Antitrust Law, Domestic. Legal news and articles for January 31 - 31, 2012

ITC Judge Throws Out Barnes & Noble Antitrust Claims Against MicrosoftEU antitrust investigation launched over Samsung's mobile patentsLegal legend David Boies won't get another crack at MicrosoftAntitrust: Commission opens proceedings against SamsungAgriculture Department Eases Stance on ContractsLaw Firms Resume Poaching Partners in Tough MarketNuance Introduces eCopy Legal Solution Pack, Streamlining Paper-to-Digital ...Samsung target of official EU antitrust probeDA, Sheriff Enforce New Law Banning Dangerous 'Bath Salts,' Designer DrugsChina-Based Hackers Target Law Firms to Get Secret Deal DataTwo Japanese Auto Suppliers Will Pay $548 Million In Criminal Fines For Bid ...Mark Thoma vs. Michael Mandel on RegulationThe Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200LAW: Be sure to sign the dotted lineAttorney Christopher Porrino named to head N.J. Division of Law

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On the move: People in business
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

•Robert Parrott has joined the law firm as a litigation associate in the firm's Jackson office. He previously interned with the Mississippi Supreme Court under Justice David Chandler and with the US District Court for the Northern District of ...more »

New year, new laws: Paid sick leave, business tax credits, insurance coverage
Westport-NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The state Department of Labor has been meeting with dozens and dozens of employers, law firms and business associations in recent months, trying to educate them on the nuances of the new law. Connecticut is the first state to mandate for paid sick ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic. News and Stories

ITC Judge Throws Out Barnes & Noble Antitrust Claims Against Microsoft
PC MagazineJanuary 31, 2012

... which came from an ITC administrative law judge, but a one-liner on the docket says the commission approved Microsoft's motion to dismiss Barnes & Noble's patent misuse claim. In November, Microsoft asked the ITC to investigate whether Microsoft is ...more »

EU antitrust investigation launched over Samsung's mobile patents
IntoMobileJanuary 31, 2012

... it holds to “distort competition in European mobile device markets, in breach of EU antitrust rules.” Basically, this will determine if Samsung uses patents to file lawsuits against other companies to kill off its competition or at least weaken it.more »

Legal legend David Boies won't get another crack at Microsoft
ZDNet (blog)January 31, 2012

Today, Microsoft won a key battle in that case, when an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission threw out Barnes & Noble's primary defense in the case. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents found the decision in a listing of orders not ...more »

Antitrust: Commission opens proceedings against Samsung
IEWY NewsJanuary 31, 2012

The implementation of this provision is defined in the Antitrust Regulation (Council Regulation No 1/2003) which can be applied by the Commission and by the national competition authorities of EU Member States. The Commission has informed Samsung and ...more »

Agriculture Department Eases Stance on Contracts
Wall Street JournalJanuary 31, 2012

The groups said the proposed change would have unfairly required businesses with USDA contracts to certify that their subcontractors and suppliers are in compliance with labor laws, a mandate they called a burdensome and impossible task that runs ...more »

Law Firms Resume Poaching Partners in Tough Market
Wall Street JournalJanuary 31, 2012

Billable hours increased only 1% overall last year and dropped sharply for transactional work in the fourth quarter, according to the index, which is based on data from about 130 large law firms. Bankruptcy work declined throughout the year.more »

Nuance Introduces eCopy Legal Solution Pack, Streamlining Paper-to-Digital ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 31, 2012

“Where we see paper as part of a business workflow within the legal industry, not only do we see inefficiencies with the process, we also see costly manual or outsourced paper processes that could save legal organizations thousands of dollars.more »

Samsung target of official EU antitrust probe
Apple InsiderJanuary 31, 2012

... announced on Tuesday that it has opened a formal investigation to decide whether Samsung's use of standard-essential FRAND patents as leverage in high profile cases, such as the company's worldwide battle with Apple, violates EU antitrust laws.more »

DA, Sheriff Enforce New Law Banning Dangerous 'Bath Salts,' Designer Drugs
ScoopSanDiego.comJanuary 31, 2012

"We're taking this action to let businesses know about the new law and penalties they could face," Dumanis said. "More importantly, we want to be proactive to let San Diegans know how dangerous these drugs can be. "Bath salts" in particular have been ...more »

China-Based Hackers Target Law Firms to Get Secret Deal Data
BusinessWeekJanuary 31, 2012

The Canadian government later killed the BHP takeover using federal powers to declare it wasn't in the nation's interest. Similarities between the Canadian attack and other recent intrusions at US law firms suggest that cyberattacks on attorneys are ...more »

Two Japanese Auto Suppliers Will Pay $548 Million In Criminal Fines For Bid ...
Connecticut WatchdogJanuary 31, 2012

By George Gombossy Two Japanese suppliers of automotive electrical components–Yazaki Corporation and DENSO Corporation–have agreed to plead guilty and to pay a total of $548 million in criminal fines for their involvement in multiple price-fixing and ...more »

Mark Thoma vs. Michael Mandel on Regulation
National Review Online (blog)January 31, 2012

For this reason, active enforcement of anti-trust laws – far more than we've seen in the recent years – is needed to ensure that the door is open for new ideas to be tried in the marketplace. In addition, though I don't think overregulation is a ...more »

The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerJanuary 31, 2012

A finance attorney, Agbayissah started his careet at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal. Vincent focuses on M&A, joint ventures, corporate, and commercial law. Naumann, who led SNR Denton's technology, media, and telecommuniations practice, litigates and ...more »

LAW: Be sure to sign the dotted line
Press-EnterpriseJanuary 31, 2012

As in a law school examination, the facts are undisputed.” In this case, SVC-West, LP (timeshare company Shell Vacations Club) rented eight helium tanks from C9 Ventures (doing business as Cloud 9 Balloons) in 2007 at the last minute, ...more »

Attorney Christopher Porrino named to head N.J. Division of Law
newjerseynewsroom.comJanuary 31, 2012

Christopher S. Porrino, a lawyer with Lowenstein Sandler PC, on Tuesday was named director of the state Division of Law by Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa. Porrino, 44, of Union County, is expected to begin his new position by the end of February.more »

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