Competition

  • February 26, 2024

    Google Judge Rips $700M Antitrust Deal: 'It's Not Great'

    A California federal judge lambasted a $700 million deal that consumers and state attorneys general struck with Google blocking antitrust claims related to Android apps and the Play Store for 127 million consumers for the next seven years, saying Monday he's "never granted prospective relief" and that plaintiffs "folded" with "four aces."

  • February 26, 2024

    Consumers Face Big Setback In £10B Mastercard Class Action

    Britain's antitrust court dealt a blow to consumers Monday in a £10 billion ($12.68 billion) class action over Mastercard's fees by ruling that the credit card titan's European interchange fees didn't influence its domestic rate in the United Kingdom.

  • February 26, 2024

    Live Nation Can't Cancel Suit Over Eras Tour Sales Meltdown

    A California federal judge refused Friday to end a proposed securities class action alleging Live Nation made misleading statements about its operations when news of alleged anticompetitive practices with Ticketmaster caused stock prices to drop, finding the suit describes "a materially different state of affairs" than what Live Nation claimed.

  • February 26, 2024

    Apple Antitrust Class Action Gets Early 2026 Trial Date

    A California federal judge on Monday set trial in a high-stakes consumer class action antitrust fight over Apple's App Store policies for February 2026, but refused to weigh in on Apple's request to pause certain discovery while the tech giant appeals the judge's recent class certification decision.

  • February 26, 2024

    Vape Wholesaler TM Dispute Booted From Illinois Court

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday dismissed a trademark dispute between HS Wholesale Ltd. and HS Global Distribution LLC, saying HS Global doesn't have sufficient contact with the state for the court to have jurisdiction over the claims.

  • February 26, 2024

    Dry Cleaning Magazine In NJ Must Pay $8.2M For Defamation

    A dry-cleaning industry publication was hit with an $8.2 million verdict by a New Jersey federal jury on Friday on claims that it ran a yearslong defamation campaign in its magazines against a dry-cleaning supply business and its competing trade publication.

  • February 26, 2024

    JetBlue, Spirit Tell 1st Circ. $3.8B Deal Is Good For Most Fliers

    JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines told the First Circuit on Monday that a $3.8 billion merger should not have been blocked because the judge who stopped the sale sought to protect a small, hypothetical subset of travelers to the detriment of the vast majority who stand to benefit from the deal.

  • February 26, 2024

    Gartner, Hackett Settle Trade Secrets, Employee-Poaching Suit

    Consulting firm Gartner Inc. and its rival The Hackett Group Inc. have settled a trade secrets fight that saw each company accuse the other of unfair trade practices, according to a filing dismissing the case from Connecticut federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    House GOP Accuses FTC Chair Of Mismanagement

    Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan is under fire from House Republicans for an alleged vast mismanagement scheme, as outlined in a new report.

  • February 26, 2024

    Burford, Sysco Object To Nixed Swap In Price-Fixing Suits

    Restaurant food distributor Sysco and a Burford Capital affiliate both objected to a federal magistrate judge's decision not to allow the affiliate to replace Sysco in sprawling price-fixing lawsuits against pork and beef producers, asserting that the denial contravenes civil procedure rules and public policy.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ashurst, Davis Polk-Led Alcoa To Buy Alumina In $2.2B Deal

    Ashurst LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP are guiding Pittsburgh-based Alcoa on a preliminary agreement to buy Australia's Alumina Ltd. at an implied equity value of about $2.2 billion, in a deal confirmed by Alumina on Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    FTC Challenges Kroger's $25B Albertsons Buy

    The Federal Trade Commission announced a new, national front Monday against Kroger's heavily criticized $24.6 billion purchase of fellow grocery store giant Albertsons, challenging a deal it said threatens both shoppers and workers and cannot be saved by the planned divestiture of a "hodgepodge" of hundreds of stores.

  • February 26, 2024

    Housebuilders Face Antitrust Probe Over Information-Sharing

    The Competition and Markets Authority said Monday it has launched an investigation into eight housebuilders over suspicions that they might be sharing commercially sensitive information with their competitors that could influence the development and pricing of new homes.

  • February 23, 2024

    Vanderbilt, 3 Other Elite Schools Ink $166M Aid-Fixing Deals

    Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, Dartmouth College and Rice University on Friday reached settlements totaling $166 million to resolve proposed antitrust class claims alleging that they and 13 other universities conspired to limit student aid.

  • February 23, 2024

    Google Says Innovation Led To Dominance In Closing Brief

    Google is telling the D.C. federal judge overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice's monopoly case against the search giant that its innovation and relentlessness are the forces driving its dominance in search, not anticompetitive agreements as the Justice Department has alleged.

  • February 23, 2024

    Restaurants Blast 'Fatal Flaws' In Chicken Price-Fix Deal

    Boston Market and other restaurants objecting to Simmons Foods' $8 million chicken price-fixing settlement with direct purchasers say the Seventh Circuit should unwind the deal because it improperly releases bid-rigging claims for no consideration and turns the massive two-track case on its head.

  • February 23, 2024

    NCAA Can't Enforce NIL Restrictions Amid Suit, Judge Rules

    A Tennessee federal judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction preventing the NCAA from enforcing its ban on name, image and likeness compensation for athletes being recruited by institutions, allowing the schools to immediately offer NIL deals to recruits without punishment.

  • February 23, 2024

    Commerce Dept. Partly Waives 'Buy America' For BEAD

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday announced limited waivers from "Buy America" requirements under the agency's $42.5 billion broadband deployment program to make sure that enough advanced components can flow to projects around the country.

  • February 23, 2024

    Judge Won't Reschedule Google's Ad Tech Trial In Va.

    A Virginia federal judge refused a request from Google on Friday to reschedule a slated September trial for the U.S. Department of Justice's ad tech monopolization case, saying the tech giant can overcome a potential timing conflict for its attorneys.

  • February 23, 2024

    Homebuyers' NAR Antitrust Claims Still Fail, Ill. Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge has again axed federal antitrust claims brought by a proposed class of homebuyers challenging the National Association of Realtors' commission rules, while allowing some of the new state law claims to move forward.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ohio Chamber Backs Google In 'Common Carrier' Case

    Ohio's Chamber of Commerce is lining up behind tech behemoth Google in its battle to convince an Ohio court that it is not a common carrier while the state is trying to convince the court that Google is, so it may be banned from preferring its own products in its search results.

  • February 23, 2024

    Dickinson Wright Pulls In IP Atty From Steptoe

    Dickinson Wright PLLC continues to expand its intellectual property team, adding a new member to its Chicago office from Steptoe LLP.

  • February 23, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Tossed Google $2B Ad Trespass Suit

    The Ninth Circuit said Thursday that it will not reconsider its decision to toss a proposed $2 billion class action against Google that claimed the ubiquitous search engine enriched itself through unauthorized advertising that trampled website owners' property.

  • February 23, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Tesco target competing retailer Lidl with a copyright claim as they battle in the Court of Appeal over the design of Tesco’s Clubcard, the directors of a taxi business sue the creator of an AI route mapping app for professional negligence, Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers tackle an aviation claim by an Irish investment company, and Robert Bull hit with a general commercial contracts claim by Hancock Finance.

  • February 22, 2024

    Mastercard Faces Monopolization Claims Over Digital Tokens

    Mastercard has been stonewalling digital wallet startup OV Loop, refusing to provide needed tokens and thereby excluding OV Loop from the mobile payment services market, all part of Mastercard's effort to maintain its chokehold on payment processing and continue to charge supracompetitive fees on transactions, according to a suit filed Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • HR Antitrust Compliance Crucial Amid DOJ Scrutiny

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    The Justice Department's Antitrust Division recently announced a required human resources component for antitrust compliance programs, which means companies should evaluate their policies to prevent, detect and remediate potential violations as they add training for HR professionals, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Mass Arb. Rule Changes May Be A Hindrance For Consumers

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    The American Arbitration Association's recent changes to its mass arbitration supplementary rules and fee schedule, including a shift from filing fees to initiation and per-case fees, may reduce consumers' ability to counteract businesses' mandatory arbitration agreements, say Eduard Korsinsky and Alexander Krot at Levi & Korsinsky.

  • ChristianaCare Settlement Reveals FCA Pitfalls For Hospitals

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    ChristianaCare's False Claims Act settlement in December is the first one based on a hospital allegedly providing private physicians with free services in the form of hospital-employed clinicians and provides important compliance lessons as the government ramps up scrutiny of compensation arrangements, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • The Latest Antitrust Areas For In-House Counsel To Watch

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    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission's increasingly aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement means in-house counsel should closely monitor five key compliance issues, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

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