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American Airlines Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., Southwest Airlines Co. and United Airlines Inc. were hit Wednesday in Texas federal court with another putative class action accusing them of conspiring to fix airline ticket prices, furthering a jurisdictional fight over which court will end up overseeing the litigation.
The Third Circuit on Wednesday sided with plaintiffs Rite Aid Corp., Walgreen Co. and other retailers in ordering that a single panel will hear both appeals in the Lipitor and Effexor XP pay-for-delay litigations, but said the two cases will still be briefed separately.
A California federal judge certified a class of direct purchaser plaintiffs Wednesday accusing Mitsubishi Electric Corp. of conspiring to fix the prices of cathode ray tubes in televisions, ruling buyers of Mitsubishi televisions could easily determine whether they were in the class.
The California Supreme Court declined Wednesday to revisit its May ruling reviving drug buyers' claims that Bayer Corp. illegally paid generic manufacturers $400 million to delay launching copycat versions of blockbuster antibiotic Cipro, clearing the way for buyers to challenge the so-called pay-for-delay pharmaceutical patent settlements under state antitrust law.
Spain's antitrust watchdog has slapped Repsol SA and four other energy companies with a €22.88 million ($25.2 million) fine for engaging in anti-competitive agreements to share information and fix prices at gas stations throughout the country, the agency announced Wednesday.ANALYSIS
The first half of 2015 was action-packed with rulings on key pharmaceutical antitrust issues and agency wins in high-profile challenges, but there's still plenty to watch for over the next six months, including cases that could alter the landscape of college sports and professional baseball and major challenges to benchmark banking rates.MERGER REVIEW
The American Cable Association voiced concern Tuesday that DirecTV and AT&T Inc.'s proposed merger would result in a new entity holding unprecedented power to corner the regional sports network market, lamenting Federal Communications Commission inaction on the issue.POLICY & REGULATION
A coalition of 100 cities backing improved access to broadband Internet urged federal and state officials Wednesday to provide more support for local broadband while also working to rein in big broadband incumbents, saying their market power gives them the ability to undermine competition.LITIGATION
A Texas federal judge on Thursday held that Chartis Specialty Insurance Co. has no duty to defend JSW Steel (USA) Inc. in an appeal of a $156 million judgment, while putting off a decision on Chartis' duty to indemnify pending resolution of the underlying suit.
South Africa's antitrust watchdog said Wednesday it has sought permission to challenge a recent ruling by the Competition Appeal Court of South Africa that set aside a tribunal's finding that Sasol Chemical Industries Ltd. charged too much for its plastics products.
The Eleventh Circuit vacated a pair of convictions Tuesday against a Florida couple accused of engaging in a kickback scheme involving federally funded repair work on utility poles, saying the jury instructions on those fraud counts were improperly worded, but it upheld convictions for structuring financial transactions.
Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. must cover a racketeering case claiming Conrad & Scherer LLP paid criminals to testify that Drummond Co. Inc. collaborated with Colombian paramilitary forces to murder union leaders and hundreds of civilians, according to a suit removed to federal court Tuesday.
A New Jersey doctor was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to taking nearly $2 million in bribes from a lab company involved in a $100 million Medicare and insurance fraud.EXPERT ANALYSIS
Foreign companies seeking to determine the parameters of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act in acquiring a competitor — and companies trying to ward off a takeover attempt — can learn from the public drama between Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Mylan NV, say Deidre Johnson and Amanda Muller of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Any state medical board sanction can have significant ramifications for practitioners once a sanction to the National Practitioner Data Bank is posted — this is where the domino effect occurs. State licensing agencies across the country and public and private payors can query or obtain reports from the NPDB, which can lead to further licensure sanctions and hospital and payor-program exclusion, says Lisa Clark of Duane Morris LLP.LEGAL INDUSTRY
Leveraging legal muscle across more than 45 offices worldwide in deals like General Electric Co.'s approximately $23 billion sale of its global real estate portfolio and Novartis AG's $16 billion acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's oncology business has landed Hogan Lovells LLP for a fifth consecutive place among Law360's annual Global 20.
In a trend that has been developing for years, top boutiques continue to encroach on big firms' territory by blending the same high level of skill and expertise with a lower rate structure and greater client accessibility, analysts say. Here, Law360 looks at 10 boutiques that have established brands on par with the biggest firms.
After 22 trial days and nearly as many witnesses, the criminal case against three former top Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives was just warming up, leaving legal experts asking whether the prosecution's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach will pin the defendants or leave the jury flummoxed and unwilling to convict.
After attracting attention for calling Chief Justice John Roberts' same-sex marriage dissent "heartless," Judge Richard Posner defended his frankness to Law360, adding that the high court doesn't concern itself with what he and other "little people" think.
A U.S. International Trade Commission judge's decision to disqualify Dentons US LLP from representing an Ohio company in a patent suit against Gap Inc. should act as a warning for lawyers in growing megafirms looking to the structure of Swiss vereins as protection against ethical challenges, experts said.
A California bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved a deal between the unsecured creditors committee for defunct law firm Howrey LLP and three former partners, resolving multimillion-dollar claims over intellectual property-related casework that the attorneys brought with them to similarly doomed Dewey & Leboeuf LLP after Howrey collapsed in 2011.
Canadian law firm Gowlings LLP inked a deal to merge with top U.K. legal giant Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. to create a global 1,400-attorney firm, with a focus on intellectual property, life sciences, energy, infrastructure, resources, advanced manufacturing and technology, the firm said Wednesday.
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