Antitrust Law

322 ABA Journal Antitrust Law articles.

EU punishes Google with record $5.1B antitrust fine for deals requiring preinstalled apps, services

The European Union has fined Google $5.1 billion for using its market dominance to encourage device makers to preinstall its apps and services on Android phones and tablets.

The antitrust…

Justice Department will appeal decision approving AT&T-Time Warner merger

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a notice indicating it will appeal a federal judge’s decision approving the merger of media giants AT&T and Time Warner.

The notice of appeal…

NCAA transfer rules don’t violate Sherman Act, says 7th Circuit panel

A year-in-residency rule from the National Collegiate Athletic Association—which requires student athletes who transfer to Division I schools to wait a full academic year before they can play on teams—was upheld Monday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago.

Supreme Court: AmEx ban on merchant incentives for competitor cards doesn’t violate antitrust law
A provision in American Express contracts that banned merchants from steering customers to competitor credit cards with lower merchant fees did not violate antitrust law, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided.
Federal judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger, warns stay request would be unjust
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has approved AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner after concluding that the U.S. Justice Department did not prove that the $85.4 billion deal would harm consumers.
Sanctions motion argues law firm secretly recorded job interview to gain information for suit
Updated: A motion filed last Wednesday claims a law firm secretly recorded a job interview with a former employee of a litigation opponent and then used the information in the lawsuit.
Florida Bar says former president can’t represent startup in suit claiming anti-competitive conduct

The Florida Bar argues that a former bar president should be disqualified from representing a Florida startup in its antitrust suit against the bar.

The bar filed a disqualification motion…

Justice Department sues to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner; Trump tweets may factor in case

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed an antitrust suit seeking to block AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

The suit points out that AT&T’s DirecTV is the nation’s…

Ticket-fighting startup sues the Florida Bar and a law firm for alleged anti-competitive conduct
A Florida startup that matches drivers with lawyers contends in a federal lawsuit that the Florida Bar and a competitor have launched “a coordinated attack” to drive it out of business.
Newer lawyers are needed on Legal Ed council, says Young Lawyers Division recommendation
Sparked by student debt discussions and a concern that the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to Bar may be out of touch with issues recent law school graduates face, the ABA Young Lawyers Division has recommended that the council add two young attorneys who are not employed in legal education as voting members.
Paul Weiss partner expected to be chosen by Trump to lead the Federal Trade Commission

A BigLaw lawyer who formerly worked at the Federal Trade Commission will be tapped to become its chairman.

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Joseph Simons, a partner at Paul,…

California bar spins off its sections amid concerns over liquor spending, resort functions

The State Bar of California has spun off its 16 voluntary sections into a nonprofit entity, making the state bar strictly a disciplinary and regulatory agency that is mandatory for…

Minor league players lose federal antitrust appeal over low wages

A federal appeals court has tossed a suit filed by professional minor league baseball players who claimed the league illegally depressed wages in violation of antitrust law.

The San Francisco-based…

EU announces $2.7B fine against Google for favoring its shopping service in search results

The European Union has fined Google a record $2.7 billion for using its search results to promote its comparison shopping service at the top of the search screen.

EU competition…

Lex Machina adds commercial analytics
Law analytics platform Lex Machina has expanded its coverage to include commercial litigation. On Tuesday, the company announced that it has added more than 62,000 commercial cases filed since 2009, many in the realm of federal contract claims and business torts. The commercial module will allow users to forecast how much time it would take for a commercial case to be resolved, said Lex Machina general counsel Owen Byrd, as well as project the kinds of damages a user might be facing.

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