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Wage Suppression Antitrust Class Allegations Against Oracle Dismissed As Untimely

A 2009 Department of Justice (“DOJ”) investigation of the employment and recruitment practices of a number of Silicon Valley technology companies resulted in DOJ lawsuits against seven companies, followed by consent decrees...more

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

Publishers close the book on one e-books case; Supreme Court decides whether to reopen another

We will soon know whether the Supreme Court will grant Apple’s cert petition asking the Court to review and reverse its antitrust violation for conspiring with publishers to fix the prices of e-books. The Court will consider...more

District Court Refuses to Enjoin State From Pursuing Claims That Fell Within Terms of Prior Class Settlement Agreement and Release

The court in In re Flonase Antitrust Litigation, No. 08-3301, 2015 WL 9273274 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 21, 2015) recently held that it could not enjoin the state of Louisiana from pursuing claims that, on their face, fell within the...more

Drug Testing Company Settles FTC Case Alleging Invitation to Collude

The FTC has entered into a final settlement with Drug Testing Compliance Group LLC (DTC Group) by order issued January 21, 2016, resolving an administrative case that alleged DTC Group had invited a competitor to collude with...more

French Class Action Law Has Less Impact Than Expected

Since the entry into force on 1 October 2014 of the provisions of the “Hamon” law of 17 March 2014, which introduced class actions into French law in relation to consumer and competition law matters, only six class actions...more

Rodeo Associations Fail to Wrangle Each Other in First Round of Antitrust Class Action: District Court Denies Plaintiffs’...

An upstart rodeo association, created and owned by professional rodeo cowboys, challenged that its competitor’s bylaws aimed at the new association and its participants constituted agreements that unreasonably restrain trade...more

Is the Washington Legislature Caching Out Noncompete Agreements? How This Change Might Affect Your Ability to Protect Your...

For tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, and any number of emerging tech companies, tech professionals are a hot commodity in the state of Washington. No doubt, the competition is fierce here in Seattle and within the...more

More Non-Compete Nonsense: Journalist Fired in Non-Compete Debacle

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about non-compete agreements making it difficult for younger journalists to get new jobs and move up in the news world. The article focused substantially on a young journalist...more

Defend Trade Secrets Act Passed By Senate Judiciary

On January 27, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which would amend the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (“EEA”) to create a federal private right of action for trade...more

Business Litigation Report - January 2016

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution – PART 2 - Part 1 of this article, published in the December 2015 Business Litigation Report, described emerging driverless vehicle technology and related patent...more

Is "Plausibility" a Rorschach Test? The Fourth Circuit's Divided Opinion on Twombly's Motion to Dismiss Standard

A recent Fourth Circuit cases demonstrates the inherently subjective nature of the "plausibility" standard used to evaluate a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6). This standard, first articulated by the Supreme Court in...more

Kohl’s Kicks Putative Class Action Suit Alleging Deceptive Sale Prices

On February 1, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed a consumer class action alleging that Kohl’s Department Stores advertises false sale prices. The plaintiff in Mulder v. Kohl’s...more

Texas Supreme Court Considers Whether Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Can Keep Corporate Representatives From the Courtroom

In December 2014, Schlumberger subsidiary M-I LLC (d/b/a M-I SWACO) filed a writ of mandamus with the Texas Supreme Court over a trade secrets case decided in Harris County District Court. In its writ, M-I SWACO alleged that...more

Are the Patent Trolls Vulnerable to Antitrust Claims?

We previously wrote about the nascent efforts of legislators, regulators, and representa­tives of technology-dependent industries to use the antitrust laws, such as Section 2 of the Sherman Act or Section 7 of the Clayton...more

The EU Court of Justice Brings to an End Odile Jacob’s Fight Against Lagardère’s Purchase of Vivendi Universal Publishing

By its judgment of 28 January 2016 (C-514/14 P, Editions Odile Jacob SAS v Commission), the European Court of Justice (Court) upheld the General Court of the European Union’s (GCEU) ruling with respect to each of the grounds...more

January 2016: U.K. Competition/Antitrust Litigation Update

The new Competition Appeal Tribunal Fast-Track Procedure for Small-and Medium-Sized Enterprises. On October 1, 2015, significant competition law reforms took effect in the United Kingdom under the Consumer Rights Act of 2015....more

DOJ Acknowledges in Proposed Jury Instructions That Dissemination of Truthful and Non-Misleading Off-Label Use Information Is Not...

For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the position that a medical device (or drug) manufacturer that promotes an FDA-approved device (or drug) for an unapproved use violates the Federal Food, Drug,...more

General Court of the EU Upholds Cartel Fines of €131 Million Imposed on Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric, Dismisses Arguments Based...

By two judgments of January 19, 2015 (Case T-404/12 Toshiba v. Commission and Case T-409/12 Mitsubishi Electric v. Commission), the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) upheld the fines of €131 million imposed by the...more

Virginia’s Certificate of Need Laws May Stay, Fourth Circuit Says

On January 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld Virginia’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws, ruling that the scheme does not illegally discriminate against out-of-state health care providers. See Colon...more

Texas Medical Board Appeals Immunity Ruling

In a notice of appeal filed on January 8, 2016, the Texas Medical Board appealed the Western District of Texas’s ruling that the Texas Medical Board was not entitled to state action immunity in an antitrust suit involving...more

MLB Pitches Around Consumers by Settling Suit, Avoiding Further Litigation on the Scope of Its Longstanding Antitrust Exemption

We’ve previously written about litigation involving the scope of Major League Baseball’s long-standing antitrust exemption. Earlier this week, on the eve of trial, MLB settled Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of...more

EU and National Leniency Applications Independent Rules ECJ

On the 20 January 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its ruling on a preliminary reference made by the Italian Council of State on the relationship between EU and national member state leniency applications...more

Tax State Aid: The European Commission concludes Belgian ‘excess profit’ rulings illegal

On January 11 2016, the European Commission (the Commission) again used Tax State Aid arguments to combat tax planning by multinationals when it announced its final decision in the formal state aid investigation into the...more

Year in Review: The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015

As 2016 begins and IP strategies are being developed for the new year, it is a good time to reflect on what IP issues were prominent in 2015. According to the many readers of Global IP Matters, hot topics included navigating...more

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