Competition

  • August 6, 2007

    EU Will Allow E.On to Acquire Viesgo, Parts of Endesa

    The European Union announced Monday that German energy company E.On AG could acquire the Spanish company Viesgo and part of Endesa, another Spanish company, saying that the deal would not hurt consumers.

  • August 7, 2007

    Defendants In ATM Fee Case Seek Summary Judgment

    The banks and credit unions that are part of First Data Corp.’s ATM network have lashed out at a purported antitrust class action alleging they fixed interchange fees, arguing that the case is based on a meritless theory of antitrust liability.

  • August 3, 2007

    DRAM Counsel Seek Approval Of $67M Samsung Deal

    Class counsel representing the direct purchasers in their massive antitrust action over DRAM technology have asked a federal court to grant final approval of defendant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s $67 million settlement in the case.

  • August 3, 2007

    Plaintiffs Propose “Road Map” For Drug Pricing Suit

    The plaintiffs in the massive antitrust class action alleging a slew of drug makers defrauded consumers by artificially inflating the prices of various prescription medications have presented the court with a "road map" for how best to organize the complex litigation.

  • August 3, 2007

    Senate Hears Testimony On Leegin Decision

    Advocates and opponents of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Leegin decision, which overturned a 95-year old rule barring minimum price standards for retailers, did battle Tuesday in front of a U.S. Senate subcomittee, with one witness calling on the Senate to make such standards illegal again.

  • August 3, 2007

    Tyco Severs Rochester Antitrust Suit From Others

    Rochester Medical Corp.'s antitrust claims against Tyco International (U.S.) Inc. have been severed from those against the other remaining defendant, setting the stage for an early 2008 trial.

  • August 3, 2007

    EC Nears Completion Of MasterCard Probe

    The European Commission will complete its probe into MasterCard Inc.'s interchange fees and rule on the legality of the payments by autumn, the credit card company said on Friday.

  • August 3, 2007

    Chemtura Buries Another Hatchet Over Price Fixing

    Chemtura Corp. has brokered a $15 million settlement with class plaintiffs over its alleged role in a conspiracy to fix polyester polyol prices.

  • August 2, 2007

    EU Releases List Of "Black Sheep" Telecom Cos.

    Though European Union telecommunications companies have largely complied with the European Commission's new mobile roaming directive, service providers in Cyprus, Belgium, Latvia, Estonia and Finland have fallen short.

  • August 2, 2007

    EU Investigates Bleach Cartel

    The European Commission has accused several chemical companies of conspiring to fix the price of bleach, sending a formal notice to a group of companies that make sodium chlorate.

  • August 2, 2007

    CFTC To Examine Energy Trading Regulations

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will gather members of energy trading, financial services and energy consumer groups in an effort to help Congress determine whether stricter controls on energy exchanges are needed.

  • August 2, 2007

    BanxCorp Hits Bankrate With Monopoly Allegations

    A small financial information aggregator has accused that market's giant, Bankrate Inc., of a laundry list of antitrust violations, including predatory pricing, engaging in illegal mergers, and seeking and maintaining a monopoly.

  • August 2, 2007

    Judge Signs Off On $22M DRAM Antitrust Settlement

    The judge presiding over the direct purchasers’ DRAM antitrust class action has granted final approval of the remaining three defendants’ settlement for a total of $22 million, bringing to an end a five-year legal dispute with a group of computer chip manufacturers.

  • August 1, 2007

    AAI Attacks Whole Foods-Wild Oats Deal

    The union of Whole Foods Market Inc. and Wild Oats Markets Inc. would most likely harm consumers by eliminating a major rivalry between the two of the country's largest natural foods that has forced them to drive down prices, a think tank has said.

  • August 1, 2007

    British Airways Fined $550M By U.K., U.S. Regulators

    In a landmark fine, British Airways will pay $550 million to bring an end to allegations that it conspired with other airlines to set fuel charge prices for passengers and cargo.

  • August 1, 2007

    IMF Urges Member States To Adopt Trading Rules

    The International Monetary Fund has urged European Union member states to hasten their implementation of EU share trading rules, claiming that once the policy is in place, it will foster competition and economic growth.

  • August 1, 2007

    French Government Pledges To Correct Energy Law

    The French government will introduce a new energy law this fall aimed at correcting current regulations that base energy rates on the location of the customer.

  • August 2, 2007

    Fujitsu, Nanya To Consolidate DRAM Suits

    A judge has cleared the way for Fujitsu Ltd. and Nanya Technology Corp. to combine their patent and antitrust disputes over computer memory devices, and has sided with Fujitsu in deciding that the patent claims should be dealt with first.

  • August 1, 2007

    Judge Issues Mixed Ruling In Drug Pricing Suit

    A judge has handed down a mixed ruling in a massive antitrust case against a slew of drug companies accused of scamming Medicare, allowing in part and denying in part the defendants’ motion to toss claims that they artificially inflated prices for prescription drugs.

  • July 31, 2007

    North Carolina AG Gets Good News In Bid-Rigging Case

    North Carolina's Attorney General is celebrating a victory after a judge ordered an environmental consulting firm to pay more than $350,000 for its alleged involvement in a bid-rigging scheme, bringing the total recovered in the case to $1 million.