The Federal Trade Commission does not have to prove that a $625 million merger between two hydrogen peroxide manufacturers will result in clear-cut price-fixing, only that it makes such collusion more likely, an attorney for the agency said Tuesday as a trial over the agency's attempt to stop the deal kicked off.
State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco said risks ranging from climate change to terrorism to political instability could affect its operations, part of wide-ranging disclosures the Saudi Arabian company released as it prepares for an expected December initial public offering.
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The U.S. Department of Justice moved for final judgment to clear its settlement allowing T-Mobile to buy Sprint, according to a motion filed Friday in D.C. federal court, just two days after the agency assailed concerns from critics of the deal over potential harm to consumers.
A Georgia city seeking dismissal of a suit accusing it of illegally tying its water and natural gas services together told a federal judge Tuesday that it scrapped the challenged ordinance after the Eleventh Circuit said it wasn't immune to antitrust claims.
A telecommunications company said a Cayman Islands-based cryptocurrency firm should have to face antitrust claims in Florida federal court, pushing back on the defendant's argument it doesn’t do business in the Sunshine State.
The European Court of Justice has cut in half the fine it imposed on one of three recycling companies punished for taking part in a cartel to fix prices for the purchase of car batteries from scrap dealers.
Dental suppliers Benco Dental and Patterson have opted not to contest a Federal Trade Commission in-house judge’s findings that they violated antitrust law by conspiring not to offer discounts to buying groups, the FTC said Friday, meaning the judge's decision will now become final.
Beck Redden LLP attorneys narrowed down evidence prepared by another firm in order to win a $176 million verdict for HP Inc. in a complex case alleging optical disk drive supplier Quanta was part of an industrywide price-fixing scheme.
The Federal Trade Commission has asked the Fifth Circuit to reverse a ruling that paused the agency's in-house proceeding against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board, arguing the board is attempting to avoid the process set up by Congress to review enforcement actions.
Baker Botts has hired a Taylor & Patchen LLP litigator with expertise in complex commercial and intellectual property disputes as a partner at its Palo Alto, California, office, the firm has announced.
SunTrust and BB&T plan to divest 30 bank branches in North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia in order to secure a green light from the U.S. Department of Justice for their anticipated $28 billion merger of equals, according to a Friday announcement.
Two hydrogen peroxide manufacturers have urged a D.C. federal court to reject the Federal Trade Commission's effort to put the breaks on their $625 million tie-up, arguing that the agency misunderstands the market and ignored a proposed fix for the problems it had identified.
Hollywood talent agencies urged a California federal court Wednesday not to toss their allegations that the union representing film and television writers is orchestrating an illegal boycott, arguing that the activity goes far beyond any labor exemptions to antitrust law.
The U.S. Department of Justice assailed critics of its deal clearing T-Mobile’s purchase of Sprint on Wednesday, telling a D.C. federal judge reviewing the settlement that adequate safeguards exist to ensure the combination doesn’t harm consumers.
Data analytics company Nielsen, advised by Wachtell, Baker McKenzie and Clifford Chance, detailed plans Thursday to spin off its global connect business, a move lauded by an activist hedge fund that had urged the company to weigh its options.
A Third Circuit panel has prevented the Federal Communications Commission from moving forward with media ownership rules based on the modern industry landscape, the agency said Thursday in a request for a full circuit review of the FCC's regulatory attempts.
The ongoing trade tensions with China and overall political uncertainty in the U.S. pose the greatest risks to mergers and acquisitions activity aside from concerns about the economy, prompting significantly more pessimism in the outlook for 2020 deal-making.
PennyMac Loan Services LLC sued software provider Black Knight Inc. in California federal court Wednesday, accusing the company of stifling competition in the market for mortgage servicing software, a day after Black Knight sued for contract breach and misappropriation of trade secrets.
A Massachusetts federal judge refused Wednesday to reconsider her denial of class certification to consumers accusing pharmaceutical companies Actavis and Shire of illegally delaying the sale of a generic version of Shire's ADHD medication Intuniv, finding the buyers still undone by a large group of uninjured buyers.
A liberal think tank, a federation of labor unions and a handful of economists have come out in favor of a Ninth Circuit appeal that could torpedo the NCAA's restrictive student-athlete pay caps, saying a lower court's refusal to do so relied on reasoning that sets a terrible precedent.
The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday ordered leading prosthetic manufacturer Otto Bock to undo its acquisition of a rival in the market for microprocessor-driven knees, finding that the deal has already harmed competition.
Spurred by prosecutors’ intensifying criminal racketeering case against current and former JPMorgan traders accused of spoofing the precious metals market, a New York federal judge maintained a stay on consolidated antitrust lawsuits against the bank but would not guarantee that he'll keep the civil action frozen until the criminal proceeding wraps up.
Hausfeld LLP is considering whether to file a competing collective action suit in London accusing several banks of rigging the global foreign exchange market, setting up a potential tussle with Scott & Scott, the rival firm helming the existing British claim.
Defense counsel representing Bumble Bee Foods' former CEO Christopher Lischewski hammered one of his former lieutenants before a California federal jury Tuesday, asking the tearful witness whether he took a guilty plea and then lied about Lischewski's involvement in tuna industry price-fixing to avoid jail.
While trade negotiations between the U.S. and China resume Thursday, it is difficult to imagine a trade agreement in the near term that could blunt the momentum of larger strategic forces pushing the two countries apart, say attorneys at Kirkland.
With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.
The Viamedia and Qualcomm antitrust cases in the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, in which the U.S. Department of Justice has taken positions regarding when a refusal to deal could be unlawful, may lead the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify the appropriate standard for refusal to deal claims, says Ryan Sandrock of Sidley.
Almost 10 years after enactment of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, AbbVie’s assertion of 18 patents against three Humira biosimilars shows that patent thickets remain an obstacle to launching follow-on biologics and help explain why U.S. launches lag behind those in Europe, say attorneys at Axinn.
The Japanese government has expedited discussions for new regulations and enforcement regarding digital platforms, bringing new possible risks and protections for U.S. platforms with users in Japan, says Takashi Komoguchi of Oh-Ebashi.
The Federal Trade Commission's Oct. 2 settlement of pyramid scheme claims with AdvoCare will have far-reaching effects, both for those in the direct selling industry and for those following the ongoing debate over the agency's authority to prosecute FTC violations, say attorneys at Kelley Drye.
The recently released Hart-Scott-Rodino annual report confirms that the issuance of a second request has a high correlation with the federal agencies' challenging a proposed transaction or the parties abandoning a transaction. Attorneys at Norton Rose analyze current as well as historical data and share strategies for parties to prepare for antitrust review.
By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.
The balanced and structured policy for patent licensing negotiations in standards organizations that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu recently called for is already satisfied by the 2013 joint statement on standard essential patent remedies by the USPTO and U.S. Department of Justice, says Michael Carrier of Rutgers Law School.
Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.
The U.K. Supreme Court’s eventual opinion in Unwired Planet v. Huawei will decide whether English courts are a proper forum for determining global fair license terms for standard-essential patents, and there are several reasons to question the English courts' creation of this approach, says Thomas Cotter of the University of Minnesota Law School.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.
The Düsseldorf appeals court's recent order in the Facebook case unwinds the German Federal Cartel Office's groundbreaking fusion of data protection law standards with competitive assessments and may have a signaling effect beyond German borders, say attorneys at Cleary.
While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations we have set for ourselves and our clients, says Edward Shapiro at Much Shelist.
In this Expert Analysis series, leaders at some of the law firms that committed to the American Bar Association's 2018 pledge to improve mental health and well-being in the legal industry explain how they put certain elements of the initiative into action.