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6th Circuit Allows Amended Complaint Against Developer for Telecommunications Services Tying Claim

by Mintz Levin on

Residents of a small Nashville suburb, Thompson’s Station, were given a second opportunity to litigate their antitrust actions against local developer Carbine & Associates, LLC (“Carbine”), Crystal Clear Communications...more

Recent Developments in Antitrust Scrutiny of Healthcare-Provider Transactions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the trend of acquisitions of physician practices and mergers of hospitals continues, so does antitrust scrutiny of these deals. There was activity this week in three different proposed transactions that caught the...more

Pharma Distributors Trade Association Sued for Conspiracy to Exclude Competition for its Track and Trace Software

On October 23, 2017, a company that developed software to track and trace pharmaceuticals filed a complaint against a pharmaceutical distributors trade association that currently dominates the market for such software,...more

Developments in Antitrust Capacitor Investigation: Eighth Capacitor Manufacturer Charged

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

On October 18, 2017, a federal grand jury sitting in San Francisco indicted capacitor manufacturer Nippon Chemi-Con for participating in a multi-decade conspiracy to fix prices for electrolytic capacitors. Nippon Chemi-Con is...more

Supreme Court to Review Antitrust Suit Over AmEx Merchant Rules

by Bryan Cave on

The retail industry should have great interest in a case set to be decided the Supreme Court this term, the outcome of which will affect the terms and conditions of credit card acceptance for all merchants. The Supreme...more

Supreme Court to Take Up Rule of Reason Analysis in Two-sided Markets Antitrust Case

by Bryan Cave on

On Monday, October 17, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the Second Circuit’s decision in Ohio v. American Express, suggesting that the Court may be ready to shed additional light on the “rule of reason” test...more

Food For Thought: Liability-Only Class Certification Denied For Claims That “No Sugar Added” Juice Labels Misled Consumers Into...

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff’s putative class action alleged that defendant Mott’s violated FDA regulations and California’s Sherman Law and Unfair Competition Law when it labeled and sold its 100 percent apple juice with the label “No Sugar...more

Antitrust Claims Against Telescope Manufacturer Ningbo Sunny Dismissed and Shot into Space

On September 28, 2017, Judge Edward Davila dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by Optronic Technologies, Inc. (dba Orion) against Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd., Sunny Optics, Inc. and Meade Instruments Corp. The case...more

Are Restaurant No-Tipping Policies the Product of an Antitrust Conspiracy?

In July of 2013, Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, tweeted that he was considering eliminating tipping at his restaurants and solicited the opinion of other restaurant owners. Meyer and others...more

THE LATEST: DOJ’s Packaged Seafood Probe Yields Conditional Leniency Applicant

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Monday, September 11, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, the US subsidiary of Thai Union Group, announced it blew the whistle on competitors in the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation of the packaged seafood industry. The...more

Developments in Association Law, 2016 – 2017

There have been important legal developments at the federal and state levels for nonprofit organizations. - Takeaways - Nonprofits continue to experience Federal government and private litigant antitrust enforcement....more

Federal Judge Declares the Rule of Reason Will Apply in Criminal Antitrust Case and Dismisses the Case as Barred Under the Statute...

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 28, a Utah federal judge held in United States v. Kemp & Associates, et al. that he will apply the rule of reason standard in a criminal prosecution against an heir-locator company for allegedly colluding with its...more

Washington State AG Alleges Price Fixing and Sues to Break Up Rapidly Expanding Health System

by Mintz Levin on

After five years of growth through a series of acquisitions, the Washington State Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit to thwart and unwind the most recent expansion efforts of Franciscan Health System (“CHI Franciscan”)...more

Gig Employers, Arbitration Agreements, and the Power of the “Click”

by Fisher Phillips on

How important is your businesses’ terms of service (TOS) agreement, usually presented to users of your business model through a process requiring them to click “I agree” before they can access your platform? A recent case...more

DOJ Prosecution of Heir Location Service Providers Dismissed on Statute of Limitations Grounds

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division’s criminal case against an heir location service provider collapsed when the US District Court for the District of Utah ruled that the government’s Sherman Act § 1 case...more

Specialty Pharmacy's Antitrust Claim against Humana Fails

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On August 9, District Judge Susan Wigenton (D. NJ) issued a ruling in Prime Aid Pharmacy v. Humana, Civ. No. 16-2104, granting Humana's motion to dismiss the plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint, finding that the plaintiff...more

D.C. Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Third-Party Presidential Candidates’ Antitrust Claims

On August 29, 2017, the D.C. Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision dismissing a suit filed by 2012 third-party presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, their running mates, their campaigns, and the...more

Third Circuit Holds No Sham Litigation or Unlawful Reverse Payment in Wellbutrin XL Litigation

The Third Circuit recently affirmed the grant of summary judgment to GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) in the nearly 10-year-old Wellbutrin XL Antitrust Litigation, which challenged the lawfulness of settlement agreements resolving...more

THE LATEST: Another E-Commerce Retailer Pleads Guilty in DOJ Investigation of Online Promotional Products Industry

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On August 14, 2017, we reported on an online retailer’s guilty plea for conspiring to fix the prices of “customized promotional products” such as silicone wristbands and lanyards, and the ongoing US Department of Justice...more

The Eighth Circuit Reignites Claims of Continuing Conduct in Propane Tank Conspiracy

A split Eighth Circuit recently reversed a prior panel ruling and reignited antitrust claims against distributors of pre-filled propane tanks. The 5-4 majority cited the 1997 Supreme Court decision Klehr v. A.O. Smith Corp....more

DOJ Slaps Wristband Maker With Price-Fixing Fine

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that Zaappaaz Inc., a Texas-based online retailer of customizable promotional products, and the company’s president, Azim Makanojiya, have agreed to plead guilty to conspiring...more

District Court Finds Hospital’s Joint Venture Not “Per Se” Unlawful

On the eve of trial, and after years of litigation (including an appeal to the Sixth Circuit), all claims by Dayton, Ohio hospital The Medical Center at Elizabeth Place (“MCEP”) against Premier Health Partners (“Premier”)...more

THE LATEST: Online Retailer Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy Effectuated Through Social Media

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Azim Makanojiya founded Zaappaaz Inc. as a nineteen-year-old university student and quickly turned it into a multi-million dollar business....more

THE LATEST: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Antitrust Counterclaim against Labor Union Clarifying Scope of Noerr-Pennington...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 24, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an antitrust counterclaim brought by ICTSI Oregon, Inc. (ICTSI), the operator of a marine shipping facility, against the International...more

Eighth Circuit Applies Continuing Violation Doctrine to Extend Statute of Limitations for Sherman Act Claims

Recently in In re Pre-Filled Propane Tank Antitrust Litigation, an en banc panel of the Eighth Circuit clarified the application of the continuing violation exception to the statute of limitations for claims under the Sherman...more

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