After nearly a decade of testy antitrust litigation, the NFL finds itself on the precipice of a trial that could put it on the hook for billions of dollars if a California jury finds that the league and its teams illegally colluded with DirecTV in pricing its Sunday Ticket broadcast package.
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The NFL's $6 Billion Question: Is Sunday Ticket A Racket?

By Alex Lawson

After nearly a decade of testy antitrust litigation, the NFL finds itself on the precipice of a trial that could put it on the hook for billions of dollars if a California jury finds that the league and its teams illegally colluded with DirecTV in pricing its Sunday Ticket broadcast package.

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Visa, Mastercard Consumers Ink $197.5M ATM Antitrust Deal

By Lauren Berg

A pair of Visa and Mastercard consumers asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge Wednesday to greenlight a $197.5 million class settlement that would resolve claims that the credit card companies conspired with major banks to fix ATM access fees.

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NCAA Must Face Bulk Of Student-Athlete's W.Va. Transfer Suit

By Elaine BriseƱo

A West Virginia federal judge will not allow the NCAA to escape the bulk of an antitrust lawsuit filed by a 22-year-old, ruling he sufficiently supported his claims accusing the organization of contract interference when it deemed him ineligible to play basketball after a midseason transfer. 

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PJM Watchdog Challenges FERC's Meeting Roadblock

By Jared Foretek

Monitoring Analytics, the independent market monitor for regional transmission organization PJM Interconnection, is asking the D.C. Circuit to review a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order from March allowing PJM to keep the monitor out of its liaison committee meetings.

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PBMs Urge Ohio Suit Stay For Supreme Court Ruling

By Nadia Dreid

Two pharmacy benefits managers want the Sixth Circuit to put its appeal on hold in an Ohio-led case accusing them of working together to drive up the cost of medications while the U.S. Supreme Court decides another case that also has to do with federal versus state jurisdiction.

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Google, Apple Say Nothing New To Revive Search Pact Suit

By Bryan Koenig

Google and Apple urged a California federal judge not to revive a private lawsuit accusing Google of paying Apple not to produce its own search engine, arguing the consumers have nothing new in citing months-old revelations from the Justice Department's search monopolization case against Google.

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Microsoft's Post-Merger Layoffs Cited In I-Told-You-So Appeal

By Jared Foretek

A private group of gamers is pointing to Microsoft's recent layoffs of 1,900 Activision and XBox employees as evidence of market harms stemming from Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc., as the group seeks to revive a private antitrust suit challenging the merger in the Ninth Circuit.

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MERGER REVIEW

DOJ Requests More Info On $2.2B Employee Screening Deal

By Matthew Perlman

The U.S. Department of Justice has requested more information about employment screening company First Advantage Corp.'s planned $2.2 billion purchase of rival Sterling Check Corp., extending the review period for the merger.

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Handbag Cos. Seek FTC In-House Delay For Fed. Court Row

By Bryan Koenig

Tapestry and Capri are asking the Federal Trade Commission to delay an in-house challenge to the planned $8.5 billion merger combining the parent companies of Coach and Michael Kors, arguing the FTC's separate request for a preliminary injunction in New York federal court should take precedence.

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Wachtell, Kirkland Steer $22.5B ConocoPhillips-Marathon Deal

By Al Barbarino

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz-advised ConocoPhillips has agreed to acquire Marathon Oil, represented by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in an all-stock transaction with an enterprise value of $22.5 billion, inclusive of $5.4 billion of debt, the companies said Wednesday. 

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LITIGATION

Anheuser-Busch, Tilray Fight Beer Sale Injunction Bid

By Mike Curley

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Tilray Brands Inc. want a New York federal court to deny an injunction to a distributor alleging they are interfering with its contract to exclusively export craft beers, saying the contract is unenforceable and the potential harm is only speculative.

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Meta's Policy On Threats List 'Sounds Nefarious,' Judge Says

By Dorothy Atkins

The California federal judge overseeing claims Meta blacklists certain adult performers questioned the social media giant's practice of keeping its list of dangerous organizations and individuals as a "living document" that changes constantly and isn't archived, saying the policy appears to destroy evidence and "sounds nefarious."

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Chancery Sends Momentus de-SPAC Claims Toward Trial

By Jeff Montgomery

A Delaware vice chancellor refused to dismiss any counts Wednesday in a suit filed by investors in the special purpose acquisition company that took commercial space venture Momentus Inc. public in August 2021, with the court noting that the case will be judged on plaintiff friendly entire fairness standards.

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Pool Co. Can't Avoid, Delay Paying $16M False Ad Verdict

By Hayley Fowler

A North Carolina federal judge has cleared the way for an American swimming pool parts supplier to go after a $16 million judgment from its Chinese rival for false advertising and unfair business practices following a weeklong jury trial earlier this year.

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Brief

Robinhood Reaches Deal To End 'Meme Stock' Investor Suit

By Katryna Perera

Robinhood Markets Inc. told a Florida federal judge Tuesday that it has reached a settlement with investors to resolve a suit over the trading platform's suspension of so-called meme stock purchases, saying it anticipates finalizing the deal within the next two weeks.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Interview

6 Questions For FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez

By Christopher Cole

A year after she was nominated for the Federal Communications Commission's third Democratic seat, Anna Gomez says she's steadily progressing toward goals tied to connectivity, innovation, public safety and media localism in what she calls the "best job I've had in my career."

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Benefits Trade Group Urges Changes To New York PBM Regs

By Kellie Mejdrich

A trade group representing large employers who sponsor employee benefit plans warned New York's insurance regulator that a proposal affecting pharmacy benefit managers — which act as intermediaries between pharmacies, drugmakers and insurers — will trigger litigation without changes before they're finalized to eliminate conflicts with federal benefits law.

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PEOPLE

Wilson Sonsini Adds 2 Attys In Salt Lake City From Kirkland

By James Boyle

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has continued to expand its growing, three-year-old Salt Lake City, Utah, office with the recent addition of two experienced litigators who moved their practices from Kirkland & Ellis.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Series

Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

More Law Firms Are Relocating, Signing New Leases In 2024

By Dorothy Atkins

More law firms have relocated or renewed their office leases in the first quarter of 2024 than during the same period over the last four years, continuing a post-pandemic trend that began late last year as more firms made moves, according to a recent report by real-estate services company Savills.

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Greenberg Traurig Gets 30-Year Tax Break From Saudi Arabia

By Tracey Read

Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the first law firms to get licensed as a regional headquarters, or RHQ, company in Saudi Arabia, allowing the firm to take advantage of a major tax break, the firm announced Tuesday.

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From Virtual Roots, Husch Blackwell To Grow Nashville Office

By Aebra Coe

After hiring eight attorneys based in Nashville, Tennessee, through its fully remote Link office over the past year, Husch Blackwell announced plans Wednesday to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city, to be led by intellectual property partner Tim Capria.

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Alito Won't Recuse From Jan. 6 Cases Over Flag Controversy

By Katie Buehler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from deciding cases related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol or former President Donald Trump's criminal immunity following reports that two flags used by protesters of Trump's 2020 election loss were flown outside his houses.

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NY Jury Eyes Trump Tower 'Conspiracy' As Deliberations Start

By Frank G. Runyeon, Rachel Scharf and Stewart Bishop

Jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial ended their first day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict, as the panel appeared to home in on testimony about a key 2015 meeting where the alleged scheme was hatched.

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Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Deliberations In Trump's NY Trial

By Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from the first day of deliberations Wednesday.

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Colo. Suspends Ex-Trump Atty For Aiding Ga. Election Lies

By Thy Vo

A Colorado disciplinary judge has suspended Jenna Lynn Ellis from practicing law in the state for three years over her guilty plea in a Georgia election interference case, after the former attorney and legal adviser to Donald Trump disavowed her actions in a letter that admitted, "I was wrong."

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Menendez Trial Judge Sticks With Order Barring Texts

By Carla Baranauckas

The federal judge presiding over the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez announced Wednesday that he is holding firm to his decision barring prosecutors from using text messages to bolster their claims that the New Jersey Democrat took bribes in exchange for authorizing millions of dollars in aid for Egypt.

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Wash. Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Judge

By Madison Arnold

A Washington man is charged with intimidating a judge on allegations he threatened to kill Asotin County Superior Court Judge Brooke Burns, as well as her dog, Motley, after she oversaw his guilty plea to charges alleging he made threats to shoot up an elementary school and a county fair parade.

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Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

By Jake Maher

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

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Interview

Acting Boston US Atty Says Fraud Cases Still High Priority

By Julie Manganis

Prosecuting a range of fraud cases despite finite resources will remain a priority for Massachusetts acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy as he enters his second year in the job, he told reporters on Wednesday in a question and answer session at his office.

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Whistleblower Counsel Can't Get 'Exorbitant' $11.5M Fee

By Brian Dowling

A Boston federal judge slashed an "exorbitant" $11.5 million fee request made by counsel for a False Claims Act whistleblower in a case involving lab testing company Fresenius Medical Care, hammering the attorneys for inflated hourly rates, inflated time entries and a host of questionable billing practices.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alioto Law Firm

Alston & Bird

Arnold & Porter

Ashby & Geddes

Bailey & Glasser

Baker Donelson

Barnes & Thornburg

Bass Berry

Bernstein Litowitz

Bonsignore Trial Lawyers

Bradley Arant

Bryan Cave

Buchalter APC

Clarick Gueron

Denlea & Carton

Dentons

Dewsnup King

Dorsey & Whitney

Dowd Bennett

Durrell Law Group

Farrar & Ball

Finnegan

Flannery Georgalis

Fried Frank

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Grant & Eisenhofer

Greenberg Traurig

Hagens Berman

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Husch Blackwell

Jones Day

Joseph Saveri Law Firm

Kaskela Law

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Kramer Levin

Kunzler Bean

Latham & Watkins

Law Offices of Lawrence G. Papale

Levi & Korsinsky

Lewis Gianola

Manatt Phelps

Manning Curtis

McCarter & English

Mehri & Skalet

Milberg Coleman

Mishcon de Reya

Moore Kuehn

NechelesLaw

Parsons Behle

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Quinn Emanuel

Richards Layton

Richilano Shea

Ropes & Gray

Rule Garza

Scott & Corley

Shackelford Bowen

Shumaker Loop

Sidley Austin

Skadden Arps

Spencer Fane

Squitieri & Fearon

Taft Stettinius

Veen Firm

Wachtell Lipton

Weil Gotshal

Wiley Rein

Wilkinson Stekloff

Williams & Connolly

Wilson Sonsini

Womble Bond

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA/NV

Apple Inc.

Bank of America Corp.

Brandeis University

Brigham Young University

Capri Holdings Ltd.

Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Chevron Corp.

ConocoPhillips Co.

Diamondback Energy Inc.

Express Scripts Holding Co.

First Advantage Corporation

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA

GameStop Corp.

Google LLC

Instagram Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jimmy Choo Ltd.

Kate Spade & Co.

Marathon Oil Corp.

MasterCard Inc.

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.

Microsoft Corp.

Momentus Inc.

Montana State University

Morgan Stanley

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Nestle Purina PetCare Co.

Occidental Petroleum Corp.

PJM Interconnection LLC

Pattern Energy Group LP

Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

Reddit Inc.

Robinhood Markets Inc.

Savills Inc.

States United Democracy Center

Tapestry Inc.

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The ERISA Industry Committee

Tilray Inc.

Twitter Inc.

Visa Inc.

Wells Fargo & Co.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Colorado Supreme Court

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Marin County, California

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

New York Department of Financial Services

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

Washington Attorney General's Office

West Virginia Public Service Commission