold of Perkins Coie LLP offer key takeaways.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • What We Heard At The FTC Hearings: Day 1

    Barry Reingold

    Last week, the Federal Trade Commission began a series of public hearings on competition and consumer protection issues. Attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP offer some key takeaways from the three panel discussions.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The AmEx Case

    Evan Chesler

    In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pivotal antitrust decision in Ohio v. American Express. Three partners at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP who represented AmEx explain how one of the most significant antitrust enforcement actions in recent history led to a landmark precedent for two-sided platforms.