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Second Circuit Affirms Ruling Against Apple in E-book Price-Fixing Case

We have previously posted about United States v. Apple, Inc., a blockbuster trial that ended with Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York concluding that Apple had conspired with five publishing companies to...more

Second Circuit Becomes First Court of Appeals to Address Pharmaceutical “Product Hopping” Under Antitrust Laws in Decision Barring...

Few courts have addressed antitrust challenges to pharmaceutical “product hopping,” i.e., the practice of shifting customers from a drug nearing the end of its patent protection to a modified version that is covered by newer...more

Shipping Executive Acquitted of Antitrust Charge

On May 8, 2015, a jury in Puerto Rico acquitted Thomas Farmer (Farmer), the former vice president of price and yield management for Crowley Liner Services, Inc., of conspiring to suppress and eliminate competition in...more

Auto Insurers Again Seek Dismissal of In RE Auto Body Shop Antitrust Litigation

In early march, the auto insurer defendants in the In re Auto Body Shop Antitrust Litigation renewed their motions seeking the dismissal of plaintiffs’ action, this time directed at plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint. The...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News: Volume 4, Number 3

Auto Insurers Again Seek Dismissal of In Re Auto Body Shop Antitrust Litigation - In early March, the auto insurer defendants in the In re Auto Body Shop Antitrust Litigation renewed their motions seeking the dismissal...more

DOJ Announces Real Estate Investor’s Guilty Plea to Foreclosure Bid Rigging and Fraud Conspiracies

On April 2, the DOJ announced a guilty plea by a Northern California real estate investor to charges of bid rigging and fraud conspiracy at foreclosure auctions in violation of the Sherman Act. The charges are the outcome of...more

Russia Amends Criminal Code on Antitrust Violations

Russia has amended its criminal code on cartels, signaling a major change in antitrust law enforcement. On March 8, 2015, President Vladimir Putin signed a Federal Law “introducing changes to Article 178 of the Criminal Code...more

Charity Hospital’s Antitrust Case Uncharitably Dismissed

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed antitrust claims by a charity hospital that alleged two medical centers colluded to squeeze the hospital out of the market for cardiac services. ...more

In re Nexium: The heartburn drug case that may cause heartburn

In a November 30, 2013 post, we wrote about the District of Massachusetts' class certification decision in the antitrust case, In re Nexium. There, the district court certified a class of consumers and other payors who...more

Motion to Dismiss Denied in FX Rigging Case

A federal judge in New York on Wednesday allowed a consolidated class action by U.S.-based investors concerning the rigging of the foreign exchange (FX) market to move forward. In denying a motion to dismiss, U.S. District...more

Preserving Pedigree: The Fifth Circuit Reverses Lower Court's Finding of Antitrust Conspiracy Involving Quarter Horse Association...

In a closely watched case out of a Texas federal court, the Fifth Circuit recently reversed the district court and found that the evidence was insufficient to show that the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) unlawfully...more

When can an organization conspire with itself?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last week reversed a jury verdict and rendered judgment for American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in a much-contested antitrust case about AQHA’s ban of cloned horses. The...more

Tech Companies Reach New Settlement in Anti-Poaching Cases

This blog has previously reported on the anti-poaching cases involving various tech companies in Silicon Valley.  The cases arise out of alleged agreements between various tech companies not to recruit each other’s...more

Global Cartel Enforcement - 2014 Year In Review

To name only a few, the U.S. faced challenges over the extent of its jurisdictional reach; China was criticised for questionable investigative practices and allegedly protectionist use of its antitrust powers; and Japan faced...more

Goliath Defeats David in Ohio Hospital Suit

On Monday the court unsealed its October 20 decision handing Premier summary judgment. Tiny Medical Center at Elizabeth Park (MCEP) had sued the Premier hospitals, alleging they had engaged in an antitrust conspiracy to keep...more

The European Court of Justice Caps Liability for Acquired Companies’ Cartel Infringements

The ruling caps fines on companies with historic cartel exposure that are acquired by large companies and increases predictability of future antitrust exposure stemming from pre-acquisition conduct. On 4 September...more

Criminal Antitrust Fines: Trends and Recent Developments

Over the past ten years, criminal antitrust fines have increased dramatically: they totaled only $107 million in fiscal year (“FY”) 2003, but increased to a high of $1.14 billion in FY-2012 and remained relatively steady at...more

EDVA Dismisses "Standards Conspiracy" Suit

Companies and trade associations involved in setting industry standards should take note of a recent decision out of the Eastern District of Virginia this month. ...more

Auto Parts Investigations Require Effective Antitrust Compliance Programs to Limit the On-going Risk

Steady as clockwork, auto parts investigations around the globe are continuing. These investigations have exposed wide-ranging price fixing conspiracies. Prosecutors rely on well-organized global enforcement cooperation,...more

Buzzsaw or SawStop: Are You Prepared to Avoid Antitrust Liability in the Product Safety Arena?

In most respects, trade associations are pro-competitive organizations: they join together competitors to advance worthwhile goals and to learn from one another. Their societal value is why they are recognized as non-profits....more

Spotlight on Antitrust: Asia Edition

In this issue: - The U.S. DOJ Secures Two Extraditions of Foreign Nationals on Antitrust Charges: Who Is Next? - U.S. Circuit Courts Limit Reach of Sherman Act Against Asian Cartel - Mark Rosman, Partner...more

EU’s Top Court Rules Cartel Victims Can Claim Damages From Cartelists Despite No Contractual Link

In a landmark ruling, the EU’s top court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Kone and Others C-557/12 of 5 June 2014, has held that, where a cartel causes competing companies to increase their prices, the members of the...more

“Plausibility” and the Non-Conspiracy Elements of Antitrust Claims

In Bell Atlantic Co. v. Twombly, the Supreme Court injected a “plausibility” standard into Rule 12(b)(6) for claims asserting an alleged antitrust conspiracy. Since then, lower courts, scholars, and practitioners have written...more

Record-Breaking Fines in the Largest Ever Antitrust Investigation

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division obtained even more record-breaking fines in its ongoing antitrust investigation of the automobile parts industry. The investigation, which began in 2011, has...more

Takeaways From Government Victories In Recent Antitrust Merger Trials

Recent government victories in the antitrust challenges to the consummated mergers of Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews and St. Luke’s/Saltzer are the latest in a string of trial successes by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the...more

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