Competition

  • March 20, 2006

    Hawaiian Air Accused Of Antitrust Violations

    Hawaiian Airlines Inc. has been accused of violating antitrust laws by using its bankruptcy proceedings to prevent a low-cost competitor from entering the carrier’s regional stronghold—the Hawaiian state’s popular inter-island market.

  • March 20, 2006

    Zurich American Settles In Bid-Rigging Dust-Up

    The Zurich American Insurance Company agreed to shell out $171.7 million as part of a settlement deal with Texas and a host of other states, putting an end to charges that it engaged in commercial insurance bid-rigging and price-fixing.

  • March 20, 2006

    Former FTC Official Rejoins Wilson Sonsini

    Fresh off a five year stint at the Federal Trade Commission, Susan Creighton has returned to her old firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to rejoin the ranks as a partner in the antitrust division.

  • March 17, 2006

    EU Commissioner Wants Research Reform

    European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes will submit new rules involving state aid aimed at increasing research and development funding for smaller companies in an effort designed to encourage more competition across the continent.

  • March 17, 2006

    Belgian PM Continues Battle Against French Utilities

    Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, worried that the impending merger between French utilities Gaz de France SA and Suez SA would dominate his country’s energy market, has asked the European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes to investigate the matter.

  • March 17, 2006

    DOJ Amnesty Behind Chemical Subpoenas: Expert

    With the Department of Justice issuing more subpoenas to chemical companies this week, the latest requests suggest that the DOJ’s amnesty program has become an increasingly effective tool in antitrust investigations, one expert speculates.

  • March 23, 2006

    Experts Question Effectiveness Of E.U. Modernization

    A vast overhaul of European competition law could radically change the way antitrust cases are being prosecuted. But incongruous legal traditions and skimpy enforcement resources are putting a damper on the ambitious project, experts warn.

  • March 17, 2006

    France Moves To Quell Growing iPod Storm

    A debate over the stronghold in the online music industry held by Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod and iTunes is heating up in France, where lawmakers have proposed a bill that would give the company’s rivals access to its exclusive file formats. The move threatens to force Apple out of France—the third-largest digital music market in Europe.

  • March 23, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Skadden Arps

    As a pure "merger shop," Skadden Arps' Brussels office has chosen a different business model than most of its U.S. counterparts in the Belgian capital.

  • March 17, 2006

    Air Cargo Surcharges: Global Scheme or Coincidence?

    Last month’s dawn raid has put the $60 billion air cargo industry on notice, with experts suggesting the defendants could face fines of hundreds of millions of dollars. But proving a global conspiracy to fix prices won’t be an easy task for U.S., European and Korean antitrust authorities.

  • March 16, 2006

    National Stock Exchanges To Settle Class Action For $43M

    A long-running class action antitrust case concerning the listing of options for trading on national exchanges is slated to settle for more than $43 million.

  • March 16, 2006

    EC Asserts Jurisdiction In Proposed E.On Merger

    The European Commission has affirmed that merger laws give it the authority to review the proposed takeover of Spain’s Endesa SA by Germany’s E.On AG. The same laws had prevented the EC from reviewing the proposed merger of Endesa and Barcelona-based Gas Natural last year.

  • March 22, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Hogan & Hartson

    As increased European Commission scrutiny of competition law violations have companies scrambling for antitrust representation, the Brussels office of Hogan & Hartson has taken the opportunity to beef up its practice group, adding partner John Pheasant to its roster.

  • March 16, 2006

    U.K. Airline Stops Flights, Alleging French “Monopoly”

    U.K. airline easyJet PLC halted flights from Paris to Ajaccio on Thursday, suggesting that French authorities have blocked their planned service in the interest of protecting the market domination currently enjoyed by Air France-KLM and the Corsican airline CCM.

  • March 16, 2006

    Toyota Resolves Antitrust Suits For $35M

    Cutting its ties from a string of antitrust lawsuits that have dragged on since 2003, Toyota Motor Sales USA has decided to pony up $35 million to resolve approximately 75 pending suits alleging the company colluded with other auto makers to block U.S. customers from seeking lower prices in Canada.

  • March 15, 2006

    E.U. Officials Divided Over Energy Regulator Proposal

    Amid a growing sensitivity to energy prices and national protectionism across the continent, the first full debate on whether the European Union should adopt a bid by the European Commission to instate a single regulator to oversee the country’s €250 billion electricity and natural-gas markets has left energy ministers divided.

  • March 15, 2006

    WTO Suspends Original Deadline For Subsidy Dispute

    Setting the course for a drawn-out and costly battle, the United States and the European Union have deadlocked in an ugly dispute over government subsidies to two airplane manufacturers before the World Trade Organization, prompting the WTO to formally suspend the original July deadline for the investigation’s completion.

  • March 21, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Latham & Watkins

    One of the most recent additions to the competition law practices in Brussels, Latham & Watkins has drawn on the diverse experience of its attorneys to quickly build a sought-after team.

  • March 15, 2006

    Abbott Bids To Toss Antitrust Charges Over TriCor

    A persistent legal battle plagues Abbott Laboratories one year after the company resolved a patent dispute with Israeli drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., which has accused Abbott of antitrust violations over its blockbuster cholesterol treatment TriCor.

  • March 15, 2006

    BASF, Daiichi Vitamin Cartel Fines Slashed By E.U. Court

    A European Union court has slashed fines that had been imposed on the world’s largest chemical company, BASF AG, for its role in illegal vitamin cartels, ruling that regulators failed to prove the company's role as a cartel ringleader.