Competition

  • March 01, 2024

    Google Gets Ad Tech Monopolization MDL Trimmed

    A New York federal judge on Friday threw out a number of claims in sprawling multidistrict litigation over Google's alleged monopoly in digital advertising, although the judge held that Google must continue to face limited claims from publishers and advertisers in several cases.

  • March 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Drug Sales Help Keep J&J Patent Alive

    Johnson & Johnson has persuaded a federal judge in Wilmington, Delaware, to rule in its favor in a patent case seeking to prevent a startup from launching a competing line of schizophrenia drugs, in part because Invega Sustenna has made the pharmaceutical giant billions of dollars.

  • March 01, 2024

    FTC, DOJ Slam Use Of Software To Fix Rent Payments

    The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday told a Washington federal judge that landlords can't collude on housing prices even if they're using new technology to do it, adding their input to a case accusing property owners of fixing rental costs with Yardi Systems Inc. software.

  • March 01, 2024

    FTC Wants To Split Amazon Antitrust Trial

    The Federal Trade Commission has asked a Washington federal court to split its landmark monopolization case against Amazon into two phases, with a trial to determine if the company violated antitrust law and another to mull potential fixes if the court finds that it did.

  • March 01, 2024

    Top Groups Lobbying The FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission heard from companies and interest groups close to 200 times in February on subjects ranging from net neutrality rules to "all-in" cable pricing, device security labels, minimum broadband speeds and more.

  • March 01, 2024

    'We Don't Know If They Prejudged Meta,' Judge Says Of FTC

    The D.C. federal judge handling Meta's case attacking the Federal Trade Commission's constitutionality and its efforts to reopen a 2020 privacy settlement balked Friday at preliminarily stopping the agency from banning the monetization of children's data.

  • March 01, 2024

    Gilead, Cipla Ink Deal To End HIV Drug Buyers' Antitrust Suit

    Gilead Sciences Inc. and generics maker Cipla told a California federal judge Friday they've reached a settlement ending a proposed class action filed by a public employees' health insurance fund over an alleged anti-competitive patent deal to delay the launch of a generic version of the HIV drug Truvada.

  • March 01, 2024

    FTC Attacks Constitutional Defenses In Hospital Merger Fight

    The Federal Trade Commission has urged a federal court to trim Novant Health's defenses in the agency's challenge of a $320 million plan to buy two North Carolina hospitals, citing case law holding that constitutional arguments are immaterial to the court's consideration of an antitrust injunction bid.

  • March 01, 2024

    Panel Backs Tossing Of Eli Lilly, Bayer Drug Marketing Suits

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday upheld the tossing of two lawsuits accusing Bayer Corp. and Eli Lilly & Co. Inc. of engaging in "unlawful marketing schemes" leading to false claims submissions to government healthcare programs, finding the cases did not meet the "public disclosure bar."

  • March 01, 2024

    FTC Backs Colo. Right-To-Repair Expansion

    A Federal Trade Commission representative appeared at a Colorado legislative hearing in support of a proposed "right-to-repair" law requiring manufacturers to provide documentation, software, data and certain tools to allow consumers to fix their own digital electronic equipment.

  • March 01, 2024

    3 Firms Seek $80M In Fees From Real Estate Brokerage Deal

    Class counsel for homeowners who say they paid artificially inflated broker commissions when they sold their homes are asking for about $80 million in attorney fees and $12 million in expenses after they settled with major real estate brokerages.

  • March 01, 2024

    UK Extends Probe Into Smoke Alarm Co.'s £28M Bid For Rival

    FireAngel Safety Technology Group PLC said Friday that the U.K. government has extended the national security probe into its proposed £27.7 million ($35 million) acquisition by Singapore-based home security company Intelligent Safety Electronics Pte. Ltd.

  • March 01, 2024

    Musk Says OpenAI, Altman Broke Co.'s Founding Principles

    Elon Musk has accused former business partner and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman of setting the business' "founding agreement aflame," alleging in a California state lawsuit that he betrayed his promises to run the company as a nonprofit and make technological advances open to the public so artificial intelligence development would be "for the benefit of humanity."

  • March 01, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Pillsbury, Cleary Gottlieb

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, First Advantage Corp. acquires Sterling Check Corp., International Game Technology spins off two subsidiaries, Disney merges its media operations in India with Reliance Industries, and Atlas Energy Solutions purchases Hi-Crush.

  • March 01, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle between confectionary heavyweight Mars Wrigley UK and a frozen food manufacturer, a trademark infringement claim by Abbott Diabetes Care over glucose monitoring meters, Mercedes-Benz Group hit with two commercial fraud disputes, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company tackle a cargo claim by an insurance company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 29, 2024

    Amazon Cuts Deals With Mastercard, Banks In Fee MDL

    Amazon told a New York federal court Thursday that it has reached settlement agreements with Mastercard and several banks, after reaching a previous deal with Visa, over allegations that anti-competitive conduct by the card companies and banks caused the online retail giant to overpay for transaction fees.

  • February 29, 2024

    Blank Rome Accused Of Suing Atty Over Job Change

    A trial attorney who used to defend plane parts manufacturer Avco Corp. accused the company and Blank Rome LLP Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court of pursuing "frivolous" litigation against her, claiming they sought to destroy her livelihood because she joined a plaintiffs' firm that frequently sues aviation manufacturers.

  • February 29, 2024

    DOJ Says Court Rehab Means Ga. Bid Rig Case Must Move

    Construction at Savannah, Georgia's federal courthouse means three men accused of conspiring to rig bids for millions of dollars' worth of ready-mix concrete contracts will have to be tried in a college town a couple of counties over, according to the DOJ.

  • February 29, 2024

    STB, CSX Tell Justices To Reject Norfolk Southern Appeal

    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has taken its contentious battle to have itself declared immune to a rival's antitrust suit to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the competitor that's suing it and the regulator who declared it not exempt are both asking the justices to leave well enough alone.

  • February 29, 2024

    Epic, Google Are At App Store Antitrust Remedies 'Impasse'

    Epic Games Inc. and Google LLC told a California federal judge on Wednesday that they are at an impasse over the potential changes Google will have to make following the Fortnite game developer's jury trial win on antitrust claims related to Google Play Store and Android apps.

  • February 29, 2024

    Biden Floats 3 Nominees To Return FERC To Full Strength

    President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a trio of nominees to fill vacant commissioner slots at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including the solicitor general of West Virginia and a former Massachusetts energy official.

  • February 29, 2024

    Sandoz To Pay $265M To Resolve Claims In Price-Fixing MDL

    Swiss generic drug and biosimilar manufacturer Sandoz announced Thursday that two of its subsidiaries have reached a $265 million settlement with the direct purchasers of generic medications to resolve allegations of federal antitrust violations.

  • February 29, 2024

    Discover Deal Prompts Dems To Seek Bank Merger Revamp

    Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, and 15 other House Democrats are calling on federal bank regulators and the U.S. Department of Justice to quickly crack down on mergers in the wake of Capital One's recently announced $35.3 billion deal to acquire Discover Financial Services.

  • February 29, 2024

    Canada's Competition Watchdog Deepens Google Ad Probe

    Canada's competition enforcer said Thursday the agency has expanded an investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance over technology used to place ads on third-party websites and apps, adding to mounting global pressure on the tech giant's ad business.

  • February 29, 2024

    Feds Nab 2 More Guilty Pleas In Polar Air Cargo Fraud Case

    Two more former executives of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide Inc. have pled guilty to participating in a scheme to accept kickbacks from vendors in exchange for favorable business arrangements.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Suits Against Insulin Pricing Are Driven By Rebate Addiction

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    A growing wave of lawsuits filed by states, cities and counties against insulin manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers improperly allocate the blame for rising insulin costs, when in actuality the plaintiffs are partially responsible, says Dan Leonard at Granite Capitol Consulting.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • Opinion

    Pick 'Em Fantasy Sports Games Are Not Illegal Gambling

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    DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc.'s quest for nationwide regulation of competing fantasy sports companies that offer "pick 'em" games lacks legal merit, may violate antitrust law's Noerr-Pennington doctrine, and should be dismissed, says attorney David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Args In APA Case Amplify Justices' Focus On Agency Power

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    In arguments last week in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Supreme Court justices paid particular importance to the possible ripple effects of their decision, which will address when a facial challenge to long-standing federal rules under the Administrative Procedure Act first accrues and could thus unleash a flood of new lawsuits, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

  • What To Know About OCC Proposals For Bank Merger Review

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    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's proposed changes to the agency's bank merger review process could exacerbate industry concerns with long and unpredictable processing periods because the proposal is ambiguous with respect to how the OCC will view certain transactions, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Opinion

    Biden Admin's March-In Plan Would Hurt Medical Innovation

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    The Biden administration's proposal to reinterpret the Bayh-Dole Act and allow the government to claw back patents when it determines that a commercialized product's price is too high would discourage private investment in important research and development, says Ken Thorpe at the Rollins School of Public Health.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Reassessing Trade Secrets Amid Proposed Noncompete Ban

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    The Federal Trade Commission's proposed ban on noncompete agreements as well as state bans make it prudent for businesses to reevaluate and reinvigorate approaches to trade secret protection, including knowing what information employees are providing to vendors, and making sure confidentiality agreements are put in place before information is shared, says Rob Jensen at Wolf Greenfield.

  • Mitigating The Risk Of Post-Closing M&A Earnout Disputes

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    Today's uncertain deal environment makes a well-crafted earnout an excellent way for parties to accomplish a desired transaction that would not otherwise occur, but transacting parties also need to take key steps to avoid the risk of post-closing disputes that earnouts can present, say Chad Barton and Claire Lydiard at Holland & Knight.

  • What's On The Horizon In Attorney General Enforcement

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    A look at recent attorney general actions, especially in the areas of antitrust and artificial intelligence, can help inform businesses on what they should expect in terms of enforcement trends as 10 attorney general races play out in 2024, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Planning For Stymied HSR Filings At FTC If Shutdown Occurs

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    If the government were to shut down in early March, the inability to submit Hart-Scott-Rodino filings with the Federal Trade Commission would grind transactions to a halt, and parties should consider numerous implications as they are negotiating or planning to close pending transactions, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • How High Court SEC Case Could Affect The ITC

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy will likely spare the U.S. International Trade Commission from major operative changes, the ITC’s ability to issue penalties for violations of its orders may change, say Gwendolyn Tawresey and Ryan Deck at Troutman Pepper.

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