Competition

  • July 06, 2020

    Electronics Co. Can't Duck Price-Fix Suit Over US Notice

    A Texas federal judge refused Sunday to cut a Japanese electronics company from a suit accusing tech firms of jacking up the cost of licensing their mobile technology patents, finding the company had been properly served with the complaint through its U.S. subsidiary.

  • July 06, 2020

    Couche-Tard Agrees To Pay FTC $3.5M Antitrust Fine

    Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the Canadian gas station and convenience store operator and former affiliate of CrossAmerica Partners LP violated an order requiring the divestiture of 10 retail fuel stations in Minnesota and Wisconsin by June 2018.

  • July 06, 2020

    T-Mobile Keeping 11K Boost Subscribers In Sprint Merger

    The U.S. Department of Justice has told a D.C. federal court it allowed T-Mobile to keep about 11,000 subscribers from Sprint's prepaid mobile business that were supposed to be divested to Dish Network as a concession to T-Mobile and Sprint's $56 billion merger.

  • July 06, 2020

    Car Buyers Say Insurers Can't Intervene In Price-Fixing MDL

    A group of car buyers is asking a Michigan federal court not to let insurance carriers intervene in sprawling multidistrict litigation over an alleged scheme to inflate prices for auto parts, saying the insurers have no business trying to lay claim to settlement deals in the case.

  • July 06, 2020

    Telescope Co.'s Chairman Sanctioned $4M

    A Chinese telescope company's chairman is on the hook for more than $4 million in sanctions to U.S. rival Optronic Technologies Inc. after the telescope seller smuggled that amount out of the U.S. following a $50 million antitrust judgment.

  • July 06, 2020

    Real Estate Exec Banned As CMA Wins Fee Cartel Case

    A London judge on Friday disqualified a retired businessman from serving as a company director for seven years after finding that he helped fix real estate commissions to end a "fee war" with rivals in a Southwest seaside town.

  • July 02, 2020

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2020, our list of 176 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • July 03, 2020

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

    The last week has seen a competition suit against Royal Mail, a Saint-Gobain unit lodge a patent claim against 3M and a Russian bank file another suit against Mozambique and one of the state-owned entities embroiled in a $2 billion bribery scandal. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 02, 2020

    Sutter Health Indirect Purchasers Vie For Cert. In $489M Suit

    Health insurance plan purchasers seeking $489 million from Sutter Health on claims they overpaid because the hospital chain violated antitrust laws told a California federal judge during a hearing Thursday that their renewed class certification bid isn't doomed by a dispute over calculating damages.

  • July 02, 2020

    Tech Behemoths Say Yes To Testifying For Antitrust Probe

    Four of the biggest giants in tech — Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook — have agreed to sit in the House Judiciary Committee's hot seat later this summer amid the Democratic-led probe into their virtually unmatched market power.

  • July 02, 2020

    Ryanair Testing EU's Discretion In Lufthansa Aid Challenge

    Ryanair's challenge of the German government's €9 billion bailout of Lufthansa may hinge on whether European regulators missed something in their rush to combat COVID-19's economic fallout on the major carrier.

  • July 02, 2020

    Jimmy John's Slams Class Certification Bid In No-Poach Suit

    A Jimmy John's employee can't certify a class in his suit challenging the company's no-poach agreements because the class would include conflicting class members and their claims can't be proven with common evidence, the sandwich chain argued in Illinois federal court.

  • July 02, 2020

    EU To Extend State Aid Rules As COVID-19 Marches On

    The European Commission is pushing back the expiration date on a slew of state aid rules and tweaking others to account for the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the watchdog said on Thursday.

  • July 02, 2020

    DOJ Antitrust Chief Denies Staffer Claims Of Political Bias

    The head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has hit back against allegations made by a division staffer that investigations into recent cannabis mergers and a car emissions deal were politically motivated.

  • July 02, 2020

    Singapore Watchdog To Probe LSE's $27B Refinitiv Deal

    Singapore's competition authority on Thursday raised concerns about the London Stock Exchange's planned $27 billion takeover of Refinitiv, saying the blockbuster deal could affect the market for foreign exchange rates.

  • July 01, 2020

    Sports Antitrust Protection Questioned As NCAA Seeks Bill

    U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday it may be high time to scrutinize sports labor antitrust exemptions, with the NCAA urging Congress to give it a pass from antitrust scrutiny as it works to reform its rules restricting college athletes from profiting from the use of their names, images and likenesses.

  • July 01, 2020

    T-Mobile Closes $1.4B Sprint Divestment Deal With Dish

    T-Mobile has made good on its promise to shed all of Sprint's prepaid mobile business in the wake of the telecom giants' $56 billion merger, revealing Wednesday that it has officially closed the divestiture deal with Dish Network for $1.4 billion.

  • July 01, 2020

    Telescope Co. Says Rival Pulling Strings On Antitrust Suit

    Celestron wants out of a $350 million suit accusing the telescope maker of teaming up with rivals to hike the price of the stargazing devices, slamming the suit as a "transparent and frivolous" effort by a non-party competitor to run it out of business.

  • July 01, 2020

    Sandoz Dodges Sanctions Bid In Antitrust Dispute

    A New Jersey federal judge has rebuffed biopharmaceutical company United Therapeutics and infusion pump maker Smiths Medical's bid to impose sanctions on Sandoz and its marketing firm in an antitrust dispute, ruling that they attempted to correct their accidental filing of an unredacted document that revealed trade secrets.

  • July 01, 2020

    UK Watchdog Calls For New Tech Platform Regulatory Regime

    The U.K.'s competition authority called on the government Wednesday to set up a new regulatory system to help rein in the power of Facebook, Google and other major technology platforms that generate money through digital advertising.

  • July 01, 2020

    Brazil Watchdog Eases Up On Facebook, Cielo Payment Deal

    Brazil's competition authority has dropped a recent decision to block a partnership between Facebook and credit card issuer Cielo, but says it will continue probing the deal for possible anti-competitive effects.

  • July 01, 2020

    Indivior Wants 3rd Circ. To Undo Suboxone Class Cert.

    Indivior Inc. implored the Third Circuit to undo certification of a class action accusing the company of delaying generic competition of its opioid addiction drug Suboxone, arguing Wednesday that certification was improperly based on an overarching antitrust theory, rather than on individually evaluated claims.

  • July 01, 2020

    Peabody, Arch Coal Hit Back Against FTC's Bid To Halt JV

    Peabody Energy Corp. and Arch Coal Inc. have urged a Missouri federal court not to halt their proposed joint venture, arguing in a Tuesday filing that the Federal Trade Commission took too narrow a view of their market and could not support its claims that the venture would have anti-competitive effects.

  • July 01, 2020

    UK Watchdog Fines Eye Care Cos. £1.2M For Price-Fixing

    The U.K.'s antitrust regulator on Wednesday said it has fined a private hospital group and several eye disorder specialists more than £1.2 million ($1.4 million) total for colluding for almost two years to raise prices for initial consultations.

  • June 30, 2020

    DOJ Charges Glenmark With Generic Drug Price-Fixing

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced new criminal charges late Tuesday in its investigation of price-fixing in the generic-drug industry, this time accusing Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc. USA in Pennsylvania federal court of overcharging by at least $200 million for a cholesterol treatment.

Expert Analysis

  • Mandatory State Bars Likely To Remain Intact, For Now

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    A Texas federal judge’s recent holding in McDonald v. Sorrels that mandatory bar memberships do not violate members' constitutional rights indicates that such requirements survive the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 decision in Janus, but it may mean that the Supreme Court will address the issue in the not-too-distant future, say Majed Nachawati and Misty Farris at Fears Nachawati.

  • Libra, Fedcoin Could Competitively Threaten Payment System

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    Libra's apparent decision to move forward with its launch, along with the Federal Reserve's potential development of Fedcoin, might result in a reshaping of the global payments system that could raise possible anti-competitive concerns, says Marc Martos-Vila at Econ One.

  • 11 Keys To Success At Remote Mediation

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    Attorneys should accept that remote mediation may be their only current option for resolving a dispute and take steps to obtain a fantastic outcome for their clients, including making sure the right people attend the remote mediation and beginning the session with an apology, says Eric Meyer at FisherBroyles.

  • FDA Opens Useful Dialogue On Orange Book Patent Listings

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent request for comment on Orange Book patent listing requirements acknowledges the increasing complexity and interrelatedness of drug product technologies and is a step in the right direction toward clarifying these issues for the pharmaceutical industry, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Health Mergers May Face Antitrust Hurdles Amid Pandemic

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    Some health care providers may see mergers with other health systems as the only way to remain viable during COVID-19, but federal agencies are maintaining strict standards for antitrust review, and interplay with bankruptcy laws could create further complications, say Kevin Hahm and Matthew Jenkins at Hunton.

  • Pandemic Could Bring Student Exodus From Legal Profession

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    A recent survey shows that law and prelaw students have serious concerns about the quality and value of remotely provided legal education, and rapid action from the legal community is necessary to prevent promising young people from leaving in favor of other professions, says Mehran Ebadolahi at TestMax.

  • The Privilege Implications Of Using Online Collaboration Tools

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    While few courts have addressed the attorney-client privilege or work-product doctrine in the context of online collaboration tools, existing case law supports five best practices as organizations increasingly use these tools in the COVID-19 era, say Christopher Campbell and Marcus Sandifer at DLA Piper.

  • Highlights From OECD Roundtable On Data Rights In Antitrust

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    Last week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development held an off-the-record roundtable on consumer data rights and competition. Pauline Tang at Axinn reviews the publicly available presentations from the OECD secretariat, the United States, European Union, United Kingdom and Japan.

  • Calif. High Court Could Limit DA Enforcement Actions

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    The California Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Abbott Laboratories v. Superior Court could have far-reaching implications for local district attorneys' enforcement of claims under the Unfair Competition Law and for companies that defend against UCL actions, says Patrick Burns at Hanson Bridgett.

  • The Compliance Risks Facing Companies That Use Chat Apps

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    With expanded remote work practices, it is now more important than ever for companies to implement data retention policies that address ephemeral messaging platforms such as Snapchat and WhatsApp, as this technology may be used to facilitate unlawful conduct and spoliation of evidence, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Confronting Mental Distress In The Legal Profession

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    Even before the pandemic, troubling data about mental distress among lawyers pointed to a profession in crisis, but addressing the challenge requires a better understanding of the causes, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna Corp.

  • Highlights From OECD Roundtable On Killer Acquisitions

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    Last week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development held an off-the-record roundtable on startups, killer acquisitions and merger control. Angelina Whitfield at Axinn reviews some of the public statements made by speakers concerning regulators' mechanisms for assessing competitive harm from these transactions.

  • Justices' Cert Snub Perpetuates Commodities Act Uncertainty

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday not to review Atlantic Trading v. BP means that we will have to wait for another matter to address the Second Circuit's interpretation of tests designed to determine when a Commodity Exchange Act trade occurred domestically, says Katherine Cooper at Murphy & McGonigle.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Finance Investments Are Not Risk-Free Loans

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    The Ninth Circuit's certification order last week in Fast Trak v. Sax presents an important opportunity for the New York high court to affirm the consensus among courts — litigation finance transactions are not loans subject to usury laws, say Wendie Childress and William Marra at Validity Finance.

  • Opinion

    How White Privilege Helped Me Succeed In BigLaw

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    The white, male power structure has eased the path for lawyers like me for far too long, and we should now be responsible for dismantling this systemic bias within the legal industry, says Scott McLaughlin at Eversheds Sutherland.

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