The start of 2019 saw a big loss for the Justice Department on its attempt to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, while two more megadeals probed by the agency got mired in arduous reviews that are ongoing. The Federal Trade Commission, for its part, split on several vertical merger calls, and enforcers from Europe and the U.K. effectively blocked a string of deals.
A Texas federal judge has ordered San Antonio registered nurses to either drop their proposed class action or individually pursue antitrust claims that three area hospital systems colluded to suppress staffers' salaries.
A New York bankruptcy judge told cancer treatment center chain 21st Century Oncology he won’t reopen its Chapter 11 case for the purpose of quashing the antitrust claims of a group of its former doctors and the indemnification claims of its ex-CEO.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday urged a D.C. federal judge to sign off on its settlement clearing CVS' purchase of Aetna, trying to rein in the scope of the court's review but facing resistance from the bench during oral arguments.
Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to pay $2.3 million to 18 states in a deal reached Friday, the same day the states hit the pharmaceutical company with a suit alleging it entered into a reverse-payment agreement to obstruct generic competition to Lidoderm, a pain relief patch.
A Michigan federal judge on Friday tentatively approved Mahle Behr's $5.5 million deal to end proposed class claims it conspired to rig the prices of vehicle air conditioning systems in sprawling antitrust multidistrict litigation involving global auto parts manufacturers.
The Seventh Circuit should reject attempts to cut the legs off a rule blocking indirect purchasers from suing a manufacturer for antitrust violations, the Washington Legal Foundation told the court, which is considering antitrust claims from buyers of syringes and catheters who think they were forced to pay too much.
A California federal judge struggled to see how an antitrust injury resulted from the National Football League allowing the Raiders team to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, but nonetheless granted on Friday the City of Oakland an opportunity to amend its complaint.
The U.K.’s antitrust enforcer threatened Friday to subject a $585 million plastic packaging deal to extra merger scrutiny unless the companies propose adequate fixes for concerns over the reduction in the number of British liquid packaging suppliers the merger would cause.
The U.K.'s Competition Appeal Tribunal handed a win to auditor Achilles Information Ltd. on Friday after the company accused Network Rail of changing its audit rules in a way that essentially excluded Achilles from providing auditing services.
The Federal Trade Commission has fired back against efforts by Qualcomm and the U.S. Department of Justice to pause a blockbuster antitrust ruling forcing the chipmaker to retool its business model, arguing that reining in Qualcomm’s anti-competitive conduct outweighs any vague national security concerns the pair alluded to.
The late Justice John Paul Stevens made use of his antitrust roots frequently during his tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court, penning more than two dozen majority opinions and dissents that helped shape modern antitrust law.
London’s transit network has inked a settlement with Visa Inc. to end a lawsuit accusing the credit card giant of violating competition rules over its old interchange fees.
Credit Suisse AG lost its attempt on Friday to claw back £239 million ($300 million) it paid on bankers' bonuses in the wake of the financial crisis after a London court ruled that Britain levied the tax fairly.
A Michigan federal judge on Thursday granted preliminary approval to two agreements totaling roughly $10.5 million to resolve claims in proposed class actions by auto dealers against Mitsubishi, Corning Inc., and a Japanese subsidiary that they colluded with other manufacturers to fix prices on car parts sold to U.S. automakers.
Indirect purchasers of television and computer component cathode ray tubes from nine states, who were excluded from a $576.8 million price-fixing settlement with Toshiba, Panasonic and LG, have urged a California federal court to throw out a bid from other buyers seeking two separate trials next year.
Nations trying to keep competition in their countries on an even keel should shy away from overly rigid regulations of the digital sector, or they could end up holding back smaller competitors, the G-7 nations said Thursday.
After seeking additional information last April, the U.S. Department of Justice has cleared financial services companies Fiserv Inc. and First Data Inc. to push on with their proposed $22 billion tie-up.
Uber Technologies Inc. told a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday that the fact it was allowed to operate without regulations defeats a $248 million suit by Boston-area cab companies accusing it of running an illegal, unregulated taxi service, as a trial began in a packed courtroom.
The European Union on Thursday approved Vodafone’s $22 billion purchase of Liberty Global’s cable networks in Germany and central Europe after the company offered concessions to ease competition concerns in May.
The U.S. Department of Justice is scrutinizing Waste Management's planned $4.9 billion enterprise value purchase of solid waste collection and disposal company Advanced Disposal Services, the companies disclosed Thursday.
The European Commission has approved U.S. asset manager Apollo Management LP’s acquisition of a Dutch insurer after concluding that the transaction would raise no competition concerns in Europe.
The European Union's competition watchdog fined Qualcomm €242 million ($272 million) Thursday for abusing its dominance by selling chipsets below cost to force a rival chipmaker out of the market, the latest antitrust setback for the technology giant buffeted by enforcers around the world.
Former clerks and attorneys remember Justice John Paul Stevens, who died Tuesday night at the age of 99, for his trenchant mind and his unending civility. Does his passing mark an end to an era of collegiality on the bench?
The late Justice John Paul Stevens left a lasting impact on sports law over his 34 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, penning the majority decision in four cases that have fundamentally shaped how the sports industry is regulated today. Here, Law360 looks back on how those cases have affected sports leagues and the athletes that play in them.
Justice John Paul Stevens' landmark decision in Chevron USA Inc. v. NRDC shaped the course of administrative law, and his legacy, for decades. But a recent wave of criticism shared by members of the current court threatens to erase a doctrine that has long bolstered federal regulators' sway over corporate America.
The fight by many Democrats to push competition policy in a more populist direction helped spark a row at the Federal Trade Commission this week when members traded barbs over the agency’s split decision allowing Staples and its private equity backer to acquire office supply company Essendant.
The total value of fines levied by global enforcers for cartel conduct last year dropped slightly compared to 2017, but antitrust authorities still doled out significant penalties over both domestic and international activity, according to a report released Thursday by Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch on Monday floated the idea of overruling the high court’s landmark Illinois Brick decision, which limits federal antitrust standing to direct purchasers, during oral arguments in a case accusing Apple Inc. of monopolizing the market for apps sold on its devices.
Most written advocacy to the Bureau of Competition is of an extremely high quality, but sometimes we notice that there’s some room for improvement, says Daniel Francis, an associate director at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition.
Following recent rule changes, U.S. International Trade Commission determinations and decisions by the Federal Circuit, proposed respondents may be able to prevent or limit the scope of ITC Section 337 investigations if they act quickly using various types of preinstitution submissions, says Michael Doane of Miles & Stockbridge.
Rothschild Barry's John Coffey, who joined Justice John Paul Stevens' law firm in 1965, shares what it was like to watch Justice Stevens practice law, mentor younger lawyers and land a malfunctioning plane.
Based on our reading of last week’s antitrust compliance guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice, there are several important factors that organizations should consider as they assess whether their current program is up to snuff, say Herbert Allen and Alexa DiCunzolo at Polsinelli.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice reversed its long-standing policy of insisting on guilty pleas for criminal violations of the antitrust laws from companies that do not otherwise qualify for leniency. This shift opens a new path to deferred prosecution agreements for companies with "effective" antitrust compliance programs, say Renata Hesse, Benjamin Walker and Nicholas Menillo at Sullivan & Cromwell.
While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.
The administrative record is very important to federal agency litigation — as showcased in last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census — yet there is no set of consistent principles to guide agencies in compiling these official records, say attorneys at WilmerHale.
Since 32 of the 67 decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during its October term cite dictionaries, it’s worth reviewing the opinions to learn which dictionaries the justices consulted and how they used them, say Bruce Wessel and Brian Weissenberg of Irell & Manella.
Although the rate of employment for law school graduates — which had been falling steadily — saw a small increase over the last year, other factors, such as fewer graduates overall and potential future job growth stagnation, temper the good news for those pursuing law degrees, say Tiffane Cochran and Tyler Grimm of AccessLex Institute.
If passed, the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act will limit the number of patents that can be raised in litigation under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, with significant repercussions for biosimilar applicants deciding whether to engage in a patent dance, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.
Leveraging the collective strengths of a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do, it’s a strategic imperative for any successful firm or business, says Louise Pentland, executive vice president and chief business affairs and legal officer of PayPal.
The scope of noncompete abuses needs to be put in context, so policymakers can understand how widespread the problem actually is and how to properly tailor any legislation, says Russell Beck of Beck Reed.
The recent Eastman decision is the first time that China's anti-monopoly authority analyzed the competition problems of take-or-pay and most-favored-nation clauses, and provides some compliance reminders, say attorneys at Tian Yuan Law Firm.
When a lawyer complains about some workflow inefficiency they are having, the knee-jerk reaction of many firms is to look for a technology-based workaround. This overlooks the importance of human psychology and behavior, which may be the root of the problem, says Ryan Steadman of Zero.
Legal writing often falls flat not because it’s unorganized, but because it’s technically unsound and riddled with gaffes that cheapen and degrade it. Avoiding the most common mistakes will keep judges interested and, most importantly, make them trust you, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.