Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican and conservative lawmaker, will take over the gavel for the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee, the committee announced Friday.
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GOP Rep. Massie Takes Over Antitrust Subcommittee

Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican and conservative lawmaker, will take over the gavel for the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee, the committee announced Friday.

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Visa Says DOJ Asked For More Info In Antitrust Probe

The U.S. Department of Justice earlier this month asked Visa Inc. to provide additional documents and information related to its investigation into the banking giant's domestic debit practices, Visa revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday.

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E-Book Platform Challenge To Nonprofit Deal Fails In DC Court

The D.C. Court of Appeals rejected OverDrive Inc.'s challenge of the International Digital Publishing Forum's merger with the World Wide Web Consortium, finding that the leading e-book platform failed to show that the court had jurisdiction over the matter.

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Sen. Warren Wants FTC Scrutiny Of $29B Pharma Deals

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. has urged the Federal Trade Commission to look closely at two pending pharmaceutical mergers, insisting that the deals could lead to higher drug prices and prevent "affordable alternatives from entering the market."

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Warren Wants FTC To Block $4.7B L3Harris-Aerojet Deal

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has urged the Federal Trade Commission to block L3Harris' pending $4.7 billion acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne, saying it threatens competition in the defense industry and could hurt national security.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Analysis

Rep's Threat On Export Controls Puts Spotlight On China

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Michael McCaul is unlikely to carry out his recent threat to move the federal export controls system away from the U.S. Department of Commerce, but the agency must still meet Congress' deepening hostility towards China.

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LITIGATION

Bankruptcy 'Shatters' Radio Antitrust Suit, Motorola Says

Motorola Solutions Inc. asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday to gut the latest version of Chinese push-to-talk radio rival Hytera's antitrust lawsuit, arguing that the bankruptcy of two Hytera subsidiaries amid a wider trade secrets fight fundamentally changes the trajectory of a case that previously survived dismissal.

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Pitney Bowes Wants Mail Equipment Monopoly Suit Tossed

Pitney Bowes asked an Oregon federal court to grant it summary judgment in a spat with a rival accusing the global shipping and office equipment giant of monopolizing the market for postal equipment by poaching customers through consumer data gathered by Pitney's dealers.

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WTO Rulings On US Tariffs, HK Policy Frozen With Appeals

The U.S. appealed five trade dispute losses to the World Trade Organization's defunct appeals body on Friday, indefinitely freezing decisions faulting national security steel and aluminum tariffs and requirements for Hong Kong products to be labeled "Made in China."

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Chancery Struggles To Untangle Vape Venture 'Hydra'

A seller of cannabis vape products that is seeking to collect a $900,000 arbitration award and stop a former Hong Kong-based supplier from allegedly infringing its trademarks urged Delaware's Court of Chancery on Friday to wield its power over a Thailand-based couple who it says control the purported scheme.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

New FTC Thresholds May Mean A Closer Look At Fewer Deals

The Federal Trade Commission's recent adjustments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act thresholds, which determine what mergers and acquisitions are reported to the antitrust agencies, will likely lead to fewer reviews but a greater ability to scrutinize transactions, say attorneys at Fenwick.

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5 Ways Attorneys Can Use Emotion In Client Pitches

Lawyers are skilled at using their high emotional intelligence to build rapport with clients, so when planning your next pitch, consider how you can create some emotional peaks, personal connections and moments of magic that might help you stick in prospective clients' minds and seal the deal, says consultant Diana Kander.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Greenberg Traurig Opens San Diego Office, Firm's 6th In Calif.

Greenberg Traurig LLP is continuing its expansion in the Golden State, announcing Monday the opening of a new office in San Diego, the firm's sixth California outpost and 44th office globally.

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Interview

New Wash. District Chief On His Plans For A Revitalized Bench

With four judges confirmed in the Western District of Washington in the past two years and enough nominations pending to bring the bench back up to full strength, the district's latest chief judge says the court is preparing to finally tackle its pandemic backlog.

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4 NY State Judges Appointed To Family, Criminal Courts

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has appointed four judges to family and criminal courts and reappointed 17 other judges.

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3rd Circ. Throws Out J&J Talc Unit's 'Texas Two-Step' Ch. 11

The Third Circuit on Monday dismissed the Chapter 11 case of Johnson & Johnson's talc unit that used a controversial "Texas two-step" maneuver, saying the company was not in financial distress and lacked the required good faith to commence its bankruptcy case.

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Mass. Launches Abortion Hotline Staffed By BigLaw, ACLU

A group of 150 attorneys from some of the largest Massachusetts law firms and the ACLU will provide free legal advice about abortion access to patients and health care providers through a new confidential hotline, state Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell said Monday.

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Starbucks Paid $11.7M To Ex-GC Who Left Amid Union Efforts

Starbucks paid nearly $11.7 million last year to its former general counsel Rachel A. Gonzalez, who left the company in May against the backdrop of an explosive unionization campaign, the coffee giant revealed in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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Del. Drops Major-Party-Only Mandate For State's Top Benches

Delaware on Monday jettisoned a 72-year-old rule limiting appointments to its top three courts to Democratic or Republican candidates, in a consent judgment ending a nearly 6-year-old challenge launched by a politically independent attorney whose arguments already had made one U.S. Supreme Court trip.

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