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State Action Doctrine At The Supreme Court: Take Two

The Supreme Court has a renewed interest in the state action doctrine. After declining to clarify what types of state action are exempt from federal antitrust scrutiny for years, the Supreme Court agreed to hear its second...more

Appellate Law -- Aug 06, 2013

In an opinion issued late last week, the California Supreme Court interpreted the Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq. (the “UCL”), to allow a UCL unlawfulness claim based on a “borrowed” federal...more

Book Review: The Global Limits of Competition Law (Global Competition Law and Economics Series, Stanford University Press)

This European Competition Law Journal article reviews "The Global Limits of Competition Law," edited by Ioannis Lianos and D. Daniel Sokol. It is the first book in the Stanford University Press Series, Global Competition Law...more

Class Action Waivers and the Arbitrability of Antitrust Claims—Charting the Likely Ramifications of AMEX III

I. Introduction - There has been much debate concerning the scope of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, and the enforcement of collective arbitration waivers — also called “class...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on “Pay-for-Delay” Antitrust Issue

The Supreme Court of the United States has granted the government’s petition for a writ of certiorari in FTC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, agreeing for the first time to address the antitrust and patent law implications of...more

Khasin v. Hershey: Unduly Narrowing the Preemptive Scope of Pom Wonderful

As we have briefly explored, the Ninth Circuit has broadly construed Buckman implied preemption of state law claims pertaining to food, drugs, and medical devices, which are regulated under the federal Food, Drug, and...more

Class Action Waivers After Concepcion: The Emergence of a Circuit Split Over the Decision's Impact on Federal Claims Makes a...

A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S.Ct. 1740 (2011), which enforced a contractual waiver of class arbitration in an arbitration clause under the Federal...more

Private Challenges to Reverse Payment Settlement Allowed to Go Forward

In stark contrast to recent decisions by other circuits, the Third Circuit holds that patent law does not insulate patent settlements from antitrust scrutiny. On July 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Two Antitrust Cases Next Term

Today, although it did not issue its much-anticipated ruling on the Obama Administration’s health care plan, the Supreme Court did agree to hear two antitrust cases during its next term (which starts in October)....more

Second Circuit Refuses to Review Decision That Class Action Waiver in Arbitration Agreement is Unenforceable

The Second Circuit has refused to grant enbanc (full court) review of its earlier decision barring the enforcement of class action waiver provisions in business arbitration agreements involving federal statutory claims. The...more

Second Circuit Splits with Ninth Circuit on Enforcement of Class Action Waivers

The U.S. Supreme Court may be asked to revisit the issue of class action waivers in arbitration agreements now that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has refused to reconsider its February 1, 2012, decision in...more

Updates

Here are a few updates to some of our previous posts. First, we posted about In re Aspartame Antitrust Litigation, ___ F. Supp.2d ___, 2011 WL 4793239 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 5, 2011), as we considered the case a promising...more

Recent Second Circuit Decision Invalidating Class Action Waiver Highlights Actions by Lower Courts to Limit and Distinguish AT&T...

The Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion, which upheld the validity of class arbitration waivers in consumer contracts, was initially viewed as a serious blow to the continued viability...more

Concepcion May Not Reach Claims Under the Magnuson-Moss Act

After the U.S. Supreme Court resuscitated class action waivers earlier this year in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), companies have once again sought to enforce those waivers or have considered adding...more

AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion - What Does It Mean For Class Arbitration And Class Actions In Federal Antitrust Cases?

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, the United States Supreme Court decided AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, No. 09-893 (U.S. Apr. 27, 2011), holding that the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. sec. 2 ("FAA") preempts the California...more

United Kingdom and European Union: Legal Professional Privilege and In-house lawyers

The Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed in its judgment in the case of Azko Nobel Chemicals Ltd and Akcros Chemicals Ltd -v- European Commission that legal professional privilege does not attach to...more

California Court Takes On Trade-Secret Preemption of Other Civil Claims

Recently, a California court of appeal took up an issue that is more often examined by federal courts than state courts: trade-secret preemption of related tort claims. Please see full article below for more information....more

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