Antitrust

  • Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.30.15

    * The National Association for Law Placement released slightly improved jobs numbers for the law school class of 2014, so yay? [National Law Journal]

    * The battle royale that pits local musicians versus Biglaw heavyweight Skadden continues to rage on. [Washington Post]

    * Guess what? Prosecutors don’t like the Second Circuit’s higher threshold for insider trading cases and now they’d like the Supreme Court to do something about it. [Wall Street Journal]

    * A group of merchants including Amazon, Wal-Mart and Starbucks want the $7 billion settlement negotiated over interchange fees with Visa, Mastercard and American Express in an antitrust case vacated due to attorney Gary Friedman’s alleged misconduct. [Law360]

    * Don’t cha love it when media scandals become real life litigation? All your deflategate legal questions answered. [Stradley Law]

    16 Comments / / Jul 31, 2015 at 8:53 AM
  • '[W]hen you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.'

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.15.15

    * After closing arguments in the Dark Knight movie massacre trial, the case against accused shooter James Holmes now goes to a jury. He’s facing 165 criminal charges, and if found guilty, he may be sentenced to death. [NBC News]

    * A federal magistrate judge ordered the NCAA to pay almost $46 million in legal fees and costs to lawyers representing student-athletes in their antitrust suit against the organization, and he even likened the case to Game of Thrones in his decision. This is a monumental win. [Reuters]

    * Last night, SCOTUS denied a stay of execution for Mississippi death row inmate David Zink, even though his lawyers cited Justice Breyer’s recent death penalty dissent in Glossip with high hopes that the Court would act in their client’s favor. [National Law Journal]

    * For your information, the gender gap in the legal profession extends far beyond pay and partnership prospects. According to a recent study by the American Bar Association, about two-thirds of all attorneys who appeared in federal civil trials were men [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Going to law school in an underserved community that isn’t overflowing with lawyers is great for résumés, because the University of New Mexico School of Law is seriously bucking the trend of its students having difficulty finding jobs after graduation. [KOB 4]

    6 Comments / / Jul 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.06.15

    * Is Apple Music an antitrust violation, a second-rate streaming music provider, or both. Probably both. [Dorf on Law]

    * Former Goldman employee Sergey Aleynikov acquitted… again. Who would have thought Cyrus Vance’s trumped up show trial would fail so thoroughly? [Dealbreaker]

    * Landmark cases reimagined as movie posters. [Res Ipsa Law Poster]

    * If you missed it, here’s the New York Times Editorial about the “Activist Roberts Court” that everyone was talking about over the weekend. [New York Times]

    * In her defense, Sarah Palin may not be the dumbest person from Wasilla. [Legal Juice]

    * In the wake of Obergefell, will some holdout religious schools lose their tax-exempt status? [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Susman Godfrey’s Steve Susman chats with Richard Hsu about distance cycling. [Hsu Untied]

    25 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 5:13 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.02.15

    * The Department of Justice has launched an antitrust investigation looking at potential price collusion between major airlines. The airline industry doing something to make customers’ lives difficult? Surely you jest. [Associated Press]

    * Loretta Lynch went back to her hometown of Durham, North Carolina yesterday and held a roundtable on civil rights. She called particular attention to the recent violence at historically black churches “whether they are burned or through bullets.” [WNCN]

    * J. Michael Farren, a White House attorney under George W. Bush, was disbarred in the District of Columbia. He was convicted of attempted murder for beating his wife, a former Skadden attorney, and sentenced to 15 years in jail. [National Law Journal]

    * Is there a gender bias in job descriptions? And if there is, what should be done about it? [American Lawyer]

    * Biglaw is making big bucks, but only giving small amounts to pro bono efforts. [ABA Journal]

    * An Ohio courthouse was evacuated Tuesday after a woman brought a bottle of perfume, shaped like a grenade to the court. I guess you can’t be too careful. [Huffington Post]

    21 Comments / / Jul 2, 2015 at 8:59 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.21.15

    * Loretta Lynch might actually get confirmed, you guys! Senate Republicans have agreed to a bipartisan deal on human trafficking legislation which should end the Lynch logjam. America in 2015, “human trafficking bad” now requires months of negotiation. [CNN]

    * Our old friend Professor Michael Simkovic is back and defending the decision to go to law school based on part-time job numbers because, hey, that’s how the Bureau of Labor measures unemployment so it must be the same for judging employment for struggling J.D.s. Professor Bernie Burk gives a thorough, thoughtful, and respectful retort. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Meanwhile, failing to learn the lesson of America, students seeking law degrees skyrocket in the UK. Thomas Cooley considers Norfolk campus. [Legal Cheek]

    * The property law of Downton Abbey. It teaches the most important lesson of property — historically it’s really, really good to be a wealthy white guy. [Vanderbilt Law Review]

    * Digging into a less heralded subsidiary argument in the marriage equality cases: the “proceed with caution” rhetoric intended to push the issue to the backburner. [NYU Law Review]

    * On that note, same-sex marriage kills babies!!! Well, no, not really. But that is the argument one former Scalia clerk is making for some reason. [Dorf on Law]

    * Looks like Europe is going to hit Putin where it hurts… an antitrust courtroom. That’ll learn him! [New York Times]

    18 Comments / / Apr 21, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • credit cards

    Finance

    Commonly Held Beliefs About Antitrust in America Are False

    On February 18, 2015, American Express lost its court battle with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division over the card’s Non-Discrimination Provisions (“NDPs”), which prohibited merchants from steering customers to another network’s cards.

    / Mar 12, 2015 at 2:46 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.06.15

    * Per a recent Super Lawyers survey, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the Supreme Court justice with whom the nation’s top lawyers would most like to share a lunch date. Come on, admit it: you just want to get wasted with the Notorious R.B.G. [TIME]

    * Perhaps in anticipation of a SCOTUS ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, states across the country are dreaming up legislation that would allow businesses to refuse service to gay couples. Man, we’re such jerks. [New York Times]

    * Taking over China with its Dacheng merger wasn’t enough for Dentons, and what’s now the largest firm in the world by attorney headcount still wants to conquer the United States. Dentons is trying to woo McKenna Long & Aldridge, again. [Am Law Daily]

    * Dewey know which firm’s ex-COO is denying knowledge of any financial funny business? Defense lawyers for D&L’s former top brass are now relying on his statements that staffers may have been inept, but surely weren’t doing anything illegal. [New York Law Journal]

    * Remember that BARBRI antitrust class-action settlement that was reached almost a decade ago? The lawyers and law firms involved are still fighting over legal fees in the case, namely how many millions they think they ought to receive. [National Law Journal]

    38 Comments / / Mar 6, 2015 at 9:06 AM
  • legalzoom

    Legal Ethics, Technology

    What Lawyers Must Learn From Dentists About The Unauthorized Practice Of Law

    Alternative legal service providers, don’t say that Anthony Kennedy never did anything for you.

    29 Comments / / Mar 2, 2015 at 2:31 PM
  • American Express Logo

    Antitrust

    Judge Rules It’s Okay To Leave Home Without American Express​

    American Express is not the boss of your store anymore.

    0 Comments / / Feb 20, 2015 at 3:29 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.15.14

    * Thanks to a former Skadden attorney’s failed attempt to kill himself, police were able to retrieve a suicide note — entitled “A Sad Ending to My Life” — that revealed the lawyer’s $5M Ponzi scheme. We may have more on this later. [Am Law Daily]

    * “I’m not one who believes there are too many lawyers in the country,” says Dean Thomas Guernsey of Thomas Jefferson Law. Conveniently, only 29% of TJSL’s ’13 grads are working in full-time, long-term jobs as lawyers. Kudos! [U-T San Diego]

    * The government just paid the least amount of money to legal services contractors since 2008. As far as Biglaw firms are concerned, Curtis Mallet-Prevost posted “significant losses,” receiving $2M less than it did in 2013. [National Law Journal]

    * Because not everyone wears gas masks, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to keep police from using tear gas on peaceful protestors in Ferguson without first issuing “clear and unambiguous warnings.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Ladies and gentlemen, this is the main event of the evening! IT’S TIME! FIGHTING out of the blue corner, angry UFC combatants who are planning to use “renowned” antitrust firms to secure “hundreds of millions of dollars”! [Bloody Elbow / SB Nation]

    16 Comments / / Dec 15, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • moot court

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.24.14

    * 2014 Moot Court rankings. Florida Coastal? Really? Good for them. [The National Jurist]

    * Young lawyers are making legal mobile apps. Great, now I’m going to start getting notifications about helping friends out with their LawVille game. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Judge sends motivational tweet, no big deal. No judge sends motivational tweet DURING A MURDER TRIAL, now there’s something! [Legal Cheek]

    * A number of law professors filed a brief supporting the NCAA in the Ed O’Bannon antitrust appeal. What do you know, there’s actually someone out there supporting the NCAA. [CBS Sports]

    * Cooley LLP is representing Immigration Judge Ashley Tabaddor in an interesting lawsuit against the DOJ. Judge Tabaddor is Iranian-American, and the DOJ ordered her off all cases involving Iranians based on her heritage. That… doesn’t sound right. [Cooley LLP]

    * Ron Collins kicks off a multi-part series on Judge Richard Posner. [Concurring Opinions]

    * English was William F. Buckley’s third language? Huh. Never knew that. [What About Clients?]

    * David and Elie appeared on Power Lunch today to discuss bonus season. Video below. [CNBC]

    9 Comments / / Nov 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM
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    Antitrust, Basketball, Football, Sports

    Why The NCAA Didn’t Really Lose Yesterday

    Judge Claudia Wilken’s decision ripped the NCAA but didn’t offer much to the student-athletes.

    0 Comments / / Aug 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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    11th Circuit, Antitrust, China, Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.27.14

    * As I noted yesterday over at Redline, the defense in the NCAA trial is putting up some terrible witnesses. Here’s another example. The NCAA’s expert wrote a textbook. The NCAA might have wanted to check it out before bringing him on to help defend themselves IN AN ANTITRUST CASE. [Twitter / Stewart Mandel]

    * Elie and I got in a spirited discussion with Slate’s Jordan Weissmann over my edits to his piece on law schools. And it looks like some outside observers took notice. [Law and More]

    * The case for grade inflation. [The Atlantic]

    * In Wisconsin, a Scott Walker supporter allegedly voted for his boy 5 times. His defense is ripped from a Days of Our Lives script. [CBS News]

    * Our mates at Legal Cheek have the ideal follow-up to our World Cup guide: Which last 16 World Cup team is your law firm? As a QPR fan, I’ll tip my hat to their Harry Redknapp quote. [Legal Cheeks]

    * Overpreparing for a simple meeting. [What Should Law Bros Call Me]

    * An 11th Circuit PIP nightmare. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * Hong Kong lawyers protesting what they see as China meddling. Honestly can you blame China? Ever since Hong Kong let Batman just swoop in and grab that guy, you can’t really trust the Hong Kong legal system. [Reuters]

    1 Comment / / Jun 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM
  • Kodachrome_box

    Antitrust, Pornography

    On Remand: Kodak Moments In The Courtroom

    The legal travails of the once mighty photography giant.

    3 Comments / / Jun 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM
  • Roosevelt Antitrust

    Antitrust, Sports

    Antitrust You? No, No You Cannot.

    Everything you know about antitrust and sports, explained with jokes.

    3 Comments / / Jun 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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  • Word with scrabble blocks

    Antitrust, Benchslaps, Brett Kavanaugh, D.C. Circuit, Department of Justice, Laurence Silberman

    A Benchslap Postscript: Mo’ Words, Mo’ Problems

    These poor lawyers before the D.C. Circuit just can’t catch a break.

    8 Comments / / Mar 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM
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