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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…

Amazon Abusing Dominance to Maintain Dominance, California AG Files Anticompetition Suit

Amazon dodges price competition with other e-commerce sites by forcing merchants into agreements that penalize them if their prices beat Amazon’s. That’s the crux of…

Jonathan Rubin discusses future of class certification after Olean v. Bumble Bee

Listen to Partner Jonathan Rubin and other panelists on the on-demand webinar, “Class Certification After Olean v. Bumble Bee” recorded on Aug. 11, 2022. The…

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…

Oracle Violating Numerous Privacy Laws, Class Action Says

  Plaintiffs say Oracle collects and sells private data without citizens’ consent. A class action complaint filed in federal court in San Francisco claims Oracle…

Will Big Book Merger Go Through? It Will Soon Be Up to the Judge.

The fate of the $2.2 billion Penguin Random House (PRH) / Simon & Schuster (S&S) merger remains with U.S. District Judge Florence Pan who presided…

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…

In the Wings? Increased Scrutiny on U.S. Investment in Chinese Technology and More Support for U.S. Manufacturing

On June 14, The Wall Street Journal first reported on a draft legislative measure that would require U.S. companies and investors to disclose and comply…

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…

App Developer’s Antitrust Case Against Apple Looking Durable

Court Says Licensing Agreement Does Not Bar App Maker Litigation A federal judge has rejected Apple Inc.’s interpretation of its app licensing agreement in the…

DOJ: Wage-Fixing Antitrust Civil Case Should Survive Acquittals in Criminal Case

A federal court jury in Denver returned not guilty verdicts in the government’s criminal case against DaVita Inc. and its former CEO, in which the…

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…

Florida Consumer Privacy Bills ‘Indefinitely Postponed’

Florida senators and representatives ended their 2022 legislative session on March 11 by withdrawing consideration of consumer data privacy legislation. Any discussion of stronger protections…

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…

DOJ Sues to Block UnitedHealth / Change Healthcare Deal

Data continues to play key role in fight against anticompetitive mergers. Citing its potential to abuse the health insurance claims data it would amass, and…

Employees May Seek Damages for Violations of the Illinois BIPA

The Illinois Supreme Court held earlier this month (Feb. 3) in McDonald v. Symphony Bronzeville Park (2022 IL 126511) that the exclusivity provisions of the state’s…

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…

Elite University Cartel Conspired to Limit Financial Aid, Students Charge in Class Action

  “Privileging the wealthy and disadvantaging the financially needy are ‘inextricably linked.’” Student recipients of need-based financial aid brought a class action against 16 elite…

Customers File Antitrust Class Action Against LinkedIn

Plaintiffs Also Allege LinkedIn Colludes with Facebook Plaintiffs from Georgia, Texas, and Arizona have filed suit against LinkedIn, accusing the company of actions that breach…

Court Asks: Does Each Transmission of Biometric Data Constitute a BIPA Violation?  

The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has certified a question to the Illinois Supreme Court over the accrual of claims under the Illinois Biometric…

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…

Online Ad Platform Pays $2M to Settle FTC Children’s Privacy Lawsuit

California-based online advertising platform OpenX Technologies, Inc. will pay $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it collected personal information from children under…

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,…

Amazon Misleading Consumers About Sponsored Products, Labor Group Says

Group tells FTC Amazon is abusing consumer trust. “Amazon doesn’t distinguish well enough between paid ads and organic search results, something that could trick consumers”…

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.…

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.…

MoginRubin LLP Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Best Law Firm

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Partner Dan Mogin Selected as Leaders in Law 2021 FINALIST by the San Diego Business Journal

MoginRubin LLP is proud to announce that Managing Partner Daniel Mogin has been selected as a Finalist by the San Diego Business Journal for their…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Selected as a FINALIST in SDBJ Leaders in Law Awards 2021

We are proud to announce that MoginRubin Partner Jennifer Oliver has been selected as a Finalist by the San Diego Business Journal for their 2021…

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,…

FTC Withdraws Vertical Merger Guidelines as “Unsupported by Law and Reality”

The Federal Trade Commission has withdrawn its 2020 Vertical Merger Guidelines and accompanying commentary to “prevent industry and judicial reliance on unsound economic theories” that…

Partner Jennifer Oliver Will be Panelist at Upcoming NetDiligence Cyber Risk Summit

Partner Jennifer Oliver will be presenting at the NetDiligence® Cyber Risk Summit in Santa Monica, CA on October 5th regarding Data Privacy Enforcement. Learn more and register…

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 Will Be Keynote Speaker at Upcoming NAC Convention in Las Vegas

MoginRubin Partner Jonathan Rubin will be a Keynote speaker at the upcoming National ATM Council (NAC) Convention. The three day live and in-person event will…

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…

T-Mobile confirms reports of major data breach – Contact MoginRubin

This week, wireless carrier T-Mobile confirmed reports of a major data breach in which hackers obtained personal information belonging to more than 40 million past, present…

Partner Dan Mogin Chosen as Lawyer of the Year 2022 for Best Lawyers

MoginRubin LLP is proud to announce that Managing Partner Dan Mogin was chosen as a Best Lawyer for the 28thEdition of The Best Lawyers in…

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…

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…

MoginRubin Featured in National Law Review’s Legal Industry News Column

MoginRubin LLP is honored to be included in the most recent edition of the National Law Review’s legal industry news column. MoginRubin is highlighted for…

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…

MoginRubin’s Jennifer Oliver and Joy Sidhwa recognized as Women of Influence in Law by San Diego Business Journal

Please join MoginRubin as we congratulate Partner Jennifer Oliver and Senior Counsel Joy Sidhwa for being recognized as Women of Influence in Law by San…

Jennifer Oliver Published in CLA’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section’s, “Competition: Spring 2021, VOL 31, NO. 1”

MoginRubin partner Jennifer Oliver co-authored a piece for the California Lawyers Association’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section titled, “The Correlation Between Antitrust Enforcement and…

MoginRubin joins with leaders of more than 160 U.S. law firms urging Congress to substantially increase funding for the Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”) due to impact of the pandemic on lower-income Americans

“Our local communities depend on the legal aid organizations funded by LSC, and our firms, in turn, rely on these legal aid agencies to increase…

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…

AmeriFirst Financial Inc. Warns Customers of December Data Breach 

The personal loan information of certain #AmeriFirst Financial, Inc.*, customers has been compromised, according to the bank’s “data security incident” notification. AmeriFirst said it discovered the breach on April 12,…

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,…

MoginRubin Signs Diversity Pledge with San Diego County Bar Association

MoginRubin LLP is proud to announce that we have signed a diversity pledge with the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA). Signing the diversity pledge…

Partners Dan Mogin and Jonathan Rubin Published in Law360

MoginRubin partners Daniel Mogin and Jonathan Rubin co-wrote an article, The 9th Circ.s’ Antitrust Class Action Mistake On ‘De Minimus’, which was published today in…

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 —…

MoginRubin LLP Partner Jennifer M. Oliver elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

MoginRubin LLP Partner Jennifer M. Oliver has been elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The fellows constitute a global honorary society of…

MoginRubin Sponsoring Women of Color in Law Virtual Discussion on March 16th

MoginRubin LLP is proud to sponsor the MCLE credit for this upcoming interactive discussion, hosted by Women of Color in Law. Learn about workplace biases,…

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…

LCSD Hosting Virtual Event in Honor of International Women’s Day: “Breaking Barriers in Law: Why We Need to Choose to Challenge”

On Monday, March 8th, The Lawyers Club of San Diego (LCSD) will be hosting a virtual program in honor of International Women’s Day, called “Breaking…

Data Breach at Kroger Ralphs and Little Clinic Pharmacies

#Kroger was among the companies affected by a #databreach at #Accellion, according to a company press release. Patients’ personal information held by #Ralphs #LittleClinicPharmacies was…

Register for FALSD’s 43rd Annual Gala via Zoom, February 11th at 5:30pm (PST)

Tomorrow, February 11th, at 5:30pm (PST), FALSD will be virtually hosting their 43rd Annual Gala via Zoom! Join the watch party as MoginRubin’s own Joy…

MoginRubin Partner Jennifer Oliver Published in ABA’s M & A Committee’s DealPoints Newsletter

MoginRubin Partner Jennifer Oliver published an article on the proposed new HSR rules in the American Bar Association’s M&A committee’s DealPoints newsletter. Read, “Proposed Rules…

Law360 covers hearing before U.S. Judicial Panel of MoginRubin’s privacy case against Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc.

On January 28, 2021, MoginRubin’s Jennifer Oliver argued in front a panel of Federal Judges in Washington D.C. as counsel for a proposed nationwide class…

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…

MoginRubin Year in Review – 2020

In a year veiled with so much uncertainty for all businesses, we focused our collective efforts on highlighting what makes MoginRubin great – our dedicated,…

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 Jonathan Rubin Quoted by Law360 in “Dual Facebook Antitrust Cases Land Before Different Judges”

MoginRubin co-founder Jonathan Rubin quoted in a Law360 article about the challenges raised by Federal Trade Commission and several state attorneys general for Facebook’s alleged…

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…