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The Federal Trade Commission headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Trump Antitrust Candidate Pushed Envelope to Support Deals

Trump Antitrust Candidate Pushed Envelope to Support Deals

By David McLaughlin and Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg News The Trump team is considering giving a top antitrust post to a former U.S. trade commissioner whose hands-off views on competition have at times failed to withstand court scrutiny. Joshua Wright, a conservative law professor who heads President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team for the Federal Trade Commission, is

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The 2017 Litigation Playing Field Has Changed in Two Big Ways 

As the world prepares itself for a new presidential administration, no one knows for sure what the future holds. But the lawyers at Crowell & Moring took a hard look at the potential litigation landscape in 2017 and compiled their findings in a new report. The report, here, covers a lot of ground, but we caught

U.S. President Barack Obama presents former Beatle Paul McCartney the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a concert in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

McCartney Won’t ‘Let It Be,’ Sues Sony to Get Back Song Rights

By Bob Van Voris and Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg News Do you want to know a secret? A quirk in U.S. copyright law says Paul McCartney may be able to get the rights to one of his songs back as early as next year, with others following. But, Sony Corp. appears to be standing in the way.

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Deutsche Bank Now Has — Count ’Em — Five Outside Monitors

By Greg Farrell, Bloomberg News Banks that settle government investigations often receive an outside monitor to ensure that they make good on their promises to reform. Deutsche Bank AG now has five. To resolve the Justice Department’s investigation over its mortgage-backed securities business, the bank agreed Tuesday to a $7.2 billion penalty, more than half


Wake Up Call: Dentons Lawyer to Join White House Counsel’s Office

• The head of Dentons’ political law practice, Stefan Passantino, is said to be leaving his Republican Party posts in Georgia to take a job in the Office of White House Counsel in the Trump administration. (Daily Report via America Lawyer) • James Quinn is leaving Weil Gotshal & Manges after more than 40 years that saw

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U.K.’s ‘Hard Brexit’ Plans May Undermine Patent Court

By Peter Leung, Bloomberg BNA The U.K.’s plan to join the proposed Europe-wide patent court could run into conflict with Prime Minister Theresa May’s desire to leave the jurisdiction of the European Union’s highest court. May’s Jan. 17 speech promised to “bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain.”

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Dershowitz Joins Team Challenging Delaware Chancery Decision

Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional law attorney and Harvard Law professor, is joining the legal team for an appellant in a case that could test the authority of the Delaware Chancery Court, one of the most powerful business courts in the country. In the case, Delaware Chancery Court Judge Andre Bouchard last May ordered that TransPerfect, a

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M&A Deal Price Challenges Spiking in Delaware

By Michael Greene, Bloomberg BNA The Delaware Chancery Court is seeing a surge in shareholder lawsuits asking it to assess the “fair” market value of merger targets, including Towers Watson & Co. and Jarden Corp. Since 2012, Delaware appraisal lawsuits have risen 267 percent, to a high of 77 in 2016, according to an analysis

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High Court Delays Consideration of Skadden’s Retroactive Tax Case

The Supreme Court wants Michigan’s Department of Treasury to respond to petitions filed by Skadden Arps and several companies arguing that its retroactive application of a tax law violates the U.S. Constitution. The court also delayed a conference in a case concerning a similar tax law in Washington state, possibly so justices can consider the two


Trump Pushes Morgan Lewis Center Stage

It’s not often that a Big Law partner is thrust into the international spotlight in the way that Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ Sheri Dillon was on Wednesday morning. In his first press conference since July, President-elect Donald J. Trump introduced Dillon as the lawyer tasked with ironing out any conflicts created by his myriad business interests