Competition

  • January 17, 2007

    Senate Bill Targets Reverse Payments

    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday he would introduce legislation to ban so-called reverse payments, saying deals between branded and generic drug makers delay cheaper drugs and cost consumers billions of dollars.

  • January 17, 2007

    E.U. Staff Pushing For Intel Charges: Report

    After a six-year investigation, staff members at the European Union have reportedly asked Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes to ready formal charges against microprocessor giant Intel Corp. for its alleged unfair business practices.

  • January 17, 2007

    AG Intervenes In MRI Kickback Suit

    The Illinois attorney general has joined an ongoing lawsuit against several Chicago-area radiology centers that paid illegal kickbacks to referring doctors, unsealing the case and revealing the scope of the scheme to the public.

  • January 17, 2007

    France Must Unbundle Too, Says Piebalgs

    Europe’s top energy commissioner has issued a fresh warning that France, which has opposed calls to quell anti-competitive practices in the energy sector through unbundling, will not be exempt from separating production from distribution networks.

  • January 17, 2007

    U.S. Competition Watchdog Decries Drug Deals

    As Congress hears arguments on so-called authorized generics, a new report by the Federal Trade Commission reveals what the antitrust watchdog calls a worrisome rise in cozy deals between generic and brand drug makers.

  • January 18, 2007

    Wilson Sonsini Opens Doors In D.C.

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has expanded its core practices in securities, intellectual property, antitrust and other areas of law on the East Coast with the opening of a new office in Washington D.C.

  • January 16, 2007

    Heller Ehrman Expands Into Europe

    In a move that should help it deal with the growing number of European antitrust lawsuits, Heller Ehrman LLP announced Tuesday that it would open a London office this spring.

  • January 16, 2007

    Germany Throws Support Behind Energy Deregulation

    The European Union has cleared another hurdle on the track to deregulating energy markets, after the German government dropped its opposition to the E.U.'s plan.

  • January 16, 2007

    Madrid Court Lifts Block On Endesa Bid

    The proposed takeover of Spanish energy company Endesa SA by German utility E.On AG inched closer to completion on Tuesday after a Madrid regional court lifted an injunction blocking a bid by Gas Natural.

  • January 16, 2007

    South Korea Considers Cartel Fine Reductions

    With South Korea facing an economic downturn, its antitrust regulator may reduce the amount of fines companies have to pay for price fixing and other illegal activities.

  • January 16, 2007

    Telstra Accuses Watchdog Of Unconstitutional Meddling

    Australia’s telecommunications giant Telstra has accused the country’s consumer watchdog of abusing its regulatory powers and breaching the constitution.

  • January 16, 2007

    Visa: E.U. Should Think Twice Before Scrapping Fees

    Eliminating interchange fees on credit cards transactions in Europe could spell the death of the European Union’s plans to create a convenient, cross-border payment system for companies and consumers, Visa Europe said Monday.

  • January 12, 2007

    Bill Would Give NFL Veto Power In Team Relocations

    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.

  • January 12, 2007

    U.K. Seeks Public Comment On BSkyB, ITV Deal

    The United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trade has asked for public comment to help it determine whether the British Sky Broadcasting Group’s acquisition of ITV shares should be considered a merger, and will negatively affect competition in the U.K. television market.

  • January 12, 2007

    Plaintiff Dismisses Chinese Vitamin C Antitrust Case

    The representative plaintiff in one of many antitrust cases brought against Chinese vitamin C makers alleging price-fixing has filed a motion to partially dismiss charges against one of four defendants after two years of litigation.

  • January 12, 2007

    Antitrust Suit Against Thomson Will Go Forward

    In a victory for aspiring lawyers, an antitrust lawsuit against Thomson Corp. will go forward after a ruling in Manhattan on Thursday, in which the owner of the Westlaw legal research service was told to prove it didn’t illegally force sales of its study materials.

  • January 11, 2007

    E.U. Eyes Damages In Antitrust Cases

    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.

  • January 11, 2007

    ING Hit With Suit Over Revenue Sharing

    Dutch insurance provider ING Groep NV has been hit with a lawsuit alleging the company took kickbacks from mutual fund companies in exchange for promoting certain funds.

  • January 11, 2007

    E.On Calls For Probe Into Acciona, Endesa Collusion

    Just one day after Spain’s highest court greenlighted the takeover of Spain’s Endesa SA by German utility E.On AG, the proposed merger encountered fresh troubles, with the Spanish stock market regulator CNMV revealing that E.On has called for a probe into possible collusion between Endesa and Spanish energy and construction firm Acciona SA.

  • January 11, 2007

    Cinema Chain Wins Dismissal Of Antitrust Case

    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the owners of a New York City movie theater alleging that a giant theater chain unfairly controlled the market through its booking practices.