Health insurance giant United HealthCare Services Inc. has slapped a host of generic-drug makers with a sprawling lawsuit in Minnesota federal court alleging they conspired to hike prices on a range of medications and saying “collusion in the generic pharmaceutical industry is well established at this point.”
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UnitedHealth Sues Generic-Drug Makers For Price-Fixing

Health insurance giant United HealthCare Services Inc. has slapped a host of generic-drug makers with a sprawling lawsuit in Minnesota federal court alleging they conspired to hike prices on a range of medications and saying “collusion in the generic pharmaceutical industry is well established at this point.” Read full article »

Qualcomm Exec Says Google, FTC Deal Was Royalties Model

A Qualcomm executive took the stand Friday during a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's allegations the company's "no license, no chips" practice violates antitrust laws, testifying that it modeled its standard-essential patent process after Google's 2013 consent decree with the FTC. Read full article »

'Art Bastard' Drops $100M Cartel Case Against NYC Museums

The so-called Art Bastard who sued prominent New York City museums claiming the “corporate museum cartel" kept him and others out of the high-end art market has decided to drop his $100 million antitrust suit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art and four others. Read full article »

High Court Asked To Hear Multicity Airfare Price-Fixing Ruling

Travel agents and consumers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision shutting down their antitrust suit alleging American Airlines, Delta, United and others conspired to fix prices on multicity flights, saying courts are substantially chilling private antitrust enforcement by tossing valid cases. Read full article »

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Competition Group Of The Year: Arnold & Porter

The competition and antitrust team at Arnold & Porter worked on two of last year’s largest mergers, Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto and AT&T’s blockbuster deal for Time Warner, while also scoring big wins on conduct matters for other clients, earning the team a spot among Law360's Competition Groups of the Year. Read full article »

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Solvay Sheds Nylon Plants Over EU's BASF Antitrust Worries

Chemical giant BASF and Solvay SA have agreed to sell four nylon factories in three countries to help allay the European Union’s antitrust concerns about the sale of Solvay’s nylon business to BASF, which now has the green light. Read full article »

UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

The last week has seen former Rabobank trader Anthony Conti sue his old employer, ArcelorMittal take Essar’s investment manager to court months after acquiring its steel business, and the managing director of AlixPartners sue a prominent Irish businessman and a British property tycoon. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan. Read full article »

CDK Dodges Late Discovery Request In Antitrust Suit

An Illinois federal judge shut down a discovery request made by companies accusing CDK Global LLC of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, saying that deadlines set by court orders are important. Read full article »

8th Circ. Finds Cracks In Appeal Of Attys' Fees In Safelite Spat

The Eighth Circuit said on Thursday that lawyers for Minnesota auto glass vendor Safelite deserved the nearly $1 million in attorneys' fees and costs awarded by a district court in the company's suit against the state's former commissioner of commerce over an alleged smear campaign intended to run it out of business. Read full article »

Forex Suit $300M Fee Objector Slams Class’ Appeal Bond Bid

The lone objector to $300 million in attorneys' fees granted in relation to $2.3 billion in settlements with banks over alleged benchmarking rate rigging in the foreign exchange markets has hit back at an investor class’ bid to require a $1.4 million bond while he appeals the award, telling a New York federal judge Friday that the request is unnecessary and burdensome. Read full article »

Movie Studios Call VidAngel's Fair Use Bid 'Utter Nonsense'

Disney and a half dozen other movie studios urged a California federal judge Friday to find that streaming service VidAngel can't rely on fair use principles to defend its practice of distributing family-friendly edits of their films online, calling VidAngel's defense against their infringement claims "utter nonsense." Read full article »

Door Maker Looks To Move Antitrust Suit Out Of Virginia

Masonite Corp. has asked a Virginia federal court to transfer a case accusing it and fellow door maker Jeld-Wen Inc. of a price-fixing conspiracy, arguing the proceeding has no connection to the district and complaining that the plaintiffs were engaging in "flagrant forum shopping." Read full article »

Trader Slams Prosecution's 'Nonsense' Claim In Euribor Trial

A trader accused of illegally rigging a key interest rate benchmark did not act dishonestly when he submitted rates to benefit bankers’ trading positions, his attorney told a London jury on Friday, saying it is “nonsense” to suggest he flooded the market with cash to bolster huge financial trades. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

Canada's Liquor Market Needs Private Players: Watchdog

Canada’s interim competition commissioner chimed in amid British Columbia’s review of its liquor policy to champion a proposal that would let more private distributors compete in the industry, telling the province’s attorney general in a letter that the stale rules favoring government players stifle innovation and bump up prices. Read full article »

PEOPLE

White & Case Adds Former Justice Dept. Head, Gaming GC

White & Case LLP has beefed up it governance, disputes, sanctions and antitrust practices with the addition of an O'Melveny & Myers LLP former partner whose varied career includes being a presidential appointee supervising all Justice Department financial prosecutions and serving as general counsel to two different public gaming companies. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

The US Biosimilars Patent Litigation Outlook For 2019

After years of trending upward, the amount of new Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act litigation might slow somewhat in 2019, yet several active cases are scheduled for trial and many decisions are expected to issue, say Joshua Whitehill and Michael Cottler of Goodwin Procter LLP. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Skadden's Deal With DOJ Comes With Woes For Greg Craig

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP called its $4.6 million deal with the U.S. Department of Justice “closure” after failing to register its lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, yet experts say the settlement actually exposes serious legal risks faced by ex-partner Greg Craig and potentially others. Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013. Read full article »

Analysis

For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage? Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

The settlement announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere. Read full article »

How Skadden's Foreign Agent Scandal Unfolded

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has agreed to pay a $4.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to register as a foreign agent. Here, we look at how the firm got to this point. Read full article »

Feature

Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession. Read full article »

Feature

Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read full article »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession. Read full article »

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