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.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit in a Delaware federal court Tuesday to block Sabre's planned $360 million acquisition of its "disruptive" airline booking technology competitor Farelogix, a move that comes just days after Sabre all but dared the DOJ to challenge the merger.
The U.K.'s Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled that a government official timely issued a public interest notice over a Saudi Arabia state-linked deal to buy large stakes in the Evening Standard and the digital successor to The Independent.
Canada’s competition enforcer on Tuesday dropped its challenge of Thoma Bravo LLC’s recent purchase of oil and gas software provider Aucerna, after the private equity firm agreed to sell another portfolio company’s competing product.
Consumers blasted Qualcomm on Monday for trying to limit the Ninth Circuit's gaze in the chipmaker's class certification appeal, urging the court again to recognize the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust win over the tech giant and their efforts to notify a class of 250 million U.S. phone buyers.
The owner of a bankruptcy software provider urged a New Jersey federal court Monday to toss a suit accusing it of maintaining a conspiracy to inflate fees charged in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, saying the issue has already been litigated.
The European Commission approved €60 million ($66.6 million) in state aid to go toward building high-speed internet in a mountainous, rural swath of Austria, it announced Tuesday.
Pfizer is fighting to keep a Kansas federal judge from certifying five classes of consumers who say the pharmaceutical giant had a hand in delaying the entry of a generic version of the EpiPen as the price of the branded emergency allergy treatment continued to skyrocket.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday preliminarily approved settlements totaling $33.7 million that would resolve decade-old claims in multidistrict litigation that dozens of farms fixed the price of mushrooms sold to grocery stores, finding that the settlement amounts are “within the range of fairness.”
The Writers Guild of America will wage its legal battle against several major talent agencies in federal court, dropping a state-level suit and filing counterclaims on Monday in federal suits brought by the talent shops over the contested practice of agents collecting payments from pairing TV writers with studios.
Husch Blackwell has beefed up its Phoenix office with a four-attorney team specializing in complex commercial litigation that signed on from Lewis Roca.
Door part supplier Jeld-Wen can't bring trade secret claims against a rival in Texas state court, a Virginia federal judge has ruled, finding the allegations have already been hashed out in his own court amid the drawn-out antitrust battle waged by Jeld-Wen's competitor.
A former Sprint distributor will have to hash out its multimillion-dollar fraud, contract and defamation claims against the telecom giant in arbitration, after a D.C. federal judge on Monday rejected the retailer’s claims that Sprint bullied it into inking a one-sided dispute resolution agreement.
Four generic-drug makers have agreed to pay a combined $1.54 million to settle allegations that they struck anticompetitive deals with an Actavis unit to keep a generic version of the Alzheimer’s drug Namenda off the market.
Buyers of cheese and butter accusing milk producers of orchestrating a price-fixing scheme through a now-canceled program to slaughter dairy cows urged an Illinois federal court Friday not to nix a pair of classes certified in 2017.
Pharmaceutical information technology company Veeva Systems is pursuing antitrust claims on the wrong side of the country, life sciences data giant IQVIA told a California federal court last week, arguing that Veeva's new allegations over withheld data access are "virtually identical" to accusations already percolating in New Jersey.
The confidentiality of the settlement between CDK Global and Cox Automotive outweighs any potential value its terms might have in sprawling antitrust litigation where car dealers continue to say CDK and a rival monopolized the market for crucial auto dealer data, an Illinois federal judge ruled Friday.
Evonik Industries AG hit back against the Federal Trade Commission’s bid to block its $625 million purchase of PeroxyChem Holding Co. on Friday, telling a D.C. district court that the agency’s allegations about the hydrogen peroxide market are not based in reality.
The NCAA urged the Ninth Circuit Friday to reverse a lower court decision lifting restrictions on what colleges can pay their players, arguing that the ruling would eliminate the distinction between college and professional sports.
Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP has hired an Alston & Bird LLP partner and former top official in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division to join the firm's antitrust practice in Washington, Axinn announced Monday.
A California federal judge approved $29 million in attorney fees Friday as part of a $113 million final settlement that resolves claims that Samsung, Sony and others fixed lithium-ion battery prices.
Any problem Kraft Group Foods Inc. has with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's announcement of a $16 million settlement of a wheat price manipulation suit should be taken up with the company's own lawyers, the agency told an Illinois federal court over the weekend.
Britain’s antitrust watchdog on Monday began investigating Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's planned £6.3 billion ($7.6 billion) deal for a unit of Germany’s DVB Bank, citing worries that the takeover might hinder competition for aviation financing.
Kraft Foods Group Inc. and Mondelez Global LLC urged an Illinois federal judge Friday to impose sanctions against the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, arguing that the agency violated their $16 million deal in a wheat price manipulation suit by making public statements about the deal.
Online supplier SourceOne Dental Inc. told a New York federal court Friday that it had settled its boycott claims against Patterson Companies Inc., but said it was pressing ahead with claims against another distributor, Benco Dental Supply Co.
A New York federal judge has recommended approving settlements totaling about $23 million between two groups of customers and two manufacturers of portable truck heaters after the companies were accused of teaming up to fix prices.
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.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Kraft and Mondelez case was expected to clarify new standards for prosecuting market manipulation, but instead ended in a settlement that failed to provide any guidance or context, and even barred the CFTC from publicly commenting on the case, says Braden Perry at Kennyhertz Perry.
Recent cases involving major technology companies and their acquisition of smaller firms have called international attention to the adequacy of competition policy frameworks, and recent proposals in Europe and Australia reveal the onset of an interventionist approach from regulators, say analysts at Cornerstone Research.
The U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau all recently announced pushes into data privacy and security through consumer protection enforcement, suggesting that they could be developing the foundation for a new U.S. federal privacy statute, say Brad Elbein and Linda Priebe of Culhane Meadows.
A New Jersey appellate court's recent opinion in six noncompete cases filed by ADP illustrates the challenges in adopting a successful multijurisdictional restrictive covenant program, but employers can avoid many of these problems with careful planning, say Henry Perlowski and Edward Cadagin at Arnall Golden.
When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.
Starting this summer, settlements between innovators and generics submitted to the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act must be filed online, and other new filing requirements are quite broad, say Melanie Rupert and Alexander Plushanski of Paul Hastings.
The recent Texas federal court case Tricon Precast v. Easi-Set involves a potential use of antitrust law that is highly unusual and may be unprecedented: arguing, via the statutory defense against claims of trademark infringement, that use of an industrial design trade dress violates U.S. antitrust laws, says Rick Sanders of Aaron Sanders.
At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.
In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently stayed the discovery process in the broiler chicken antitrust litigation in order to pursue a criminal investigation over the next six months. The potential crackdown on U.S. poultry companies demonstrates changing DOJ antitrust enforcement priorities, says Bill Dillon of Taylor English.
Three key takeaways emerge from comparing class settlement time periods with related plea agreement time periods for the companies assessed the 40 largest fines by the U.S. Department of Justice for Sherman Act violations dating from 2005 to the present, says Jon Tomlin of Ankura Consulting.
Although there continue to be corporate clients who are seduced by the idea that cheapest is always best when it comes to outside counsel, there are many negative implications on service delivery that result from myopically focusing only on cost reduction at the expense of quality and innovation, says Keith Maziarek at Katten Muchin.
As demonstrated by the California bar proposal to allow nonlawyers to invest in law firms, we can change the legal ethics rules in a way that protects clients while permitting firms to innovate and serve clients better, say Todd Richheimer of Lawfty and Peter Joy of Washington University Law School.
Recent clashes between the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice — in the Qualcomm antitrust case, for example — raise serious questions of fairness, efficiency and good government, says Gregory Luib of Dechert.
A timely new book, “Raising the Bar: Diversifying Big Law," is one of the first honest assessments of the challenging battleground for people of color at large law firms, and I hope that firm management committee members read it, says U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois.