Competition

  • 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.

  • February 29, 2024

    Chamber Of Commerce Backs Exxon In Activist Investor Row

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and lobbying group Business Roundtable on Thursday threw their weight behind Exxon Mobil Corp. in the company's bid to pursue its lawsuit against activist investors, a suit that some see as a proxy battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over shareholder proposals. 

  • February 29, 2024

    Monthly Merger Review Snapshot

    The Federal Trade Commission challenged Kroger's $24.6 billion bid for Albertsons, Microsoft and the FTC battled over plans to lay off nearly 2,000 video game workers amid the Activision merger fight, and the alliance of ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery drew its first challenger.

  • February 29, 2024

    Defense Contractor Says Ex-Exec Took Sensitive Data To Rival

    A defense contractor accused a former executive of taking confidential business information and export-controlled data on the body armor it supplies to the U.S. military and local and state law enforcement to a rival, a foreign-owned business.

  • February 28, 2024

    Ariz. AG Says RealPage, Landlords Use Algo To Fix Rent Prices

    Arizona's attorney general on Wednesday filed an antitrust suit in state court against RealPage and several landlords over an alleged conspiracy to illegally raise rents for hundreds of thousands of renters by using the software company's algorithms to quell competition.

  • February 28, 2024

    Google Search Judge Lets Rival's Keyboard Suit Proceed

    The same D.C. federal judge presiding over the government's search monopolization suit against Google sent up a tantalizing smoke signal for that case Tuesday in refusing to toss an Android keyboard app developer's separate antitrust lawsuit against the technology giant, rejecting key defense arguments meant to cast doubt on Google's alleged dominance.

  • February 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Undo Airline Price-Fixing Settlement Payout

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed an order granting attorney fees and a secondary distribution of a $104 million settlement in a long-running airline price-fixing case, finding the objectors who claimed the funds were wrongly sent to those who already got their first-round share lacked standing to challenge the order. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Objectors Want $1M Atty Fees In $5.6B Swipe Fees Settlement

    Class members who initially objected to a $5.6 billion settlement with Visa and Mastercard have told a New York federal judge they are seeking nearly $1 million in legal fees for "enhancing the adversary process, sharpening the debate, and pursuing meritorious appeals in this litigation over the past eleven years."

  • February 28, 2024

    Elite Schools Get OK For $166M More Aid-Fixing Deals

    An Illinois federal judge handling student aid-fixing allegations against 17 top universities gave his initial blessing to another $166 million in settlements Wednesday, the day after he ordered three universities to produce documents that could show they handled certain students' admissions differently from others.

  • February 28, 2024

    Indivior's $385M Suboxone Antitrust Deal Gets Final OK

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has granted final approval to Indivior's $385 million settlement with direct purchasers in antitrust litigation over its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone and awarded roughly $120 million in attorney fees to the purchasers' counsel.

  • February 28, 2024

    Conn. Mortgage Co. Says Partner Defected With Cash, Data

    A prospective business partner agreed to commit $100,000 to join a mortgage company and promised to bring along 15 employees, but once inside, they raided business assets for information and quickly left to start a competing venture, according to a lawsuit in Connecticut state court.

  • February 28, 2024

    Fish & Richardson Adds Ex-Jenner & Block Life Sciences Duo

    Global intellectual property law firm Fish & Richardson PC announced on Wednesday that two Chicago-based litigators from Jenner & Block LLP have joined the firm's life sciences team as partners.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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