Hoping to keep more national football teams rooted in their cities, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.) has proposed a bill to exempt the National Football League from certain antitrust laws, giving it veto power on a franchise’s plan to relocate.
In a step that moves Europe closer to a comprehensive system for civil antitrust litigation, the European Commission is preparing a research study on the economic impact of court-awarded damages.
The European Commission has extended the deadline for its decision on Universal Music Group’s bid to take over BMG’s music publishing business to the beginning of June.
As tortilla prices rise in Mexico to previously unseen levels, the nation’s competition watchdog said Thursday it would begin an investigation into possible industry price-fixing.
A U.S. delegation is in Brussels this week in hopes of finally negotiating an agreement with European Union officials to liberalize the transatlantic air travel market, which the two parties have wrangled over for more than three years.
In response to a report that found “serious competition problems” in Europe's energy industry, European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Wednesday warned that she might break up energy giants that hinder competition in the industry.
Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced “net neutrality” legislation Tuesday that would stop broadband service providers from charging additional fees for high-speed access.
A Minnesota state representative is seeking to revamp a decades-old pricing law that retail pharmaceutical giants Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. claim prevents them from offering certain generics drugs at $4 in the state.
The European Union's top antitrust official has issued fresh warning calls that the best solution to anti-competitive practices in the energy sector would be forcing companies to separate production from distribution networks.
As European Union regulators prepare to make public the results of a long-running probe into the energy sector, Europe’s largest energy companies may be the subject of a renewed crackdown after early reports revealed the inquiry found evidence of anti-competitive practices.
Noting an error in calculation, Italian antitrust regulators have altered the fines leveled against jet fuel providers Shell and Total in 2005 for allegedly engaging in anti-competitive behavior.
The newly controlled Democratic Congress, which came into power Thursday, may not have any legal authority over high-profile mergers. But it is expected to put more pressure on the Department of Justice and other government agencies, making divestitures and even merger rejections more likely in the telecommunications, media and airline industries.
For much of its history, the Supreme Court has granted cert to at most one or two antitrust cases a year. But 2007 is turning out different, as the Court already has at least four competition cases on its schedule, with the possibility of more to come.
Authorized generics are sure to be heavily debated again this year, since Democrats will likely push legislation to prohibit brand-name drug makers from marketing generic versions of their own drugs.
With new majorities in both houses of Congress, the Democrats will have a chance to reshape antitrust policy once the 2007 congressional session begins. However, they will be up against many challenges that make drastic change improbable, experts say.
With at least four cases before the Supreme Court and many others scattered throughout federal district courts, 2007 is shaping up to be an important year in antitrust law.
The U.S. Department of Justice obtained more than $473 million in fines in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2006, an increase of over 40% from the preceding year, thanks in large part to the success of its crackdown on an international memory chip cartel, the DOJ said.
The number of second requests in U.S. merger reviews dropped to just 1% in the fiscal year ended Sept. 31, despite a sharp rise in merger and acquisition activity, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The European Parliament’s transport committee has decided to support more competition on the continent’s national railway networks, which puts it at odds with the Council of the European Union.
The European Commission’s antitrust authority is delaying until January making a decision about a cartel for electricity-transmission technology involving some of the largest multinational firms in Europe and Asia.
Recently, the European Commission unveiled its long-awaited guidance on the application of Article 82 EC to single firm conduct. All firms that are or could be targets of complaints — or might complain against perceived anti-competitive conduct by a dominant firm — should familiarize themselves, say Christian Duvernoy, Frederic Louis, Gabriele Accardo and Vivien Terrien of WilmerHale LLP.
The use of unjust enrichment by plaintiffs counsel in indirect purchaser, multistate antitrust actions is a clever innovation and can be difficult to defend at the pleadings stage. Still, courts need to recognize the inherently vague nature of the claim, especially when asserted by indirect purchasers, whose claims are already inherently speculative, say Leslie E. John and Jason A. Leckerman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP.
The D.C. Circuit's decision in FTC v. Whole Foods Market Inc. creates a much lower standard for the Federal Trade Commission to obtain a preliminary injunction than exists for its sister antitrust enforcement agency, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, say Scott M. Mendel, Jeffrey B. Aaronson and Lauren N. Norris of Bell Boyd & Lloyd LLC.
China's implementation of the Anti-Monopoly Law this past summer may well stimulate the emergence and modernization of other antitrust regimes in Asia, say William O. Fifield, Yang Chen and Yang Ing Loong of Sidley Austin LLP.
Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th president of the United States is certain to bring an increase in consumer protection regulation and enforcement across industries to levels not seen by American businesses since before Ronald Reagan initiated widespread deregulation nearly 30 years ago, says Lewis Rose of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
While the U.S. Government Accountability Office's recent report on energy markets is unlikely to set off a flood of retrospective reviews of petroleum industry mergers, several important lessons can be drawn from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's response, say Jerry L. Beane and Kay Lynn Brumbaugh of Andrews Kurth LLP.
For any defendant, the decision to testify or to exercise his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent is a complicated, sometimes gut-wrenching choice. Perhaps Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, would have been convicted even if he had kept quiet. But perhaps not, says Joseph J. Aronica of Duane Morris LLP.
What can defense counsel do when faced with concurrent federal and state court antitrust class actions? The strategies are limited, but if pursued successfully, the rewards can be great, says David H. Bamberger of DLA Piper.
The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent decision in favor of Hydro Quebec Energy Services is not only the resolution of a specific complaint, but is also intended to provide guidance to market participants about the FERC enforcement staff's thought process regarding market manipulation, say Terence Healey and Gregory K. Lawrence of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.
In American Needle Inc. v. National Football League, the Seventh Circuit further extended Copperweld immunity beyond the traditional parent-subsidiary relationship, say Geraldine M. Alexis and Marta M. Palacios of Perkins Coie LLP.