The acting head of the Federal Trade Commission announced a new rulemaking group Thursday that will explore the agency's seldom-used authority to bar "unfair methods of competition," signaling an oncoming push for more aggressive enforcement.
Italy's competition enforcer fined Google €100 million ($120.9 million) on Thursday for allegedly abusing its dominance by blocking a company from launching an app to help drivers find and book slots at electric vehicle charging stations while on the move.
An appeals court has tossed Facebook's challenge to restrictions imposed by U.K. antitrust enforcers as they investigate its purchase of Giphy Inc., saying on Thursday that the continuing restraints are a problem of the tech giant's own making.
A California federal judge presiding over Epic's high-stakes antitrust trial appeared skeptical Wednesday of a professor's testimony that Apple's anti-steering provisions are akin to restrictions upheld by the high court in Ohio v. American Express, noting that brick-and-mortar stores advertise various payment methods, while the virtual App Store does not.
European enforcers said Wednesday they will review Facebook's planned purchase of customer relationship management service provider Kustomer after receiving requests from nearly a dozen national authorities to probe the deal.
A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed the revocation of a realtor's real estate license, finding that the Department of Business and Professional Regulation did not have the authority to discipline him based solely on his conviction for antitrust violations.
An attorney for Dyal Capital Partners told Delaware's Supreme Court Wednesday that Sixth Street Partners was maneuvering for a "lowball buyback" when it launched a failed fast-track Chancery Court bid to block a $12.5 billion Dyal-Owl Rock Capital Corp. merger earlier this year.
Amazon is off the hook for a £250 million ($301 million) tax bill after Europe's second highest court declared Wednesday that the online retailer's tax deal with Luxembourg didn't constitute an illegal loophole.
Customers in a long-running challenge to the merger of American Airlines and US Airways have asked a New York district court to revive their case after losing a rare bench trial in bankruptcy court on their antitrust claims, contending the bankruptcy judge ignored key precedent.
The House Financial Services Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would require multinationals to publicly disclose country-by-country financial reporting, which its proponents say would document corporate abuse of tax havens.
A California federal judge has tentatively ruled that concertgoers must arbitrate claims that Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and its subsidiary, Ticketmaster LLC, are monopolizing ticket sales.
A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday approved the nomination of progressive academic and Big Tech adversary Lina Khan to the Federal Trade Commission, bringing the agency one step closer to a Democratic majority.
A massive price-fixing litigation against bankrupt tuna giant Bumble Bee has been stayed in California federal court, but the presiding judge said its lawyers can't quit the case because doing so subjects the company to default.
A D.C. federal judge opted Wednesday to admonish Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and former firm partner Alex Oh in connection with the Exxon human rights case that appears to have led Oh to resign prematurely from her new post as enforcement head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Aon PLC cleared the path for regulatory approval in Europe of its $30 billion merger with Willis Towers Watson on Wednesday, proposing the sale of a key business unit to insurance rival Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. for $3.57 billion.
Hundreds of retailers asked a tribunal on Wednesday to rule that Visa and Mastercard overcharged them to process card purchases, arguing that it is bound by a U.K. Supreme Court ruling against the credit card companies over their merchant fees.
A top Apple executive told company CEO Tim Cook in 2013 that getting customers to use Apple virtual stores like iTunes is "one of the best things we can do to get people hooked to the ecosystem," according to an email revealed Tuesday during Epic Games Inc.'s high-stakes antitrust bench trial.
Apple urged a New Hampshire federal court to dismiss a retooled complaint from the developer of a coronavirus-tracking app accusing the technology giant of violating antitrust law by keeping the app from its store, saying it did not seek the court's permission for five new plaintiffs to file anonymously.
The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday revived Sleep Number's trademark lawsuit against a competing mattress brand that used similar names, ruling that the disputed doctrine of "initial interest confusion" might apply to the case.
The D.C. district court judge overseeing antitrust suits against Facebook from state and federal enforcers said Tuesday that it's too early to discuss discovery, especially since the social media giant raised "serious challenges" to the cases with its dismissal bids.
Cannabis tech company SHO Products LLC is seeking at least $1 million in damages in California federal court from an inventor that it claims violated an exclusivity agreement by leasing a commercial cannabis resin extraction unit called the Hashatron without including SHO in the deal.
A Democratic member of the Federal Trade Commission skewered what he considers the agency's lax view toward confronting Big Pharma mergers to prevent possible antitrust violations, calling Tuesday for an aggressive new enforcement approach to the industry.
Canadian paper manufacturer Paper Excellence plans to buy South Carolina-based Domtar Corp. for nearly $2.8 billion, the companies said Tuesday, in a deal guided by six law firms.
Lawyers for Ireland, Luxembourg and Fiat laid into the European Union's General Court for its September 2019 ruling against Luxembourg and the carmaker, saying the court used the wrong legal basis to find Fiat received illegal state aid.
The Midwest's grid operator and transmission companies in its footprint are defending the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's rules for how grid upgrades are funded, telling the D.C. Circuit that the agency wasn't required to reevaluate after a previous order was vacated.
The maker of a potential rival to AbbVie Inc.'s blockbuster immunosuppressant Humira sued AbbVie in Virginia federal court on Tuesday, saying it wants to dismantle a long-running monopoly over a treatment protected for years by AbbVie's "minefield" of "highly-dubious patents."
U.S. technology companies are facing a mountain of antitrust litigation heading into 2021, as enforcers push blockbuster monopolization cases against Google and Facebook. Meanwhile, long-running criminal probes in the generic drug and poultry industries are heating up. Here’s a look at the biggest antitrust conduct cases to watch.
Blockbuster monopolization lawsuits against Facebook and Google won't be the only antitrust cases to watch in 2021. Merger challenges will also draw a lot of attention, including the Justice Department's suit contesting a massive alleged "killer acquisition" and the Federal Trade Commission's attempt to find renewed success in blocking hospital transactions.
Over a dozen state-level enforcers lost their challenge of T-Mobile's merger with Sprint, the Federal Trade Commission suffered major appellate losses in its case against Qualcomm and in a generic drug case, and a private plaintiff scored a big win against Comcast in circuit court.
Expansive notification and approval requirements under the U.K.’s new merger control regime — the National Security and Investment Act — along with a lack of clarity about when they go into effect, pose unique challenges for private equity sponsors, as well as their investors and portfolio companies, say attorneys at Kirkland.
A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.
Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.
As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.
Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in AMG Capital v. Federal Trade Commission, limiting the agency's ability to seek equitable monetary relief under the FTC Act, will likely also restrain the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authority under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, due to similarities between the laws, say Joshua Oyster and Jenna McCarthy at Ropes & Gray.
Employers can expect more actions against wage-fixing or no-poach agreements as the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division cracks down on labor market collusion, so companies should consider tailoring these agreements on their scope, duration and definition of nonsolicitation, say attorneys at Duane Morris.
This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in AMG Capital Management v. Federal Trade Commission removes the regulator's ability to seek monetary damages that discouraged privacy and cybersecurity breaches, and as a result, companies should reassess their exposure in these areas, say attorneys at Orrick.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to roll back the Federal Trade Commission's power to seek monetary relief in AMG Capital will likely be met with legislative action to restore the agency's authority, or efforts to obtain restitution in other ways, say Bruce Hoffman and Nico Banks at Cleary.
VLSI's recent $2.18 billion patent infringement damages award against Intel in a Texas federal court relied on hedonic regression analysis for modeling patent value, which looks compelling because it allows plaintiffs' experts to value infringed patents' critical benefits, say Richard Kamprath and Abigail Clark at McKool Smith.
For pharmaceutical company mergers and acquisitions, increased antitrust scrutiny under the Biden administration, combined with international coordination of review and enforcement, will likely translate into longer, more in-depth and more expensive merger reviews, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.
The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.
Employment discrimination class actions that rely on statistical representations could look different following the recent Olean v. Bumble Bee antitrust ruling, due to the Ninth Circuit's scrutiny of models that obscure the extent of uninjured plaintiff membership, say attorneys at Orrick.
Although the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions in Facebook v. Duguid and AMG Capital Management v. Federal Trade Commission limit government agencies' power against robocallers and scam artists, they ultimately protect Americans from the greater threat of government overreach, says Eric Troutman at Squire Patton.