Antitrust legal eyes are glued to the first U.S. Department of Justice court challenge to a purely vertical merger since the 1970s, a deal AT&T and Time Warner say they need just to stay competitive but which the government says will drive up consumers' TV bills by hundreds of millions of dollars. Here, Law360 looks at how we got here, the key issues to watch and the highlights of the trial so far.
In a bid to block a €22-billion takeover deal, Endesa, Spain's largest electricity supplier, has launched an attack against Gas Natural SDG SA in a U.S. federal court, alleging the company made false and misleading disclosures in its move to acquire Endesa.
Frustrated abroad, Microsoft Corp. has run back under the skirt of the United States in hopes that the nation’s courts can help the software giant in its continued battle over a 2004 European Union antitrust ruling.
One month after winning a $112-million jury verdict in its patent infringement countersuit, Texas Instruments Inc. has dodged charges in concurrent antitrust litigation after the plaintiff failed to prove the patents in suit constitute market power.
Citing "nationalist rhetoric," European regulators are planning to warn Poland’s government over its attempts to block a bank merger that has already been approved by the European Commission.
The European Commission has initiated an antitrust investigation into medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp.’s $27-billion takeover bid for heart device maker Guidant Corp.
The world’s top music labels are coming under fire from the U.S. Department of Justice over possible anti-competitive pricing schemes arranged by the increasingly busy online music industry.
Investigating whether France illegally blocked an Italian utility company’s takeover bid, the European Commission ordered France to explain by March 17 the events that resulted in a merger between two French energy companies, Suez and Gaz de France.
Hounded by monopoly abuse claims for more than half a century, leading diamond distributor De Beers is still mired in litigation after a long-standing class action antitrust lawsuit was recently transferred to New Jersey federal district court.
Microsoft has turned the tables on the European Commission over the antitrust case against the company, alleging that the Commission is concealing evidence and conspiring against the software giant.
Europe's largest mergers and acquisitions should be reviewed by the European Commission, the European Union’s top antitrust official, European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes, said in a speech this week, amid recent concerns over European countries' protectionist tendencies in blocking foreign takeovers.
In an effort to prompt an investigation into a planned merger between two French energy giants, the Italian utility company Enel sent a memorandum to the European Commission Thursday.
Four executives of chip maker Hynix Semiconductor have pled guilty to participating in an illegal price-fixing scheme and have agreed to serve time in prison.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Alza Corporation has been smacked with a class-action antitrust lawsuit, accusing the unit of illegally trying to keep generic versions of overactive bladder drug Ditropan XL off the shelf.
A longstanding rivalry between two microchip competitors intensified as Advanced Micro Devices Inc. subpoenaed an eBay subsidiary as part of an antitrust lawsuit against Intel Corp.
A government service cooperative has charged AstraZeneca with violating U.S. competition law, the latest swipe in a string of suits filed by nearly a dozen unions, pension funds and government agencies accusing the pharmaceutical giant of illegally trying to prevent generic versions of its blockbuster heart drug, Toprol-XL, from entering the marketplace.
The European Union is considering legal action against the French government amid complaints about inadequate responses to what the Commission charges is France’s protectionist behavior concerning foreign takeovers.
Rejecting claims of gasoline price fixing, The U.S. Supreme Court has tossed out an antitrust lawsuit that accused oil giants Shell Oil Co. and Texaco Inc. of artificially inflating gas prices by over $1 billion.
In a hastily arranged move to fend off a hostile bid from Italy’s power company Enel, Gaz de France SA said it will take over the energy and water supplier Suez SA in a €39 billion merger.
Japanese contractors accused of rigging bids for construction projects on U.S. bases in Japan will take steps to end the practice, which has become increasingly widespread in public works projects in the country.
Hoping to avoid paying a daily fine of about $2.4 million for not complying with the European Commission’s antitrust ruling, Microsoft has launched an attack against the Commission on its Web site.