The European Commission on Thursday fined U.S.-headquartered multinational snack company Mondelez International Inc. €337.5 million ($365.74 million) for entering into anticompetitive trade agreements with resellers and abusing its position as a chocolate giant to maintain high prices.
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EU Fines Mondelez €338M For Curbing Snack Competition

By Rae Ann Varona

The European Commission on Thursday fined U.S.-headquartered multinational snack company Mondelez International Inc. €337.5 million ($365.74 million) for entering into anticompetitive trade agreements with resellers and abusing its position as a chocolate giant to maintain high prices.

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FCC Aims To Reduce Risk From China-Controlled Test Labs

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission pushed Thursday for new rules to prevent foreign adversaries, mainly the Chinese Communist Party, from playing a role in testing and certifying communications equipment in the U.S. market.

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Commerce Must Rethink German Steel Duties A 4th Time

By Jennifer Doherty

The U.S. Department of Commerce failed a third time to convince the trade court that its assessment of a German steel company's energy costs is correct, with the court ordering it to once again rethink duties on the company's exports.

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INVESTIGATIONS & REVIEWS

Commission Paves Way For Duties On Brass Rod Imports

By Alyssa Aquino

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled 3-1 that imported brass rods, used in cell tower networks and military braking systems, has been economically harming the domestic market.

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ENFORCEMENT

Menendez Says Feds Can't Wield Texts About Egyptian Aid

By Carla Baranauckas

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez told a federal court that the government can't support its corruption case with text messages involving military aid to Egypt and a local businessman accused of bribing the senator, citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent excluding past legislative acts as admissible evidence.

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LITIGATION

CBP Had No Right To Collect Disputed Duties, Importer Says

By Jennifer Doherty

A tire importer is fighting government calls to dismiss its suit seeking to recoup duties it says U.S. Customs and Border Protection unlawfully collected while under dispute, urging the trade court to reject CBP's claim that the agency was constrained to follow orders.

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Wiz Khalifa Settles Suit Over Cannabis Venture

By Jonathan Capriel

Rapper Wiz Khalifa has settled a lawsuit filed by the co-owner of his cannabis enterprise who claimed he was cut out of a $20 million deal to license the artist's name and likeness to promote cannabis products.

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Enbridge Says Tribe's Trespass Law Could Cost It Millions

By Isaac Monterose

Enbridge Energy told the Seventh Circuit that a Wisconsin tribe's recently publicized trespass ordinance could cause the company to pay millions of dollars in civil penalties if the appeals court rules that its 645-mile crude oil pipeline is trespassing on the tribe's land.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Proposed Semiconductor Buy Ban May Rattle Supply Chains

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council's recent proposed rulemaking clarifies plans to ban government purchases of semiconductors from certain Chinese companies, creating uncertainty around how contractors will be able to adjust supply chains that are already burdened and contracted to capacity, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

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2 Oil Trader FCPA Pleas Highlight Fine-Reduction Factors

Recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements with Gunvor and Trafigura — the latest actions in a yearslong sweep of the commodities trading industry — reveal useful data points related to U.S. Department of Justice policies on cooperation credit and past misconduct, say Michael DeBernardis and Laura Perkins at Hughes Hubbard.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

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DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

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Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

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Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

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McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

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Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Cassidy Levy

Clement & Murphy

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Cozen O'Connor

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Doyle Barlow

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Frankfurt Kurnit

Gateley PLC

Gibbons PC

Greenberg Traurig

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Knight

Hooper Hathaway

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

Hughes Hubbard

Husch Blackwell

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jones Day

Kanji & Katzen

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Lighthill PC

Marino Tortorella

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Morgan Lewis

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Spencer Fane

Steptoe LLP

Venable LLP

Welsh & Recker

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Zuber Lawler

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

ChangXin Memory Technologies Inc.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Enbridge Energy Partners LP

Ferrari SpA

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Honeywell International Inc.

Icertis Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

Mueller Industries Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

New York Football Giants Inc.

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

Petrobras

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd.

University of Virginia

Wells Fargo & Co.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe

Bureau of Industry and Security

Companies House

European Commission

European Union

Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

International Trade Administration

International Trade Commission

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Labor Relations Board

Ontario Securities Commission

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court