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Competition

  • November 14, 2018

    Travel Co. Trying To Pay Flyers To Duck Settlement, Atty Says

    A travel booking firm accused of jacking up airfares tried to end-run the settlement process in an antitrust suit by engaging in direct talks with several airline ticket buyers, a lawyer for the passengers who brought the suit has told a New York federal judge.

  • November 14, 2018

    Standard Too High On ND Drs. Group Merger, 8th Circ. Told

    A pair of North Dakota health-care providers urged an Eighth Circuit panel Tuesday to upend a preliminary injunction blocking their proposed merger, asserting in oral arguments that a federal judge improperly required them to show their tie-up would have no detrimental effect on competition.

  • November 14, 2018

    FCC Asks For Comment On Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Study

    The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on a recent study examining the proposed $59 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint that was submitted by the two companies as they continue to seek approval of the deal.

  • November 14, 2018

    FTC Shuts Down 1-800 Contacts Online Ad Compacts

    The Federal Trade Commission has ordered an end to a set of marketing agreements between 1-800 Contacts Inc. and its competitors that hurt competition in advertising through online search engines, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Disney Investor Faces Uphill 9th Circ. Fight In No-Poach Row

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Wednesday appeared unswayed by a Disney shareholder's bid to revive a derivative shareholder lawsuit claiming board members breached their fiduciary duties by agreeing not to poach other studios’ animators, saying during a hearing that “nothing in the complaint says the board knew about this conspiracy.”

  • November 14, 2018

    EU Clears DS Smith's €1.7B Buy Of Rival Packing Co.

    London-based packaging supplier DS Smith PLC was given the green light by Europe’s competition watchdog to take over a Spanish rival for €1.67 billion ($1.94 billion) on Wednesday, provided it gives up two of its plants in France and one of the acquired company’s plants in Portugal.

  • November 14, 2018

    Cargill Units For Sale As La Coop Antitrust Worries Crop Up

    Four Canadian retail locations belonging to Cargill Ltd. will be sold off to deal with antitrust concerns surrounding the company's grain business merger with La Coop fédérée.

  • November 14, 2018

    Car Dealers Seek OK For $9.12M Deal In KYB Antitrust Action

    Japanese auto parts maker KYB Corp. will pay car dealers $9.12 million to settle an antitrust action accusing it of fixing the prices of shock absorbers, according to the dealers’ request for preliminary approval in a Michigan federal court Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    AGs Can Try To Oppose Doctors' Settlement, NJ Judge Says

    Attorneys general from five states are allowed to file briefs challenging an $84 million class action settlement they say denies doctors the ability to pursue individual monetary damages over an American Osteopathic Association policy that ties board certification to membership, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    EU Approves $121M To Make German Buses Greener

    The European Commission has greenlighted €107 million ($121 million) in public funds to help Germany make its diesel buses more environmentally friendly, the commission said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Kodak Takes Antitrust Row With Goldman, Others To UK

    Kodak has hit Goldman Sachs, Glencore and others with a U.K. lawsuit accusing them of manipulating aluminum prices, echoing antitrust claims it has pursued so far without success in the United States.

  • November 14, 2018

    UBS Says FDIC's Competition Claim Over Libor Is Too Late

    UBS AG urged a London judge on Wednesday to strike out a claim from the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. that alleges it colluded with other banks to suppress a key interest rate benchmark, arguing the FDIC waited too long to file the suit.

  • November 14, 2018

    Allergan Cuts A Few State Claims In Restasis MDL

    Health benefits providers that refunded members for the cost of Allergan’s dry-eye medication Restasis will be able to move forward on the majority of the state law claims the drugmaker wanted thrown out, a New York federal judge overseeing multidistrict antitrust litigation has ruled.

  • November 14, 2018

    Man Admits To FCC Bomb Threat Over Net Neutrality Vote

    A California man pled guilty Tuesday to phoning in a false bomb threat at the Federal Communications Commission in December as the agency was poised to vote on its net neutrality deregulation.

  • November 14, 2018

    UK Cabinet Signs On To Breakthrough Brexit Deal

    Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet on Wednesday adopted her draft agreement for Britain to exit the European Union on March 29, increasing the chances of a regulatory transition period for banks and businesses.

  • November 13, 2018

    Express Scripts, Pharmacy Drama Ends With Last-Minute Deal

    On the first day of trial for a whirlwind breach of contract case between HM Compounding Services LLC and Express Scripts Inc. that has involved attorneys running for the door and significant discovery misconduct, the outstanding claims quickly wrapped up and the parties told a Missouri federal judge Tuesday that they had settled the case.

  • November 13, 2018

    Teva Can’t Escape Suit Over Price-Hike Statements: Investors

    A proposed class of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. shareholders urged a Connecticut federal court Monday to keep alive their allegations that the Israeli drugmaker falsely indicated that profit growth was driven by “fundamental business strategies” rather than at least 76 price hikes.

  • November 13, 2018

    Former Cinnabon Worker Keeps No-Poach Suit 'At Own Risk'

    A former Cinnabon worker can move forward with a proposed antitrust class action over the company's allegedly anticompetitive "no-poaching" agreements keeping franchises from hiring away the employees of their peers, but a Washington state federal judge signaled a tough road ahead by imposing a challenging burden of proof.

  • November 13, 2018

    Kirkland Lands EU Antitrust Expert From Freshfields

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has nabbed a European Union law expert with experience guiding companies through mergers as a partner in its London office, the firm has announced.

  • November 13, 2018

    Sainsbury, Walmart Unit Say UK Merger Concerns Unfounded

    Grocery outlet Sainsbury and Walmart Inc.'s U.K. subsidiary have responded to criticisms that their proposed merger would harm competition, saying in a report made public Tuesday that it would instead lead to an increase in competition and lower prices for consumers.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 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 trends in journalism.

  • 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.