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Gauri Prakash-Canjels, Ph.D. Has Joined Litigation Economics

Gauri Prakash-Canjels, Ph.D. Has Joined Litigation Economics

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Gauri Prakash-Canjels, Ph.D. has joined Litigation Economics, LLC as a principal in its Washington, DC office.

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No-Poach, No-Solicit Provisions of Corporate Agreements Now Face Criminal Prosecution

No-Poach, No-Solicit Provisions of Corporate Agreements Now Face Criminal Prosecution

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A nearly ubiquitous element of corporate conduct, thought to be legal and competitively harmless, now faces the prospect of criminal prosecution by the U.S. Department. of Justice, according to Locke Lord.

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No-Poach Agreements Targeted by Plaintiffs, Enforcement Agencies and Senators

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Agreements among companies to not hire each other’s workers are more risky than ever, warns Pepper Hamilton LLP in a post on its website.

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AT&T Wants to Buy Time Warner To ‘Weaponize’ Its Content, Government Says in Antitrust Trial

AT&T Wants to Buy Time Warner To ‘Weaponize’ Its Content, Government Says in Antitrust Trial

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In opening arguments, Justice Department lawyer Craig Conrath said AT&T could use Time Warner’s content as a weapon against competitors that rely on the programming.

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Antitrust Litigation: How an Amicus Brief Can Win an Appeal

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A group of 36 economists affiliated with top universities across the country filed an amicus brief explaining that the lower court used a faulty economic theory when it ruled against the FTC.

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DOJ Warns of Criminal Actions Against Companies with Agreements Not to Poach Competitors’ Employees

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Any violative anti-poaching policies after October 2016 expose employers to criminal punishment, warn three Seyfarth Shaw lawyers writing for Bloomberg.

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Qualcomm Just Got Fined $1.23 Billion for Illegal Payments to Apple

Qualcomm Just Got Fined $1.23 Billion for Illegal Payments to Apple

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The European Commission found that Qualcomm effectively shut down competition in the market, no matter how good competitors’ products were, reports Fortune.

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AT&T Counsel, an Ex-Trump Attorney, Calls DOJ’s Suit on Time Warner Deal ‘Fake Antitrust’

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“There is no credible evidence” that AT&T’s proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of media powerhouse Time Warner poses any threat to industry competition or consumer prices, AT&T attorney Dan Petrocelli told CNBC.

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U.S. States Allege Broad Generic Drug Price-Fixing Collusion

U.S. States Allege Broad Generic Drug Price-Fixing Collusion

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The states said the drugmakers and executives divided customers for their drugs among themselves, according to Reuters.

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Intel Scores Victory (For Now) In Fight Against $1.3 Billion Fine

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Fortune reports that Intel has won a victory of sorts in its long-running fight against a €1.06 billion ($1.26 billion) antitrust fine that was levied against it by the European Commission eight years ago.

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Former FTC Chairman Timothy J. Muris Joins Sidley in Washington, D.C.

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Former FTC chairman Timothy J. Muris has joined Sidley Austin LLP as senior counsel in the firm’s Antitrust/Competition practice.

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Antitrust Lawyers Leiv Blad and Zarema Jaramillo Join Lowenstein in D.C. Office

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Lowenstein Sandler LLP announced that Leiv Blad has joined the firm as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s antitrust practice in Washington, D.C. Blad joins with Zarema Jaramillo, who becomes senior counsel in the firm’s antitrust practice.

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How a Typical Tolling Agreement Cost Duke Energy Corporation $600,000

How a Typical  Tolling Agreement Cost Duke Energy Corporation $600,000

Insight
A court recent ruled that a tolling agreement, when entered into between companies that intended to merge, violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, leading to the imposition of significant financial penalties against the buyer, according to Hogan Lovells.

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Judge Blocks $54 Billion Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger

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A federal judge blocked the $54 billion merger between health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, saying the deal would increase prices and reduce competition, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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Event – A Wake-Up Call: Antitrust Compliance in the U.S.

Event – A Wake-Up Call: Antitrust Compliance in the U.S.

Event, Jan. 19, NYC
Bloomberg BNA will present a complimentary event to discuss the widespread corporate apathy towards antitrust risks – and why the business community needs a collective wake-up call.

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Lex Machina Expands Legal Analytics Platform to Cover Antitrust Litigation

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The new module enables attorneys to make data-driven decisions about federal antitrust case strategies and tactics and gives lawyers a competitive advantage in antitrust litigation

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U.S. Sues to Block Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana Mergers

U.S. Sues to Block Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana Mergers

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said the proposed mergers “would leave much of the multitrillion-dollar health insurance industry in the hands of three mammoth insurance companies,” reports The New York Times.

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Governance Challenges 2016: M&A Oversight

Governance Challenges 2016: M&A Oversight

White Paper
The NACD report addresses the importance of early board engagement in strategy, the need for proactive dialogue with all key stakeholders, and the imperative to balance short-term and long-term goals throughout the M&A process.

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Reverse Break-Up Fees and Specific Performance: A Survey of Remedies

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Thomson Reuters is offering a complimentary copy of the 2016 edition of Practical Law’s study, Reverse Break-Up Fees and Specific Performance: A Survey of Remedies for Financing and Antitrust Failure.

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When Customer Supply Contracts Lead to Trouble

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Melanie A. Hallas of McDermott Will & Emery writes that a recent consent order shows that exclusivity terms that arguably have the effect of harming competition may raise antitrust concerns.

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