Competition

  • September 11, 2006

    Scrutiny Of Deals Jumped In 2005: FTC Report

    The number of merger investigations in which the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued second requests jumped about 43% in 2005 compared to one year earlier, according to a report released by the agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 11, 2006

    DOJ Forces Alltel To Sell Some Assets

    Alltel Corp. must divest itself certain assets in rural Minnesota before it can go ahead with its $1.1 billion purchase of Midwest Wireless Holdings LLC, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • September 11, 2006

    E.U. To Include Fresh AMD Claims In Overall Probe

    Still investigating Intel Corp.’s allegedly anti-competitive behavior, the European Commission is broadening its probe to see whether the microprocessor giant pressured German retailer Metro AG not to sell computer chips made by its nemesis, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

  • September 11, 2006

    Lufthansa Settles Air Cargo Suits For $85M

    Airline Deutsche Lufthansa will pay $85 million to dodge civil lawsuits filed in the wake of an international investigation into price-fixing in the air cargo industry.

  • September 8, 2006

    Office Of Fair Trading Sanctioned For Trading Curbs

    A move by Britain’s Office of Fair Trading to prohibit the London Metal Exchange from extending trading hours has landed the competition watchdog in hot water.

  • September 8, 2006

    Japan Invokes Leniency Measure In Bid-Rigging Case

    Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has decided not to impose fines on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. after the company stepped forward and confessed to taking part in a bid-rigging plot for an expressway tunnel ventilation system contract.

  • September 8, 2006

    Wright Backers Rescind Blanket Immunity Clause

    In a bid to quell the boiling debate over a proposed bill that would eliminate flight restrictions at Dallas Love Field airport, the parties who penned a June deal to phase out the Wright Amendment have agreed to slash some of the bill's controversial language.

  • September 8, 2006

    E.C. Accepts France's "Golden Share" Proposal

    The European Commission said on Friday that France’s plan to keep a controlling stake in the planned merger between energy firms Gaz de France and Suez appeared to be legal.

  • September 8, 2006

    Suit Contends Sale Could Give Hearst Unfair Stake

    As the antitrust litigation over the McClatchy Co. newspaper sale unfolds, new court documents filed Friday claimed the controversial $1 billion deal could unfairly leave Hearst Corp., the owner of the San Francisco Chronicle, with a stake in its rival Bay Area papers.

  • September 8, 2006

    7th Circuit Smokes Discount Tobacco Retailer's Appeal

    A federal appeals court has upheld verdicts in R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s favor in an antitrust and trademark dispute with discount retailers.

  • September 7, 2006

    Collins & Aikman Blasts Creditors' Bid

    Collins & Aikman Corp. fired back at its unsecured creditors Tuesday, calling their bid to investigate three of the company’s largest suppliers over antitrust accusations a ploy to bolster their bargaining position.

  • September 7, 2006

    Microsoft Antitrust Case Worries E.U. Politicians

    Unhappy with possible delays of Microsoft’s highly anticipated Vista operating system, four European parliament members criticized European regulators Thursday for their ongoing antitrust scrutiny of the software giant.

  • September 7, 2006

    Monopoly Charges In Suit Over L.A.'s Staples Center

    In a David-and-Goliath battle, a church group unit that owns one of Southern California’s biggest entertainment arenas has filed a $5 million lawsuit alleging another arena owner has engaged in a conspiracy to monopolize the Los Angeles entertainment market.

  • September 7, 2006

    Howrey Adds Three Experts To Brussels Office

    Continuing the strategic expansion of its Brussels office, U.S. powerhouse Howrey LLP has snagged three lawyers to beef up its antitrust and health care practices in the Belgian capital.

  • September 7, 2006

    E.U. Takes Aim At Cross-Border Bank Mergers

    After eyeing the financial industry over anti-competitive concerns for months, the European Commission is poised to take action with proposals that will usher in stricter rules for cross-border bank mergers.

  • September 6, 2006

    Microsoft Consultant Aims To Hire E.U. Trust-Buster

    In a surprising twist, the European Commission official who was to take the helm at the Microsoft antitrust case has asked to work for a consultancy firm that has the software company as a client.

  • September 6, 2006

    DOJ Indicts Stolt On Bid-Rigging Charges

    Despite a last-ditch effort to avoid prosecution, transport company Stolt-Nielsen SA has been indicted by the Department of Justice for its role in a bid-rigging scheme in the global carrier industry.

  • September 6, 2006

    Vivendi Wins BMG In €1.63B Buyout

    In a move that already has some independent record companies raising antitrust concerns, Vivendi's Universal Music—the world's largest seller of recorded music—said on Wednesday it has agreed to purchase BMG Music Publishing in a €1.63 billion deal.

  • September 6, 2006

    MasterCard To Disclose Interchange Rates

    In a move to ease tensions with U.S. merchants and bring greater transparency to its interchange process, MasterCard Inc. is making plans to post its interchange fee schedule on its Web site.

  • September 6, 2006

    E.U. Renews Opposition To Blocking Takeovers

    As the French parliament prepares to debate an energy bill that will decide whether the proposed Gaz de France-Suez merger goes through, the European Commission has once again come out against the blocking of takeovers by a government.