Competition

  • June 20, 2006

    Shareholder Suit Against Stolt-Nielsen Will Proceed

    Beleaguered transportation and storage company Stolt-Nielsen SA will not be able to cross a shareholder lawsuit off its list of legal worries, after a judge denied the company’s motion to dismiss the class action.

  • June 20, 2006

    FTC Lifts Ban On Liberty Stake In Time Warner

    Removing a ban initially imposed on Liberty Media to preserve competition in the cable market, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has cleared the way for the Time Warner Inc. shareholder to vote its minority stake in the media and entertainment giant.

  • June 20, 2006

    E.C. Launches Antitrust Inquiry Into SkyTeam

    Air carriers Delta, Continental and Northwest are being eyed by the European Commission over possible antitrust violations stemming from their alliance with seven other airlines in Europe and Asia.

  • June 20, 2006

    Supreme Court Declines To Hear Appeal In "Tying" Brawl

    Claims of anti-competitive behavior have fallen on deaf ears, with the U.S. Supreme Court refusing to take on the appeal of a decision favoring U.S. Philips Corp. in a long and messy fight over “tying” patents to CD-ROM technology licenses.

  • June 20, 2006

    Exxon, BP Survive Antitrust Scare

    An antitrust lawsuit against BP Plc. and ExxonMobil Corp. was dismissed Monday by a district court judge in Alaska, who ruled that the oil giants did not break the law by refusing to sell natural gas to a rival group or by teaming up with ConocoPhillips to negotiate the building of their own $20 billion natural gas pipeline.

  • June 20, 2006

    Three Gas Traders Admit To Price Manipulation

    A federal investigation into price manipulation in the natural gas markets continues to net guilty pleas, with three more traders admitting to organizing a conspiracy to skew the price of natural gas.

  • June 20, 2006

    Fed Up With Low Wages, Nurses Target Hospitals

    As the American health care system faces skyrocketing costs and a growing nursing shortage, a group of nurses is taking aim at a slew of hospital systems in four federal class actions filed this week, accusing the hospitals of putting their bottom line ahead of fair wages by conspiring to keep nurses' salaries at artificially low levels.

  • June 19, 2006

    Airbus Poised To Request State Aid

    Aircraft manufacturer Airbus may soon ask for state aid in order to complete its A380 plane on time, a request that would add fuel to the already intense debate between the United States and the European Union over subsidies given to Airbus and rival Boeing Corp.

  • June 19, 2006

    E.C. Probes Gaz de France, Suez Deal

    The European Commission has decided to take an in-depth look at the proposed merger between French energy companies Gaz de France and Suez SA, after twice postponing approval of the deal.

  • June 19, 2006

    Supreme Court Looks To Solicitor General In IPO Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the Bush administration to weigh in on whether shareholders should be able to file antitrust claims against the world’s leading investment banks over their role in initial public offerings.

  • June 19, 2006

    U.K. Plans To Keep Spotlight On MasterCard Fees

    Although it has dropped its original action against MasterCard, the Office of Fair Trading said it plans to carry on with its six-year investigation into the credit card association’s interchange fees for allegedly violating competition laws in the European Union and United Kingdom.

  • June 19, 2006

    Index Funds Can Trade Without License, Court Rules

    A move by two major financial publishers to bar trading of options linked to their indices was barred by an appeals court in a case that hinges in part on unfair competition claims.

  • June 19, 2006

    Battle Brews Over Real Estate "Cartel"

    The real estate brokerage industry is a “price-setting cartel” that aims to limit consumers’ knowledge of the market and unfairly thwart competition from nontraditional brokers, a new study charges.

  • June 16, 2006

    Court Upholds FCC Rules On Network Unbundling

    In a victory for federal regulators, a U.S. appeals court Friday upheld an attempt by the Federal Communication Commission to implement rules requiring the Baby Bell companies to rent parts of their networks to rivals.

  • June 16, 2006

    Watchdog To Probe British Grocery Market

    Caving to pressure from the Association of Convenience Stores, a British antitrust watchdog has decided to launch an inquiry into the allegedly anti-competitive practices of supermarket chains in England.

  • June 16, 2006

    Australia Overhauls Merger Guidelines

    Forging ahead in its efforts to revamp its antitrust laws, Australia’s competition watchdog has refreshed its merger guidelines to include a provision for confidential reviews, which will shield information concerning proposed mergers.

  • June 16, 2006

    E.U. Commissioner ‘Not Pleased’ With Raid Findings

    The dawn raids on energy companies in the European Union conducted last month revealed some questionable business practices, E.U. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said on Friday.

  • June 16, 2006

    More Countries Take Aim At Apple’s iPod

    Feeling the heat on all fronts, Apple Computer Inc. is being targeted by more European and Asian countries to break open its iTunes monopoly so songs purchased for its popular iPod digital music player can be played on any portable music player.

  • June 15, 2006

    Antitrust Concerns May Delay Telecom Bill

    In a development that threatens to further delay the passage of a far-reaching telecommunications bill, Senator Arlen Specter wants the Senate Judiciary Committee to weigh in on antitrust issues raised by the bill.

  • June 15, 2006

    Australia Rejects Telstra Bid To Raise Network Fees

    Australia’s competition regulator has disconnected Australian telecommunications company Telstra Corp.’s call to hike up the wholesale price it charges rivals to access its fixed-line network, claiming the new fee would cut off investment in the industry.