Competition

  • March 13, 2007

    DOJ May Block Derivative Exchange Merger

    The U.S. Department of Justice may be gearing up to block the impending merger of derivatives exchanges Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. and CBOT Holdings Inc., according to reports.

  • March 13, 2007

    E.U. Proposes Class Actions To Boost Single Market

    The European Commission proposed Tuesday to give European consumers the power to collectively seek damages from companies that provided them with flawed products or services, arguing the option is necessary if businesses and customers are to benefit from a single market.

  • March 13, 2007

    Toronto Snapshot: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

    When the Canadian Competition Bureau needs legal advice, the commissioner turns to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s competition and marketing law group, which offers an efficient competition practice firmly grounded in a national full service firm.

  • March 14, 2007

    Toronto Snapshot: Heenan Blaikie LLP

    Heenan Blaikie LLP’s national trade and competition group may be a new kid on the Canadian competition law block, but with help from the firm’s litigation practice, integrated partnership and entertainment industry clients, the group has set itself apart in a few short years.

  • March 13, 2007

    Braintree Labs Hit With Antitrust Suit Over MiraLax

    A New York drug cooperative has filed a proposed class action against Braintree Laboratories Inc., accusing the drug maker of conspiring to block rivals from marketing a generic version of its laxative MiraLax and improperly listing a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • March 12, 2007

    E.U. Joins Attacks Against iTunes

    Joining a bandwagon of consumer groups that have criticized Apple Inc.’s iTunes, a European commissioner on Monday denounced the company for bundling its online music store with its market-topping digital music player.

  • March 12, 2007

    Toronto Snapshot: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

    Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP boasts one of the largest and most experienced competition groups in Canada, which alone sets it apart in the growing world of Canadian competition law.

  • March 12, 2007

    Intel Bosses May Have Failed To Back Up E-Mails

    Intel Corp.’s chief and chairman were among senior executives who failed to keep potentially critical e-mails that are at the center of the company's long-running antitrust dispute with Advanced Micro Devices, according to court documents.

  • March 12, 2007

    U.S., Korea Resolve Antitrust Issues In Trade Deal

    U.S. and Korean negotiators wrapped up free trade talks Monday, reaching consensus on competition policy and remaining confident both sides could strike a pact before the April 2 deadline.

  • March 12, 2007

    FTC Follows Through On Express Scripts Query

    As previously feared, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a second request for information to Express Scripts, concerned over the antitrust implications of the pharmacy benefit manager’s hostile bid for rival Caremark.

  • March 9, 2007

    Express Scripts Maintains Antitrust OK Within Reach

    Though Caremark’s board has voiced antitrust concerns, pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. insists that its hostile takeover offer for the rival can secure regulatory approval in time.

  • March 12, 2007

    California Doctors Claim Blue Cross Payments Unfair

    A group of California physicians on Thursday filed suit against Wellpoint Health Networks Inc., its affiliate Blue Cross of California and the State Compensation Insurance Fund, alleging the defendants conspired to pay doctors who treat workers’ compensation patients below fair market value.

  • March 9, 2007

    Intel's Foreign Conduct Off Limits In Class Action

    A court has granted Intel Corp’s motion to dismiss claims of foreign misconduct brought in an antitrust class action by U.S. consumers.

  • March 9, 2007

    Microsoft To Miss Antitrust Compliance Deadlines

    United States antitrust regulators are losing their patience with Microsoft Corp., which has fallen behind on deadlines to disclose interoperability protocols to other companies.

  • March 9, 2007

    Toronto Snapshot: Miller Thomson LLP

    Although modern Canadian competition law is relatively young, national firm Miller Thomson LLP’s competition law group has managed to define itself as a leader in the industry, thanks to a mix of extraordinary growth and innovative cross-industry practice groups.

  • March 9, 2007

    Circuit Hears Washington's Liquor Antitrust Case

    A circuit court heard arguments Thursday on whether state regulations on alcohol violate federal antitrust laws in a case that could put several states’ liquor restrictions at risk.

  • March 9, 2007

    Texas Regulators Want To Weigh In On TXU Deal

    The controversial $44 billion takeover of TXU Corp. has sparked discussion in the Texas Senate about whether the state's utilities regulator should have more power to review and take action on mergers.

  • March 8, 2007

    E.C. Mulls Fresh Approach To Unbundling

    Facing mounting opposition from energy firms, the European Union's competition watchdog is reportedly mulling alternatives to its proposals to increase competition in the energy sector by forcing companies to unbundle their production and distribution capabilities.

  • March 8, 2007

    Senators Call For Insurance Reforms

    Insurance companies’ responses to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina have highlighted the need for federal antitrust regulation of the industry, Sens. Trent Lott and Mary Landrieu said Wednesday.

  • March 8, 2007

    Kroes Frowns On Class Actions, Treble Damages

    The European Union's competition commissioner on Thursday stressed the importance of maintaining a distinctly European system for dealing with antitrust issues, but also said that Europe should draw on the experiences of other countries.