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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.