• November 27, 2023

    Google's Android Monopoly Harms Users, Stanford Prof Says

    A Stanford economics professor took the stand Monday in Epic Games' antitrust suit over Google's Android app store, saying it holds a monopoly on the market for smartphone operating systems and uses anticompetitive tactics to stifle rivals, meaning smartphone users and developers "have suffered as a result."

  • November 27, 2023

    McDonald's Asks Justices To Review Workers' No-Poach Case

    McDonald's asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review the Seventh Circuit's revival of a proposed class action alleging the company's since-discontinued no-poach provisions in franchisee agreements violated antitrust laws.

  • November 27, 2023

    Chicken Cos. Urge Justices To Allow Judgment Sharing Deal

    Several poultry producers have told the U.S. Supreme Court there's no need for the justices to review provisions of their judgment sharing agreement related to a lawsuit accusing the companies of fixing the price of broiler chicken, arguing the deal is legally sound and may soon become moot anyway.

  • November 27, 2023

    Self-Driving Tech Co. Investors Sue Over Misused Image Claim

    Executives and directors of self-driving car company Luminar Technologies Inc. face a shareholder derivative complaint alleging they damaged investors after a competitor accused the company of using an image of its proprietary technology in a pitch to investors.

  • November 27, 2023

    Firm Bows Out Of Pursuing UFC Fighters For Wage Claims

    Sparacino PLLC has agreed to stop contacting Ultimate Fighting Championship contenders who are potential members of a proposed class in a Nevada federal lawsuit that accuses the organization of repressing wages and is already represented by a group of lawyers from several firms.

  • November 27, 2023

    News Outlets Push To Toss Anti-Vax Antitrust Suit Now In DC

    The Associated Press, The Washington Post, Reuters and BBC told a D.C. federal court that the recent transfer of a lawsuit by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s anti-vaccine group doesn't help its claims that the news organizations colluded with social media platforms to censor rivals.

  • November 27, 2023

    Ex-Papa John's Manager Resubmits $5M No-Poach Settlement

    A former Papa John's manager wants to assuage a Kentucky federal judge's concerns over a $5 million settlement resolving claims over "no poach" provisions in the pizza chain's franchise agreements, arguing it doesn't matter that the deal covers both managerial and non-managerial workers or that some of them signed arbitration agreements because all plaintiffs were harmed by a "uniform" wage policy and all are making the same claim with the same theory of damages.

  • November 27, 2023

    EU Says Amazon's IRobot Deal Could Hurt Competition

    European enforcers said Monday that a review of Amazon's planned $1.7 billion purchase of iRobot shows the deal could allow the e-commerce giant to block rival robotic vacuum cleaner makers by limiting their access to its marketplace.

  • November 27, 2023

    Judge OKs Investor Attys' $19.2M Fee For Libor-Rigging Deals

    A New York federal judge on Monday approved a $19.2 million award for attorneys representing investors in a Libor-rigging case against several financial institutions for their role in securing multiple settlements totaling over $74 million.

  • November 27, 2023

    John Deere Can't Avoid Trial In Right-To-Repair Monopoly Suit

    John Deere must face a proposed class action alleging that it limits competition for farm equipment repairs by preventing unaffiliated repair shops from acquiring necessary tools, an Illinois federal judge ruled Monday, saying the proposed class has sufficiently shown that it exercises monopoly power.

  • November 27, 2023

    Ex-Allstate Agent Settles Allegations She Swiped Customers

    A former Allstate agent has agreed not to sell competing products to her former customers as part of a deal resolving allegations she improperly used Allstate's client lists and confidential information after she stopped working with the company, according to an order filed Friday.

  • November 27, 2023

    RealPage, Landlords Say DOJ Wrong On Price-Fixing Claims

    RealPage and several landlords accused of using the company's software to fix residential rental rates across the country told a Tennessee federal court the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to improperly expand antitrust law with its statement of interest in the private case.

  • November 27, 2023

    Net Neutrality Hearing To Focus On FCC's Web 'Takeover'

    Congressional Republicans will hold a hearing this week on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to reinstate net neutrality rules, contending the proposal amounts to an overbroad assertion of the agency's powers.

  • November 27, 2023

    Fla. Oncologist Avoids Prison In Scheme To Limit Competition

    A Florida federal judge sentenced the former president and managing partner of an oncology group to three years of probation and to pay a $50,000 fine for conspiring with executives at a competing oncology group to split the southwest Florida cancer treatment market.

  • November 27, 2023

    What's Next For Labor Enforcement After DOJ Punts Case?

    The future of U.S. Department of Justice criminal prosecutions against "no-poach" deals between rival employers appears troubled after the DOJ dropped its last still-pending public case following a series of high-profile losses, in one of two cases Antitrust Division prosecutors quietly abandoned in a single week.

  • August 10, 2023

    Investor Attys Want $19.2M For $74M Libor-Rigging Deals

    Attorneys representing California State Teachers Retirement System in the Libor-rigging case against several financial institutions asked a New York federal judge for a $19.2 million award for their role in securing several settlements totaling nearly $74 million.

  • November 27, 2023

    Nussbaum And Company Win Battle For Counsel Position

    A New Jersey federal judge has appointed Nussbaum Law Group PC, Korein Tillery PC and Hausfeld LLP as co-lead interim counsel in an antitrust suit against fragrance manufacturers, rejecting a bid from other firms led by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP for the roles.

  • November 27, 2023

    Pharma Cos. Taking Discovery Disputes To Alabama Judge

    Two pharmaceutical companies embroiled in a suit over allegedly misrepresented fluoride supplements are each asking an Alabama federal judge to step in to help resolve discovery disputes.

  • November 27, 2023

    Sullivan & Cromwell Guides $800M L3Harris Aviation Unit Sale

    Sullivan & Cromwell-advised L3Harris Technologies said Monday it has agreed to sell its commercial aviation business to New York-based private equity firm TJC LP for $800 million.

  • November 24, 2023

    CMA Finds Competition Concerns In Building Materials Deal

    The U.K.'s competition regulator said Friday that the proposed merger of two construction businesses is likely to increase prices for building contractors and reduce competition in certain parts of the country.

  • November 24, 2023

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

    The past week in London has seen Glencore face a claim from collapsed hedge fund Eton Park in the wake of its bribery scandal, the ex-CFO of Peppa Pig and Teletubbies toymaker bring data protection proceedings against the employment barrister who represented him at tribunal, and Delta Airlines check in to fresh trademark proceedings against hotel chain Marriott. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • November 24, 2023

    Retailer Hits Back At Visa's 'Absurd' Swipe Fees Claim

    Eyewear manufacturer Luxottica has hit back at Visa's claim that it breached a legal settlement by allowing its subsidiary to sue the card giant, telling a London court that it would be "absurd" if it had agreed to stop all claims brought by companies it purchased in future.

  • November 23, 2023

    CMA Blows Cold Air On Wolseley's Deal For Aircon Biz

    Britain's antitrust authority said Thursday that a proposed bid by Wolseley Group Ltd. for Kooltech Ltd. could result in higher prices and lower quality services for customers in the Scottish city of Aberdeen.

  • November 22, 2023

    Caltech Settles $1.1B Patent Fight With Apple, Broadcom

    The California Institute of Technology has reached a settlement agreement with Apple and Broadcom, putting to rest a long-running, $1.1 billion patent dispute over data transmission systems that has dragged on since 2016, according to filings in Golden State federal court posted Wednesday.

  • November 22, 2023

    Anti-Corruption Group Applauds Biden's Indo-Pacific Initiative

    An advocacy organization focused on fighting corruption in governments worldwide has put its stamp of approval on the Biden administration's Indo-Pacific Economic Framework launched last year with 14 nations, saying the initiative includes a significant commitment to countering illicit finance.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Criminal No-Poach Cases Can Be Deceptively Complex

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    Mark Rosman at Wilson Sonsini discusses the reasons many criminal no-poach cases that appear simple are actually more complicated than they seem, following several jury trial acquittals and two dismissed cases.

  • Forecasting The Impact Of High Court Debit Card Rule Case

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    John Delionado and Aidan Gross at Hunton consider how the U.S. Supreme Court's forthcoming ruling in a retailer's suit challenging a Federal Reserve rule on debit card swipe fees could affect agency regulations both new and old, as well as the businesses that might seek to challenge them.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • What's At Stake In Bystolic 'Side Deals' Litigation

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    In re: Bystolic Antitrust Litigation, which has oral argument set for next month, will likely shed light on how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit views side deals, and could create a circuit split in pleading standards for reverse payment cases, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Cross-Market Implications In FTC's Anesthesia Complaint

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent complaint against a private equity firm's acquisition of anesthesiology practices highlights the controversial issue of cross-market harm in health care provider mergers, and could provide important insights into how a court may view such theories of harm, say Christopher Lau and Dina Older Aguilar at Cornerstone Research.

  • FTC Orange Book Move Signals New Pharma Patent Scrutiny

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent dispute against improper listing of drug patents in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Orange Book indicates heightened surveillance of the pharmaceutical industry, particularly where competition-related consequences of patent or regulatory processes are concerned, say attorneys at Fenwick.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Competition Considerations From Biden's AI Executive Order

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    In light of President Joe Biden's recent executive order on artificial intelligence and the antitrust agencies' expansive enforcement posture, businesses in the technology and related industries should expect scrutiny, and avoid interactions that could be perceived as unlawful collaborations or exchange of competitively sensitive information, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • First-Of-Its-Kind Artist AI Ruling Offers Liability Guidance

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    A California judge recently became the first federal judge in Andersen v. Stability AI to rule at the pleading stage on a challenge to claims that training artificial intelligence models involves mass-scale copyright infringement, providing insight into the potential legal exposure of AI-enabled products, say attorneys at Fenwick.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • How 'Safe Harbor' Policy Will Modify M&A Processes

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    Legal practitioners should be aware that the Justice Department's "safe harbor" immunity will change the typical M&A process significantly as acquirers start embedding fraud detection into their due diligence, including a broader scope of examinations and interviews, says Jesse Silvertown at The Ledge.

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