High Court Remands Reverse-Payment Settlement Cases To 3rd Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 vacated the judgment of the Third Circuit in antitrust litigation involving the drug K-Dur and remanded for further consideration in light of its recent ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., et al., in which it held that reverse-payment...

Apple Conspired To Raise Prices Of E-Books, Federal Judge Rules

NEW YORK - Apple Inc. conspired with several publishers to fix prices of electronic books in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act and various states' laws, a federal judge in New York ruled July 10 following a bench trial (United States of America v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 12 Civ. 2826, S.D...

Calif. Cipro Purchasers Seek Approval Of Settlement With Bayer Over Pay-For-Delay

SAN DIEGO - California purchasers of the antibiotic Cipro and third-party payers who reimbursed for California purchases of Cipro on July 11 asked a state court to grant preliminary approval to their $74 million cash settlement with Bayer Corp. and Bayer AG (collectively, Bayer) on claims that Bayer...

Jury Rules Against Colorado Nightclub On Antitrust Claims Against Rival

DENVER - A federal jury in Colorado on July 10 found against Denver nightclubs on their unlawful tying, monopolization and attempted monopolization claims that a competitor nightclub and the owner of a digital download service and the defendant nightclub coerced disc jockeys to perform at the competitor...

United States, States Debate Apple Over Remedies In E-Book Conspiracy Case

NEW YORK - The United States and the 33 states that prevailed in federal district court in New York on their claims that Apple Inc. conspired with five publishers to fix prices of electronic books submitted their proposed remedy on Aug.2 (United States of America v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 12 Civ. 2826...

Purchasers Fail To Allege Article III Standing In IPhone App Case, Judge Rules

OAKLAND, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Aug. 15 dismissed with leave to amend an action claiming that Apple Inc. monopolized and attempted to monopolize the iPhone applications aftermarket, finding that the plaintiffs failed to establish that they suffered actual injury necessary to establish...

$20 Million Settlement Approved Over Facebook 'Sponsored Stories'

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge found a settlement agreement between Facebook Inc. and a group of its users, who claim that their likenesses were used in advertisements without their consent, to be "a good faith, arms-length attempt . . . to resolve $(the$) matter through compromise,"...

9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Antitrust Class Action Over ITunes, IPods

SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 3 affirmed a lower court's dismissal of a California woman's antitrust claims against Apple Inc. based on purported monopolization and supracompetitive prices in the digital music market (Stacie Somers v. Apple Inc., No. 11...

Judge Orders Apple To Modify E-Book Contracts, Appoints External Monitor

NEW YORK - Apple Inc. must modify its existing agreements with publishers and submit to an external monitor pursuant to the final order entered Sept. 5 by the federal judge in New York who ruled against Apple on claims by the United States and 33 states that Apple conspired with five publishers to fix...

Text Messengers Must Arbitrate Antitrust Claims, Federal Judge Rules

NEW YORK - Text message service companies alleging that wireless communication companies, a trade organization and aggregators conspired to restrain trade and monopolize the market for application-to-person (A2P) text messages must arbitrate their federal antitrust claims, a federal judge in New York...

Jury Awards $113M For Attempted Monopolization Of Safety Syringe Market

MARSHALL, Texas - A federal jury in Texas on Sept. 19 awarded Retractable Technologies Inc.(RTI) $133,508,014 in damages against Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD) for attempted monopolization of the market for safety syringes through deceptive practices (Retractable Technologies, Inc., et al. v. Becton...

10th Circuit Affirms Judgment For Microsoft In Novell's Monopolization Suit

DENVER - Novell Inc. failed to present evidence sufficient for a jury to find that Microsoft Corp. unlawfully used its dominant position in the personal computing (PC) operating-systems market to monopolize the word-processing and spreadsheet applications markets when it withdrew access to its namespace...

Guccione Collection: Damages Owed By 'Penthouse' Related To Intellectual Property

WILMINGTON, Del. - The Guccione Collection LLC (TGC) filed an adversary proceeding in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of PMGI Holdings Inc., the parent company for the adult entertainment empire carrying the name "Penthouse," seeking declaratory relief and unspecified damages related to intellectual...

Virtual Currency Firm's Antitrust Claims Against Facebook Survive Dismissal

WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal judge on Sept. 27 held that a provider of virtual currency for social network games had sufficiently pleaded its claims of monopolization, tying and tortious interference against Facebook Inc., denying the social network's motion to dismiss (Kickflip Inc. v....

Unfair Competition Class Action Against Skype Reinstated By Appeals Court

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on Oct. 4 found that a woman's putative class claims alleging unfair competition, false advertising and related claims against Skype Inc., over its claims of "unlimited" calling plans, were adequately alleged, reversing and remanding a lower court's...

Publishers, Apple Will Appeal E-Books Price-Fixing Order

NEW YORK - Publishers Simon & Schuster Inc. and Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC d/b/a Macmillan on Oct. 4 filed notices of appeal, joining Apple Inc., in appealing to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals a final order requiring Apple to modify its existing agreements with five publishers and submit...

Kodak: Ricoh Patent Claims Should Be Disallowed On The Merits

NEW YORK - Bankrupt Eastman Kodak Co. on Oct. 10 filed a brief in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York contending that the patent claims of Ricoh Co. Ltd. and one of its affiliates should be dismissed on the merits (In Re: Eastman Kodak Company, No. 12-10202, Chapter 11, S...

New Trial Sought After $113M Verdict In Attempted Monopolization Case

MARSHALL, Texas - Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD) on Oct. 11 moved for judgment as a matter of law or, alternatively, a new trial following a federal jury in Texas' $133,508,014 damage award in favor of Retractable Technologies Inc.(RTI) on its claim of attempted monopolization of the market for...

Software Maker Fails To Allege Agreement; Antitrust Claims Fail, 2nd Circuit Holds

NEW YORK - A software company failed to allege facts demonstrating that insurers' requiring the use of a rival estimating software was anything more than parallel conduct, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 18 in an unpublished order affirming the dismissal of antitrust and trademark...

Novell Seeks Rehearing En Banc In Monopolization Suit Against Microsoft

DENVER - Novell Inc. on Oct. 22 filed a petition for rehearing en banc of a 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that Novell failed to present evidence sufficient for a jury to find that Microsoft Corp. unlawfully used its dominant position in the personal computing operating-systems market to monopolize...

Credit Card Suit Against Nordstrom Can Continue, Federal Judge Rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Oct. 22 refused to dismiss a putative class action alleging that Nordstrom Inc. violated the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1974 by requesting customers' email addresses to send unsolicited marketing materials, predicting that the California...

Rehearing En Banc Denied In Novell's Monopolization Suit Against Microsoft

DENVER - The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 1 denied Novell Inc.'s petition for rehearing en banc of a panel ruling that Novell failed to present evidence sufficient for a jury to find that Microsoft Corp. unlawfully used its dominant position in the personal computing operating-systems...

Judge Again Finds IPhone Owners Lack Standing To Bring Antitrust Claims

OAKLAND, Calif. - For the second time, a California federal judge on Dec. 2 dismissed a putative antitrust class action against Apple Inc., finding that the plaintiff consumers failed to establish standing as direct purchasers to assert antitrust violations related to Apple's sale of iPhone applications...

Parts Firm's Keyword Ads Trademark Claims Dismissed Against Google, Not Yahoo

SAN DIEGO - In a pair of Dec. 4 rulings, a California federal judge dismissed all of an Internet-based automotive parts retailer's trademark infringement claims against search engine provider Google Inc. as barred by laches and precluded by the Communications Decency Act (CDA) while permitting a...

11th Circuit Upholds Rejection Of Suit Over Travel Companies' Tax Collection

ATLANTA - More than 250 Georgia cities and counties failed to prove that online travel companies (OTCs) collected excess taxes and now owe the localities back taxes, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 13, also upholding a district court's sanctions ruling against the class of localities...