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International Cartel Sales to Global Supply Chains Raise U.S. Antitrust Issues

In a widely awaited opinion, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has issued an opinion which affects the scope of government enforcement actions and which purchasers may pursue private civil treble damage...more

Motorola’s FTAIA Quest Ends With a Whimper in the Seventh Circuit

On November 26, 2014, the Seventh Circuit (Posner, J.) issued its order upon rehearing of Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp. (Case No. 14-8003). Motorola still effectively lost the appeal, but the Court’s more...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of 99% of Motorola’s Claims in LCD Case Based on Motorola’s Lack of Standing

On the day before Thanksgiving—less than two weeks after oral argument—the Seventh Circuit issued its ruling on Motorola’s interlocutory appeal in Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., affirming dismissal of the vast...more

Summary Judgment Affirmed by Sixth Circuit in Broker Commission Price-Fixing Litigation

On November 13, 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of price-fixing claims against two home brokerage service firms in Kentucky, McMahon Co. and HomeService of America, Inc. Hyland, et al. v....more

DOJ Criminal Cartel Enforcement: Six-Month Summary

This is the first in what we expect to be a series of updates on DOJ criminal actions in the cartel area. Here, we look at highlights over the last six months in the DOJ’s investigations of the auto parts industry, LIBOR, and...more

Protection Against Foreign Anticompetitive Practices Affecting U.S. Activities

Antitrust laws, like the Sherman Act, protect American markets from anticompetitive practices. But, under the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), American antitrust laws only reach foreign conduct in specific...more

Pursuit of a “Smoking Gun” May Be a Recipe for Disaster

In the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly recently held that plaintiffs alleging price-fixing in the text messaging market were not entitled to an adverse inference after...more

Milk Processors Soured After Federal District Court Rules They Must Face Monopsonization Claims at Trial

Nearly five years into a wide-ranging monopsonization suit accusing milk processors of conspiring to depress and fix the prices paid to independent and cooperative milk suppliers, Judge Christina Reiss of the District of...more

2nd Circuit Decision in Lotes Clarifies FTAIA’s Effect on the Extraterritorial Reach of the Sherman Act, But Leaves Unresolved the...

Long-simmering issues concerning the applicability of the Sherman Act to foreign conduct under the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, 15 U.S.C. § 6a (FTAIA), were addressed in the June 4, 2014 decision of the 2nd U.S....more

Fear and Trebling: E-Book Class Action Takes a(nother) Bite out of Apple

The legal drama continues for Apple, Inc., as the tech giant recently suffered another in a string of significant legal setbacks in the e-book antitrust saga in the Southern District of New York. Last month, Judge Denise...more

Motorola Loses Antitrust Claims Based on Foreign Purchases

In a landmark decision in the long-running TFT-LCD price-fixing litigation, an Illinois federal court last week dismissed more than $3 billion worth of damages claims by cell phone maker Motorola Mobility, Inc. ...more

Top tips for purchasing professionals on spotting possible vendor collusion

This year promises to be another in which corporate purchasing departments work hard to keep costs down while vendors try to increase their margins. In this marketplace tug of war, vendors will occasionally engage in a little...more

US China Trade War–Developments Trade, Customs, Patents, US/China Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, Customs fraud, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. I have just returned from a trip of more than 2 weeks in China. While in China, we discussed US...more

Criminal Agreements In Antitrust Prosecutions: Through A Looking Glass

From a criminal defendant’s perspective, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland makes an apt point of reference in assessing the law of conspiracy in criminal antitrust cases....more

Criminal Antitrust Fines Top USD1 Billion Mark Again In 2013

The Antitrust Division obtained more than USD1.02bn in criminal fines in fiscal year 2013 (October 2012 – September 2013), which officially closed yesterday. Fiscal year 2013 marks the second year in a row that the Division...more

Court Finds That Apple’s E-Book Market Entry Plan Violates The Sherman Act

After a three-week bench trial, the court has ruled that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act....more

The Apple Decision: Lessons Taken

On July 10, 2013, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Apple Inc. committed a per se illegal violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act when it instigated and...more

A Book on Books: SDNY Issues 160-Page Opinion Declaring that Apple Violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by Conspiring to Raise...

On July 10, 2013, 15 months after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its suit against Apple Inc. (Apple) and five major publishers for allegedly conspiring to raise e-book prices and end e-book retailers’ freedom to...more

Criminal Antitrust Update - April 2013

INDUSTRY SCORECARD - E-books: Macmillan has become the latest and final major e-book publisher to resolve price-fixing allegations by the DOJ Antitrust Division (the “Division”)...more

Through a Glass Darkly: A U Optronics and the Extraterritorial Application of the Sherman Act

Can price-fixing abroad be prosecuted criminally under the U.S. Sherman Act? The antitrust bar might well raise an eyebrow at the question. Since international cartels became a focus of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust...more

Another Court Holds Daubert Analysis Required When Critical to Class Certification

With a split among the Circuits, no authoritative decision from the Third Circuit, and certiorari already granted by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue, another district court has concluded that a thorough Daubert analysis...more

Latest LCD Criminal Conviction - Stephen Leung Of AUO Convicted On Retrial

After a 3-week trial and less than 24 hours of deliberation, a federal jury in San Francisco convicted Mr. Stephen Leung of AUO of one felony count of price-fixing in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act. He was charged...more

Lonely Conspirators: Antitrust Liability When Nobody Joins Your Conspiracy

The worst antitrust offenses involve conspiracies involving multiple actors. Hard-core offenses under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, such as price-fixing, market division, customer allocation, or bid-rigging, require...more

DOJ Verdict In Liquid Crystal Display Price Fixing Case Shows Juries Get It

Earlier this week, after an eight week trial, a jury in San Francisco convicted AU Optronics Corporation (“AUO”), a Taiwanese corporation, its U.S. subsidiary, AU Optronics Corporation of America (“AUOA”), and two of their...more

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