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Judge throws out cigarillo verdict for fraud on court

Judge throws out cigarillo verdict for fraud on court

GCR USA - 23 August 2019

A federal judge has thrown out a $44 million antitrust judgment against cigar maker Swisher after an indictment was unsealed in which an executive at the plaintiff company admitted it had fraudulently avoided excise taxes.

Eleventh Circuit denies state-action immunity for utility tying

Eleventh Circuit denies state-action immunity for utility tying

GCR USA - 22 August 2019

A Georgia city does not have state-action immunity for conditioning water service outside the city limits on use of natural gas, a federal appeals court has affirmed.

DOJ challenges Sabre’s acquisition of a “disruptive competitor”

DOJ challenges Sabre’s acquisition of a “disruptive competitor”

GCR USA - 21 August 2019

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division has sued to block Sabre’s purchase of a rival travel technology company.

DC Circuit denies class status in rail surcharge litigation

DC Circuit denies class status in rail surcharge litigation

GCR USA - 20 August 2019

A federal appellate court has affirmed the denial of class certification in the long-running Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge antitrust litigation, agreeing that the plaintiffs’ model to show class-wide damages was flawed.

Ninth Circuit questions its place in patent ping-pong

Ninth Circuit questions its place in patent ping-pong

GCR USA - 19 August 2019

Two federal appellate judges have suggested that before they rule on a Walker Process case, it would be better to wait to see if the Supreme Court will decide which court has jurisdiction over claims that fraudulently acquiring a patent violates antitrust law.

States cue arguments against DOJ settlement

States cue arguments against DOJ settlement

GCR USA - 16 August 2019

The Department of Justice’s T-Mobile/Sprint settlement does not fix the competitive harm caused by the deal, a coalition of states challenging the merger has argued.

Shearman, Jones Day steer Viacom/CBS reunion

Shearman, Jones Day steer Viacom/CBS reunion

GCR USA - 15 August 2019

Viacom and CBS have tapped Shearman & Sterling and Jones Day, respectively, to handle antitrust matters for the media companies’ proposed re-combination.

Ninth Circuit revives class action against NFL, DirecTV

Ninth Circuit revives class action against NFL, DirecTV

GCR USA - 14 August 2019

A federal appellate court has reversed the dismissal of a class action alleging the National Football League and DirecTV illegally conspired to monopolise game broadcasts.

Delrahim acknowledges Congress may act in absence of decrees

Delrahim acknowledges Congress may act in absence of decrees

GCR USA - 14 August 2019

The head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has expressed openness to ending the agency’s consent decrees with music performing rights organisations, even as executives from those companies say they fear Congress will step into the gap.

Judge leans toward max fine despite StarKist’s objections

Judge leans toward max fine despite StarKist’s objections

GCR USA - 13 August 2019

A California federal judge has told StarKist he is inclined to impose the maximum fine the company had agreed in a price-fixing plea, despite the canned tuna producer’s claim that it can afford to pay only half that amount.