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FERC Versus State Authorities: Supreme Court Agrees to Review ONEOK v. Learjet

On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition to hear an appeal by several companies contending that antitrust claims filed against them under state law over alleged manipulation of gas prices during the western...more

California Maintains Some Restrictions On The Waivers Allowable In Employment Arbitration Agreements

This week the Supreme Court of California held that the FAA preempts California’s 2007 Gentry ruling, one that protected employees from nearly all class action waivers in arbitration agreements. Iskanian v. CLS Transp. Los...more

ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis Federation), No. 534, 2013

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court answered certified questions of law from the United States District Court for the District of Delaware concerning the validity of a fee-shifting provision in a Delaware...more

The Way to San Jose: Not Through Federal Court

Frustrated with the inability of the Oakland Athletics to commit to relocate to San Jose in the face of the territorial objections of the San Francisco Giants – and by the failure of Major League Baseball (MLB) to bring the...more

California Supreme Court Holds Insurers are Subject to Unfair Competition Claims in Zhang Case

On August 1, the California Supreme Court issued its highly-anticipated decision in Zhang v. Superior Court, holding that the California Unfair Insurance Practices Act (Ins. Code §790 et seq.) does not necessarily preempt an...more

That's A Spicy Meatball!

As our readers will no doubt recall, the Supreme Court boldly struck a blow for truth, justice and the American Way a few years ago in its approval of class action waivers in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740...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

April 2013: Life Sciences Litigation Update: Will the Supreme Court Resolve Circuit Split on Settlement of ANDA Disputes?

On March 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc. (Docket No. 12-416). The Actavis case centers around the debate over the type of antitrust analysis that should apply...more

Amici File Briefs Supporting Certiorari in K-Dur Case -- Part II

Joining the parties and amici with clear interests in resolving the circuit split created by the Third Circuit opinion in the K-Dur case (In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation), the Washington Legal Foundation, self-described as...more

Amici File Briefs Supporting Certiorari in K-Dur Case

Joining the parties and amici with clear interests in resolving the circuit split created by the Third Circuit opinion in the K-Dur case (In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation), two "public interest" groups have also filed amicus...more

GPhA Files Amicus Brief in K-Dur Case

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) filed an amicus brief in support of a grant of certiorari by the Supreme Court in the K-Dur case (In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation). Characterizing the issue as being "profoundly...more

Urging Supreme Court Review of Antitrust Challenges to Patent Settlements Between Pharmaceutical Companies

Dechert LLP submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation urging the Court to review the Third Circuit’s decision in In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation. K-Dur...more

PhRMA Files Amicus Brief in K-Dur Case

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer's of America (PhRMA) have filed an amicus brief in support of a grant of certiorari by the Supreme Court in the K-Dur case (In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation). Not surprisingly,...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

Merck Asks Supreme Court to Review Third Circuit K–Dur Decision

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission accomplished a decade-long goal: getting a Federal Circuit Court of Appeal (the 3rd Circuit) to support its position that so-called "reverse payments" (also known as "pay-for-delay"...more

Third Circuit Provides Friendly Environment for FTC and Plaintiffs Challenging Certain Patent Litigation Settlements

Originally published on The National Law Review. On July 16, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced its decision in In Re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation, a case involving so-called "reverse payment"...more

Third Circuit Breathes New Life into FTC Efforts to Block Pharmaceutical Patent Settlements

The antitrust debate over the legality of "reverse payment" or "pay-for-delay" pharmaceutical patent settlements has raged on for over a decade. Last week's K-Dur decision has pushed this debate to the boiling point, as the...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

Kansas Supreme Court Declares "Rule of Reason" Inapplicable to Kansas Antitrust Law; Legislature May Have a Different Idea

In Leegin Creative Leather Prods., Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., 551 U.S. 877 (2007), the U.S. Supreme Court expressly overruled the categorical ban on vertical price fixing agreements that had existed for nearly a century prior. See...more

Will Corporate America Say “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore” After The Kansas Supreme Court’s Antitrust Decision in O’Brien v. Leegin?

In 2007, the Supreme Court overturned almost one hundred years of settled antitrust precedent by declaring that retail price maintenance (“RPM”), the practice by which a manufacturer attempts to dictate the resale price of...more

Using Federal Antitrust Law To Void Class Action Waivers

Originally published in Competition Law360 on May 15, 2012. Last year, in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S.Ct. 1740 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the so-called “collective arbitration waivers” (also...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

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