US: 9th Circ. Affirms Samsung antitrust win

US: 9th Circ. Affirms Samsung antitrust win

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rejected a bid by alleged patent troll Cascades Computer Innovation to revive an antitrust lawsuit claiming that Samsung, patent aggregator RPX and others used their monopsony power over Cascades’ patent rights. In an opinion, a unanimous three-judge panel agreed with the lower court’s finding that […]

US: Broadway takes legal action against casting directors cartel

US: Broadway takes legal action against casting directors cartel

The League, which represents commercial theatre producers and owners, filed a lawsuit accusing casting directors of forming a cartel to eliminate price competition between their companies. The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York December 5 from the League’s attorneys at Proskauer Rose, lists seven prominent casting companies […]

US: Apple-Qualcomm US$1b lawsuit dismissed

US: Apple-Qualcomm US$1b lawsuit dismissed

Qualcomm and Apple’s US$1 billion battle has ended in a mixed ruling, with a US judge granting Qualcomm’s motion to dismiss, but granted Apple’s motion to dismiss counterclaims of unfair competition. In January, Apple sued Qualcomm in the US District Court for the Southern District of California for unfairly insisting on charging royalties for “technologies […]

US: No-poaching UNC-Duke suit settled

US: No-poaching UNC-Duke suit settled

A judge has granted preliminary approval for the University of North Carolina (UNC) to settle a lawsuit over allegations that a no-hire agreement between the university and Duke University violated antitrust laws. The lawsuit was filed in 2015 on behalf of Danielle Seaman, who was an assistant professor of radiology at Duke, who says she […]

US: Gov lawyers ask judge to toss lawsuit over Trump’s businesses

US: Gov lawyers ask judge to toss lawsuit over Trump’s businesses

Government attorneys on Wednesday, October 18, asked a New York federal judge to throw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution every time a foreign government patronizes a Trump property. The government attorneys were responding to a lawsuit filed this year by representatives of hotels and restaurants who say they have […]

US: Appeals court affirms ruling for DuPont in price-fixing suit

US: Appeals court affirms ruling for DuPont in price-fixing suit

This week a federal appeals court affirmed a judge’s ruling in favor of chemical company DuPont in a lawsuit alleging price-fixing involving a widely used industrial pigment. The Third Circuit court panel on Monday, October 2, upheld a Delaware judge’s decision last year granting summary judgment to DuPont in a lawsuit brought by the Valspar […]

US: Judge dismisses companies’ attempts to dodge tuna suit

US: Judge dismisses companies’ attempts to dodge tuna suit

Multidistrict litigation alleging a widespread tuna price-fixing conspiracy will press on after a California federal judge largely rejected StarKist and other companies’ attempts to toss claims that the alleged conspiracy dated back more than a decade. US District Judge Janis L. Sammartino last week mostly denied motions to dismiss from multiple seafood company defendants including […]

US: Shire sues Allergan for hindering competition

US: Shire sues Allergan for hindering competition

Shire filed an antitrust suit against Allergan, alleging Allergan’s contracts with Medicare Part D drug plans for its Restasis eye drops effectively blocked access to Shire’s rival drug. The complaint, filed Monday, October 2, in federal court in Trenton, NJ, says Shire offered steep discounts in bids to secure insurance coverage of the company’s dry-eye […]

US: Landmark theaters hit with antitrust lawsuit again

US: Landmark theaters hit with antitrust lawsuit again

Mark Cuban-owned Landmark Theatres is being accused of “hypocritical” conduct in an antitrust lawsuit filed on Wednesday, September 27, by a group of independent community movie theaters who complain about being deprived of art films. The lawsuit, filed in DC federal court, alleges that Landmark is coercing agreements from film distributors. With operations in 22 […]

US: DoJ files antitrust lawsuit against Parker-Hannifin takeover

US: DoJ files antitrust lawsuit against Parker-Hannifin takeover

The US Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit challenging Parker-Hannifin’s deal to buy Clarcor a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. The government sued in Delaware federal court over the transaction, announced in late 2016 and closed at the end of February, saying that the deal would lead to higher prices by […]

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