Antitrust Agency Turf War Over Big Tech Investigations

Temple Law alumnus Carl Hittinger discusses the positions of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice as calls for antitrust investigations into “Big Tech” companies escalate. The agencies, which share civil antitrust enforcement authority, reportedly are tussling over the right to investigate social media, online retail, search engine, and app store companies, raising the possibility of wasted resources, duplicative investigations, inconsistent positions, and confusion.

ITS 2019

Each fall semester, Temple 1Ls spend three weeks negotiating and documenting some fairly straightforward deal elements in Introduction to Transactions Skills (ITS). Overseen by Professor Andrea Monroe, ITS requires all 1Ls to play the role of attorney to either a budding restauranteur or a potential investor and attempt to strike a deal to open a new restaurant.

Second in a series of four primers on the key legal regimes incentivizing and protecting whistleblowers who report fraud: the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblower programs.

Court Rejects Philadelphia’s Method of Assessing Condominium Properties

A recent Philadelphia Court ruling rejected a new land valuation method used by the city to assess the property tax burden of condominium owners. In rejecting the city’s approach, the court embraced the traditional valuation process more commonly used to assess the amount of property tax condominium owners must pay.

Supreme Court: Classwide Arbitration Requires Explicit Consent

On April 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Lamps Plus, Inc., et. al. v. Varela, No 17-988. In a 5-4 opinion, the Court held that an ambiguous agreement cannot provide the requisite contractual basis to support a finding that the parties agreed to submit a dispute to class arbitration.