Competition

  • January 10, 2018

    Toyoda To Pay Purchasers $34M In Auto Parts Antitrust MDL

    A putative class of direct buyers who sued Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. over alleged price-fixing of occupant safety systems asked a Michigan federal judge Tuesday to approve a $34 million settlement with the manufacturer, the latest deal to emerge from a massive multidistrict litigation against auto industry companies.

  • January 10, 2018

    3 Airlines To Pay $29.4M To Settle Price-Fixing Class Action

    Three airlines accused of fixing the price of long-haul flights to Pacific destinations have agreed to pay a total of $29.4 million to settle a proposed class action, passengers told a California federal court Wednesday.

  • January 10, 2018

    College Admission Counseling Group Under DOJ Scrutiny

    The National Association for College Admission Counseling on Wednesday said that the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has requested information from the group about its ethics policy.

  • January 10, 2018

    RBS May Be Forced To Turn Over Docs In Libor Swaps Appeal

    Property Alliance Group's Libor-linked swaps misselling case against Royal Bank of Scotland PLC will return to a London court on Thursday, as the property firm seeks to force the bank to disclose more information in the run-up to its fight to overturn a trial judge’s ruling in its £30 million ($40.5 million) suit.

  • January 9, 2018

    Fla. Bar Seeks To DQ Ex-Prez From $11M Antitrust Row

    Facing a federal judge's questions Tuesday, the Florida Bar was light on factual details to back its arguments to disqualify an ex-president from serving as opposing counsel in an $11.4 million antitrust suit, but said his exposure to its closely related confidential legal information provides sufficient grounds.

  • January 9, 2018

    Reseller's Antitrust Suit Against Jaguar Goes Nowhere

    A New Jersey federal judge Tuesday dismissed claims that Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC violated state and federal antitrust laws by preventing purchasers from reselling its vehicles abroad, finding the suit failed to identify illegal concerted actions or to identify a clear market being impacted.

  • January 9, 2018

    Canada Strikes Deal With HarperCollins Over E-Book Pricing

    Canada’s Competition Bureau said Tuesday it reached a deal with HarperCollins over alleged price-fixing in the country’s e-books market, ending the regulator’s investigation into allegedly anti-competitive deals between the publisher and its competitors.

  • January 9, 2018

    Car Buyers Reach $5.3M Deal With Usui Over Price-Fixing

    A putative class of consumers asked a Michigan federal judge on Monday for preliminary approval of its $5.32 million deal with Japanese auto parts maker Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha Ltd., settling allegations that it conspired with other companies to fix steel tube prices.

  • January 9, 2018

    Ex-Deutsche Traders Say Case Hinges On UK Libor Overseers

    Two former derivatives traders at Deutsche Bank argued in a brief filed on Tuesday that prosecutors must call in someone from the U.K. industry association that set the London Interbank Offered Rate in order to prove the traders conspired with others to manipulate the lending benchmark.

  • January 9, 2018

    Aggrenox End-Payors Reach $54M Deal In Pay-For-Delay Suit

    A proposed class of indirect Aggrenox buyers told a Connecticut federal judge on Monday that they have reached a $54 million settlement agreement with Teva Pharmaceutical and Boehringer Ingelheim over allegations the companies blocked generic alternatives to the stroke-prevention drug from coming to the market.

  • January 9, 2018

    Hagens Berman, Others Want $31M In Pfizer Celebrex Deal

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, Berger & Montague PC and a handful of other firms on Monday asked a Virginia federal court to grant them about $31 million in fees after reaching a $94 million settlement with Pfizer Inc. over allegations that the company blocked competition for its anti-inflammatory drug Celebrex.

  • January 8, 2018

    Endo Gets OK To Join FTC's Impax Pay-For-Delay Case

    The Federal Trade Commission on Friday gave Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. the go-ahead to weigh in on the government’s administrative proceeding against Impax Laboratories alleging a 2010 settlement between the companies allowing Endo to introduce a generic version of Impax’s Opana ER had no pro-competitive justifications.

  • January 8, 2018

    Law Firm Must Face False Ad Suit Over 'Your Lawyer' Claims

    The patriarch of the family behind Florida personal injury firm Morgan & Morgan PA will have to face a false advertising suit alleging he misled potential customers in Pennsylvania with commercials in which he promised to be "your lawyer,” a Pennsylvania federal judge found Monday.

  • January 8, 2018

    Allergan Fights To Keep Live Testimony In Asacol Trial

    Attorneys for Allergan PLC and subsidiary Warner Chilcott Ltd. asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to block a group of unions and grocers from replacing witness testimony with recorded depositions in the antitrust class action set to go to trial in two weeks.

  • January 8, 2018

    Disk Drive Consumers Will Ask 9th Circ. To Revive MDL

    A class of optical disk drive end consumers on Friday said that they will go to the Ninth Circuit to try and revive their claims in multidistrict litigation accusing Samsung, Toshiba and Philips of conspiring to fix prices on the products that ended up in the computers the customers bought.

  • January 8, 2018

    Monsanto Engaged In Seed-Price Inflation Scheme, Suit Says

    A proposed class of direct purchasers of seeds filed an antitrust lawsuit against Monsanto Co. in Missouri federal court Monday, accusing the global agrochemical company of artificially inflating prices for genetically modified seed traits in soybeans and cotton by engaging in an anti-competitive scheme with other conspirators.

  • January 8, 2018

    GSK Wants 3rd Circ. To Rehear La. Flonase Decision

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC on Friday asked the Third Circuit to reconsider a decision that found the state of Louisiana was not barred by a class action antitrust settlement from bringing its own claims over allegations that the company stymied generic competition for its Flonase nasal spray.

  • January 8, 2018

    Restasis Antitrust Suits Paused For MDL Panel Review

    A Texas federal court on Friday stayed a series of lawsuits accusing Allergan PLC of violating antitrust laws to keep generics for the dry-eye medication Restasis off the market, until the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether the cases should be combined.

  • January 8, 2018

    McKool Smith Nabs Former ITC Commissioner For DC Office

    McKool Smith PC announced Monday that it has bolstered its Washington, D.C., office with the addition of a former commissioner at the International Trade Commission who specializes in intellectual property, antitrust and trade.

  • January 8, 2018

    High Court Allows Revival Of Propane Antitrust Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court denied an attempt by distributors of pre-filled propane tanks to shoot down antitrust price-fixing claims against them Monday, leaving intact an Eighth Circuit decision that revived direct purchasers’ claims against the companies.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 10 EU Telecom Regulatory Developments To Watch In 2018

    Francesco Liberatore

    This could be a watershed year for the telecommunications industry. Some developments in 2018 are so significant that they are likely to change the digital landscape, both in Europe and across the world, for years to come, say Francesco Liberatore and Matthew Buckwell of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Opinion

    Use The Right Antitrust Lens And Stop Eyeglass Merger

    David Balto

    The Essilor-Luxottica eyewear merger presents anti-competitive concerns that are similar to — if not exceeding — those alleged in AT&T-Time Warner. The transaction takes place in an industry where competitive problems already exist. This merger is a good case to challenge in court, says David Balto, a former policy director of the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition.

  • Comparing EU And US Standard-Essential Patent Guidance

    Edward Kelly

    The European Commission's long-awaited guidance on litigating and licensing standard-essential patents clarifies what conduct may insulate an SEP owner from abuse claims under competition law, in sharp contrast to the U.S., where the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice have declined to adopt any views on the subject, say Edward Kelly and Regina Sam Penti of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Net Neutrality Rollback Raises Significant Questions

    Lauren Coppola

    The Restoring Internet Freedom order leaves much to be desired in terms of clarity, particularly in presenting sound legal principles that govern claims against internet service providers. No question is more important than who is going to protect businesses and consumers, says Lauren Coppola of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.