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“I Knew You Were Trouble.” Taylor Swift Ticket Fiasco Cranks Up Ticketmaster Criticism

Live Nation-Ticketmaster Dominance: “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” Photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash [Editor’s Note: Quoted phrases are titles of Taylor…

German Economist Sues OPEC as Illegal Cartel

Berlin-based professor of law and economics, Armin Steinbach, filed a lawsuit against OPEC in early November, accusing the organization of being an illegal cartel that…

EssilorLuxottica Fined $81.2 Million in France for Anti-Competitive Practices

If you are an eyewear customer there is a very good chance you’re also at least an indirect customer of this company. Eyewear giant EssilorLuxottica…

EU Commission Investigating Teva for Allegedly Interfering with Medication Research

Pharmaceutical company Teva is under investigation by the European Commission over their competition practices, which the commission says interferes with medication research. Teva held a…

CISPE.cloud Files Licensing Complaint Against Microsoft

In November of 2022, Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe (CISPE) announced it was filing a formal complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission’s Directorate-General…

Antitrust Fines Against Apple and Amazon Scrapped in Italy

At the start of October, an Italian administrative court ruled that Apple and Amazon no longer have to pay a $225 million fine levied by…

EC Investigates Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Acquisition

The European Commission is putting the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger on hold as they investigate whether the deal will reduce competition among PC gaming…

Leaked: EU to Charge Meta/Facebook Over Secret Agreement with Google

While the European Commission announced back in March that they would investigate Facebook, sources have leaked that it is ready to announce formal charges, according…

France Fines Apple $1.2 Billion for ‘Running a Cartel’

French competition authority, Autorité de la Concurrence, fined Apple a record $1.2 billion after their investigation found that Apple and its wholesale partners, Ingram Micro…

Pfizer Completes $5.4 Billion Acquisition of Sickle Cell Disease Drug Innovator

Pfizer Inc. has acquired Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT), a biopharmaceutical company whose leading product inhibits harmful medical conditions that lead to the relatively rare…

Amazon’s iRobot Acquisition Faces Shareholder and Consumer Resistance as FTC Investigates

iRobot Corp. shareholders approved Amazon.com, Inc.’s $1.7 billion purchase of the Roomba maker on Oct. 17, while a pre-trial conference in a suit brought by…

FTC, States Sue Pesticide Makers Over Exclusionary Schemes to Block Generics

Syngenta and Corteva used “loyalty programs” to cut off competition and inflate prices paid by farmers and consumers, suit says. The Federal Trade Commission and…

Adobe / Figma Merger Raises Antitrust Concerns

Would the deal usher in a new era of collaborative creativity or just a more powerful monopoly? Tech industry observers disagree on the potential impact…

Courts Reject Two DOJ Merger Challenges as Another is On Trial

A brief setback for Biden’s war on anticompetitive deals? The number of mergers globally in 2021, according to PwC, was the biggest on record with…

FTC Chair Touts Vigorous Antitrust Enforcement Despite Anemic Funding

Trump appointees say things were better during his term. Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan testified this week that despite being strapped for resources…

Google Alert: Antitrust Suits Coming Soon

Google awaits service in three countries over digital ad conduct. One of the first victims of the rapid tectonic shift in how the world consumes…

FTC Sues to Block Meta from Acquiring Leading VR Developer

FTC Accuses Meta of Trying to Further Dominate Virtual Reality Ecosystem via Acquisition. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit against Meta Platforms, Inc. (fka…

Google Must Defend Inform Advertising Antitrust Case After All

Eleventh Circuit disagrees that the complaint was an inadequate “shotgun pleading” against Google, YouTube and Alphabet. Handing Google LLC a reversal of fortune, the Eleventh…

Federal Court Approves $2.67B Settlement of Antitrust Suit Against Blue Cross

U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor of Alabama has approved the settlement of antitrust litigation brought against Blue Cross Blue Shield Association by large employers…

Credit Card Issuers File Antitrust Suit Against Apple for Exclusionary Conduct in Mobile Tap-and-Pay Market

Apple Operating an Illegal Monopoloy in Tap-and-Pay Market, Suit Says The convenience of the tap-and-pay mobile wallet model is a feature consumers increasingly enjoy for…

Gig Drivers Say Uber and Lyft Duopoly is Violating California Antitrust Laws

Independent Uber and Lyft drivers filed a class action against the rideshare pioneers last month alleging they are violating California antitrust and consumer protection law.…

Dan Mogin, Travis Miller Talk Supply Chains on Emerging Litigation Podcast

Dan Mogin of MoginRubin LLP and Travis Miller, General Counsel at Assent Compliance Inc., appeared on the Emerging Litigation Podcast to discuss a range of…

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Antitrust?

Comedian John Oliver (no relation to MoginRubin antitrust attorney Jennifer Oliver, or so she claims) spent nearly a half hour of his show Last Week…

Amazon Shareholder Files Biometric Privacy and Antitrust Suit

Amazon shareholder Francis Gimbel, Jr. has sued Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s Board of Directors, and other company leaders in federal court in Washington for allegedly storing…

NYT’s Lead Economics Writer: Biden Needs Pro-Antitrust Economics Judges

At the end of April 2022, announcing President Joseph Biden’s latest round of federal judicial nominations, the White House hailed the nominees not only as…

EC Adopts Vertical Deal Guidelines for Supply Chains

The European Commission has adopted new Vertical Block Exemption Regulations (‘VBER’) accompanied by new Vertical Guidelines, which will allow, subject to conditions, agreements between companies…

Fight Over 2010 Live Nation / Ticketmaster Merger Not Over Yet

Company served with a new lawsuit amid fresh calls to unwind. When concert promoting giant Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., and ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc.,…

In Price Restriction Litigation, Amazon Wins One, Loses One

Amazon.com Inc. started the month of March with two suits on opposite coasts challenging the rules it imposes on the platform’s merchants which prohibit them…

Hearing No Further Objections from the FTC, Amazon Buys MGM

Recommitted to fighting anticompetitive consolidation, the government could still challenge the deal. The Federal Trade Commission’s silence last week on Amazon’s acquisition of MGM –…

UK, EC Investigate Google / Facebook ‘Jedi Blue’ Agreement

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the European Commission have launched investigations into whether Alphabet/Google and Meta/Facebook illegally conspired to hold their dominant…

House Judiciary Committee Says Amazon Obstructed and Lied to Congress, Seeks Investigation

The House Judiciary Committee has informed Attorney General Merrick Garland of “potentially criminal conduct” on the part of Amazon and its top executives. Detailed in…

Will We See More Criminal Charges Against Monopolies?

DOJ Official’s Remarks Seen as ‘Signal’ Government Will Use Criminal Charges to Fight Illegal Monopolies Remarks made by the DOJ’s Richard Powers at a March…

Amazon-MGM: Deal Approved in Europe, Now It’s Up to the FTC

Finding “no competition concerns,” antitrust regulators at the European Commission yesterday (March 15) approved Amazon’s $8.5 billion acquisition of MGM and its collection of some…

FTC, Rhode Island AG Move to Block New England Healthcare Merger

The Federal Trade Commission and the Rhode Island Attorney General are using both administrative measures and litigation to stop the proposed merger of Lifespan Corp.…

Google’s YouTube Draws Antitrust Fines in Russia

You know things are bad when the Russian government says you’re abusing your power, acting surreptitiously, and restricting adjacent markets. But that’s the message Moscow…

Cellular Store Charges T-Mobile With Unfair Business Practices Following Merger with Sprint

A cellular franchise owner has sued T-Mobile in U.S. District Court in Connecticut for “fraudulent, predatory, and anti-competitive conduct.” Saying it was one of the…

Nvidia and SoftBank’s Arm Call Off Vertical Merger

Facing challenges from antitrust enforcers on three continents, U.S. microchip giant Nvidia Corp. has called off its acquisition of British computer processing designer Arm Ltd.,…

Frontier/Spirit Merger Would Stiffen Competition Against Big Four Fliers

Spirit Airlines, Inc. and Frontier Airlines, Inc., today (Feb. 7) announced a merger they say will save consumers $1 billion a year while flying aboard…

FTC Sues to Torpedo Lockheed’s $4.4 Billion Aerojet Acquisition

Marking the first time in decades that it has sued to block a defense industry merger, the Federal Trade Commission on Jan. 25, 2022 filed…

Aerospace Execs Indicted for Conspiracy to Limit Worker Pay and Job Prospects

A federal grand jury in Connecticut returned an indictment last month charging a former manager of leading aerospace engineering company Pratt & Whitney, Inc., and…

EC Fines Banks Over Currency Trading Cartel

The European Commission has fined UBS, Barclays, RBS, HSBC and Credit Suisse €344 million ($390 million) for participating in a Foreign Exchange spot-trading cartel. UBS,…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Selected by The National Law Review as 2021 Go To Thought Leader

We are proud to announce that Partner Jennifer Oliver has been selected by The National Law Review as a 2021 Go To Thought Leader in…

MoginRubin Year in Review – 2021

We would like to thank our friends, colleagues, and wonderful Team for another incredible year. As the pandemic continued to impact businesses, MoginRubin remained committed…

Partner Dan Mogin Quoted in FTCWatch

Partner Daniel Mogin was quoted today in an FTCWatch article titled, “As FTC examines supply chain woes, don’t expect much action,” addressing his thoughts on…

MoginRubin LLP Selected as FINALIST for 2022 Legalweek Leaders in Tech Awards for Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion

MoginRubin is honored to be selected as a FINALIST for the 2022 Legalweek Leaders in Tech Awards in the category: Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion.…

MoginRubin’s Lela Fox-Mazzeo Selected to SDBJ’s List of Top 500 Most Influential People in San Diego for 2021

MoginRubin LLP is proud to announce that our Chief of Business Affairs and Financial Operations, Lela Fox-Mazzeo, was selected by the San Diego Business Journal…

Partner Daniel Mogin Named “Top Antitrust Lawyer of 2021” by the L.A. Daily Journal

We are proud to announce that Daniel Mogin, our Managing Partner, has been selected to the Top Antitrust Lawyers of 2021 list by the L.A.…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Presenting at ABA Webinar “CCPA Thus Far: Enforcement” on October 19, 2021

On October 19th, Partner Jennifer Oliver will be presenting at the American Bar Association’s webinar,  “CCPA Thus Far: Enforcement.” Join Ms. Oliver and Jeewon Serrato,…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Quoted in Daily Journal Article, “Small deals let big tech evade antitrust scrutiny, FTC says”

Partner Jennifer Oliver was quoted today in the Daily Journal, regarding the loopholes in the current merger laws, and how they could potentially mask monopolies.…

Partner Jonathan Rubin Quoted in the New York Times Following Recent Order Regarding Apple’s Anticompetitive Conduct

Partner Jonathan L. Rubin was quoted in the The New York Times’ coverage of Judge Gonzalez’s recent order following the bench trial where she dismissed…

Partner Jonathan Rubin Quoted in Global Competition Review Following Disappointing JPML Decision

Partner Jonathan L. Rubin was quoted in Global Competition Review following the recent disappointing #JPML ruling to consolidate all of the digital ad cases against #Google to a federal New…

Leaf Brands Has Asked the FTC to Investigate Anticompetitive Conduct by Mondelez Inc., the Maker of Oreos

LeafBrands, maker of the original sandwich cookie, Hydrox, represented by MoginRubin LLP, has asked the FTC to investigate the anticompetitive conduct by Mondelez Inc., maker…

MoginRubin LLP Has Secured Class Certification on Behalf of Independent ATM Operators, Non-Bank Affiliated ATM Operators, and the National ATM Council

“Today’s ruling marks a significant step toward loosening the grip of Visa and Mastercard on the market for ATM network services and promises to benefit…

Partner Jonathan Rubin Quoted in Law 360 Regarding 9th Circuit Panel’s Recent Decision in Tuna Price-Fixing Case

On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 2-1 decision that would have made it more difficult for antitrust claimants to secure class certification…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Named “Top 40 Under 40” by the Daily Journal

We are proud to announce that Partner Jennifer Oliver was selected by the Daily Journal as a “Top 40 Under 40” attorney for 2021. This…

Partner Dan Mogin Selected as “Lawyer of the Year 2021” by the American Institute of Legal Professionals

We are proud to announce that Managing Partner Daniel Mogin has been selected as a “Lawyer of the Year 2021” for his accomplishments and excellence…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Selected to The American Lawyer’s list of 2021 West Trailblazers

MoginRubin LLP is proud to announce that Partner Jennifer Oliver was selected to The American Lawyer’s inaugural list of 2021 West Trailblazers. The list was…

Verizon Selling Yahoo and AOL for $5 Billion

Unable to compete with Google and Facebook, Verizon is selling Verizon Media — made up of Yahoo, AOL, advertising technology, and other media platform assets…

MoginRubin Helps Bertram Capital Inc. and FCG Acquisitions Seal Deal with KKR & Co, Inc.

MoginRubin LLP assisted private equity firm Bertram Capital Management LLC with the antitrust clearance of the sale of FCG Acquisitions Inc. to KKR & Co,…

GOP v. MLB: Republicans Cry Foul Over All-Star Game Move

Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee want to end Major League Baseball’s antitrust immunity following the league’s decision to relocate the All-Star Game and…

FTC Sues to Block Illumina/Grail Deal

The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint and authorized a federal court lawsuit to block Illumina’s $7.1 billion proposed acquisition of Grail —…

Hospital Merger Activity and Challenges: Two Conclude, One Merger Abandoned

Deal activity in the trillion-dollar U.S. patient-care industry has been hardy, despite projections that the pandemic might have slowed things down. That means the federal…

Foreign-Language Trainers Admit to Defrauding NSA

Two providers of foreign-language training services, Comprehensive Language Center Inc. (CLCI) and Berlitz Languages Inc., admitted that they took part in a conspiracy to defraud…

Antitrust Reform Effort Gets Some Shade

Editor’s Note: This is a follow-up to our blog post, Will the Antitrust Laws Get an Update? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the effort…

“Big Poultry” Producer Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. of Colorado has pleaded guilty and will pay $107 million in criminal fines for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices…

DOJ Joins Group in Effort to Better Police Emerging Tech

The Department of Justice is joining the Computational Antitrust project, hosted by the Stanford University CodeX Center and created by Professor Thibault Schrepel. “The project…

U.S. Antitrust Law Not Working for Book or Tech Market?

“American antitrust is basically a failure.” That’s a quote from a law professor in a recent New York Times article written by Shira Ovide titled…

Will Facebook Sue Apple?

Facebook reportedly planning to sue Apple for alleged antitrust violations.  According to sources speaking to TheInformation.com, Facebook believes Apple abused its power in the smartphone…

China Reportedly Cracking Down on Web-Based Antitrust

The South China Morning Post has reported that 2021 will be the year of antitrust regulations for the State Administration for Market Regulation. The paper…

Pilgrim’s Pride Settles Poultry Price-Fixing Charges

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has agreed to pay $75 million to chicken buyers to settle price-fixing claims, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company,…

U.K. Investigates Market Impact of Change in Google Ad Targeting Tools

Google plans to end support for third-party cookies in the Chrome browser and its Chromium engine, a decision that has prompted an investigation by the…

MoginRubin Partner Jennifer Oliver Co-Authors Paper on Cannabis Industry and Competition Law

Included in this month’s inaugural issue of the Journal on Emerging Issues in Litigation, published by Fastcase Full Court Press, is an article co-authored by…

Congress Agrees to End Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers

Bill Awaits President’s Signature Healthcare insurance companies, like other insurers, have enjoyed an exemption from U.S. antitrust laws since March 1945 when President Roosevelt signed…

New Law Designed to Protect Antitrust Whistleblowers

Signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 23, 2020, the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act bars employers from retaliating against individuals who report criminal antitrust…

European Commission Examining Aon’s Acquisition of Willis Towers Watson

The European Commission announced Dec. 21 that it is investigating Aon’s proposed acquisition of Willis Towers Watson, a deal that would combine two leading providers…

Thirty-Eight AGs Bring a Third Antitrust Case Against Google

Google Illegally Maintained Monopolies, Created Insurmountable Barriers to Entry for Competitors, Suit Says A bipartisan coalition of 38 attorneys general have sued Google LLC for…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Quoted in Bloomberg Law Regarding the Antitrust Case Against Facebook

MoginRubin Partner Jennifer Oliver was quoted in Bloomberg Law regarding the antitrust cases against Facebook, Inc. The FTC has long suspected anticompetitive and monopolistic behaviors…

CLA Privacy Law Review – What You Need to Know, by Partner Jennifer Oliver

Congratulations to Partner Jennifer Oliver who was appointed to the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association’s Privacy Law Section, and co-authored a piece about…

MoginRubin’s Competition Law Attorneys Featured on Webinar: “The Antitrust Case Against Google”

Competition law and class action specialists from MoginRubin LLP joined a law professor who served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division and an…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Featured on Podcast re Cannabis Industry Competition Law

MoginRubin LLP Partner Jennifer Oliver is featured on the new HB Emerging Issues in Litigation Podcast along with Ausra Deluard of Dentons LLP. The podcast…

Partner Jonathan Rubin Quoted in Law360 Article, “Access To Rivals’ Data Drives EC Amazon Antirust Case”

MoginRubin LLP Partner Jonathan Rubin was quoted in a Law360 article this week titled, “Access To Rivals’ Data Drives EC Amazon Antitrust Case.” The article…

MoginRubin LLP Named “Best Law Firm 2021” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers

MoginRubin LLP has been selected as a Best Law Firm in the 2021 Edition of the U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” publication. The selection process for…

DOJ: Visa / Plaid Deal Would be Bad for Online Debit Market and Consumers

Government Sues to Block Deal Intended to Erase Disruptor Referring to Visa Inc. as a monopolist in the online debit services industry, the Department of…

Register Now for a CLE Webinar, “The Antitrust Case Against Google”on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Register now for a CLE-eligible webinar, “The Antitrust Case Against Google,” presented by HB Litigation Conferences and an all-star lineup of speakers, including MoginRubin Partners…

MoginRubin Attorneys to Speak on U.S. vs. Google

Webinar: The Antitrust Case Against Google Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at 9PT | 10MT | 11CT | 12ET. Complimentary and eligible for CLE.   Featuring…

Telecommunications: DOJ Allows AT&T to Sell Off Caribbean Operations

The Department of Justice is requiring Liberty Latin America Ltd., its subsidiary, Liberty Communications of Puerto Rico LLC, and AT&T Inc. to divest certain fiber-based…

Private Equity: Platforms Seek Quick Merger Approval in the U.K.

Two popular crowdfunding platforms, Crowdcube and Seedrs, have asked the U.K. competition authority to fast track their merger designed to create “the world’s largest private…

Healthcare: Anticompetitive Tying Class Action Moves Forward Against Sutter Health

Indirect purchasers of health insurance will proceed as a class against Sutter Health for alleged anticompetitive conduct which plaintiffs maintain illegally tied health plans to…

Pharma: Consumer Groups, States Support Reviving Generic Drugs Antitrust Case Against AbbVie

Pro-consumer organizations — Consumer Action and U.S. Public Interest Research Group — and 20 states have filed amici curiae briefs with the Seventh Circuit U.S.…

Partner Jonathan Rubin Was a Speaker at the NAC2020-VIRTUAL Conference & Expo Today

MoginRubin Partner Jonathan L. Rubin was a speaker at today’s NAC2020-VIRTUAL Conference & Expo, where he gave a status update in the pending antitrust class action…

Pistacchio vs. Apple: iPhone Gamers Claim Anticompetitive Behavior in Subscription Game Market

Apple iPhone gamer John Pistacchio filed a proposed class action against Apple, Inc. on behalf of purchasers of “Apple Arcade,” a subscription mobile gaming service…

TikTok Gets Reprieve from Trump Ban, Nears Deal with Oracle, Walmart

Now that TikTok has more time to keep its U.S. operation alive – thanks to a federal court order enjoining the Trump administration’s effort to…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Selected as 2020 Elite Boutique Trailblazer by National Law Journal

MoginRubin is proud to announce that Partner Jennifer Oliver has been selected by the National Law Journal as a 2020 Elite Boutique Trailblazer. NLJ was…

DOJ Requires Divestiture of Hawaiian Brewer Before Anheuser Can Buy Craft Brew

The Justice Department Antitrust Division will approve a major acquisition in the beer industry, but only if one of the merging company’s divests its holdings…

House Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Capitalize on Their Fame

A group of U.S. House Democrats and Republicans have introduced the “Student Athlete Level Playing Field Act” which would add momentum to the current movement…

Nvidia’s Acquiring UK Chip Designer for $40 Billion

In a move that Reuters said will “reshape the global semiconductor landscape,” Nvidia Corp. is purchasing Arm of the U.K. from SoftBank Group Corp. of…

French and American Luxury Brands Litigate Delayed Merger

Dispute in Delaware, Tussle in Brussels LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton of France used business challenges presented by the novel coronavirus to avoid a multi-billion-dollar…

Apple Fires Back at Epic Games in Fortnite Fight

Responding to Epic Games’ bold suit against Apple (and separately against Google) — alleging anticompetitive operation of the Apple Store — the computer and mobile…

Claim That LinkedIn Has a ‘People Analytics’ Monopoly Fails

hiQ Labs Inc., a new employment tech firm, sued professional network giant LinkedIn for abuse of its market power. Specifically, the startup-alleged LinkedIn blocked its…

Casino Sues Scientific Games, Bally’s for Antitrust Law Violations, Charge 100% Card-Shuffler Monopoly

The Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, a casino operator, alleges in a proposed class action that Scientific Games Corp., Bally Technologies, Inc., and Bally…