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Generic Drug Companies Hit With Antitrust Enforcement Follow-On Securities Suits

In a recent post, I noted that plaintiffs’ lawyers had recently launched a series of securities class action lawsuits against several poultry producers in the wake of news that companies in that industry were the target of antitrust enforcement action. Now news has emerged that antitrust regulators may be targeting companies in a different sector, … Continue Reading

Poultry Producers Hit with Antitrust Suits, Follow-on Securities Litigation

One of the characteristic securities litigation patterns for many years has been that lawsuit filings tend to come in distinctive waves, in which specific sectors get hit with a series of securities suits or companies engaging in certain types of conduct or business practices attract securities litigation. The lawsuits arising out of the dot-com crash … Continue Reading

Antitrust Enforcement and Corporate Risk Exposure

As a result of heightened regulatory scrutiny and changing enforcement priorities around the world, “cartel enforcement is a hot topic in boardroom,” according to a March 29, 2014 Economist magazine article entitled “Just One More Fix” (here). According to the article, antitrust enforcement authorities are getting “better at detecting cartels and bolder in punishing them.” … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Settlement of Antitrust Claim for Underpaid Wages Not Excluded “Disgorgement”

A settlement of an antitrust lawsuit alleging that a group of hospitals conspired to underpay their nurses did not represent excluded “disgorgement” and therefore was not excluded from coverage under William Beaumont Hospital’s management liability insurance policy, according to a January 16, 2014 Sixth Circuit decision. The opinion will likely be of particular interest to … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Health Care Organizations Face Increasing Rates, Tightening Terms

Largely as a result of changes in the industry following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, health care organizations have seen their D&O insurance rates increasing and the available terms and conditions tightening, according to a December 10, 2013 report from Marsh. Moreover, these changes are likely to continue in 2014, according to the … Continue Reading

Big News: Consolidated Libor-Scandal Antitrust and RICO Claims Dismissed

On March 29, 2013, in a ruling that she acknowledged some might find to be “unexpected” in light of the substantial regulatory fines and penalties that some of the defendants have paid, Southern District of New York Naomi Reice Buchwald granted the defendants’ motions to dismiss the antitrust and RICO claims in the consolidated Libor-based … Continue Reading

Alleged Anticompetitive Behavior and Follow-on Securities Litigation

Antitrust regulation and securities enforcement each involve entirely separate areas of the law. However, an increasingly frequent follow-on effect of a regulatory investigation for allegedly anticompetitive conduct is an ensuing class action lawsuit under the securities laws. A lawsuit recently filed in the Southern District of New York, which also has some unique characteristics all … Continue Reading
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