Competition

  • November 27, 2007

    Korean President Approves Samsung Bribery Probe

    While battling claims that he and his aides may have been bribed by Samsung Group, South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun agreed on Tuesday to an independent investigation of the corruption scandal rocking one of the world's biggest electronics conglomerates.

  • November 27, 2007

    Pfizer Wins Discovery Spat In Lipitor Off-Market Suit

    Pfizer Inc. has scored a win in a fight over discovery in a case involving 11 ERISA benefit funds that claimed the drug maker improperly marketed its blockbuster cholesterol treatment Lipitor for off-market uses.

  • November 27, 2007

    Q&A With Pillsbury Winthrop's Roxane Polidora And Richard Liebeskind

    The DOJ and FTC should not be afraid to bring cases, especially merger cases, when they need to be brought, say Pillsbury Winthrop's Roxane Polidora and Richard Liebeskind in our series of chats with high-profile antitrust lawyers.

  • November 27, 2007

    Nifedipine Plaintiffs Win Class Certification Bid

    Direct purchasers have been granted their bid for class certification in the multidistrict antitrust litigation alleging Biovail Corp., Elan Corp. Plc and Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. conspired to restrain the sale of nifedipine, a generic version of hypertension drug Adalat CC.

  • November 26, 2007

    Judge Certifies Class In Label Market MDL

    While slightly modifying the terms, a judge has granted class certification in an antitrust suit alleging that a number of companies conspired to restrain trade in the market for pressure-sensitive labelstock.

  • November 26, 2007

    U.K. Hikes Merger Review Standard Up To $20M

    The United Kingdom's Office of Fair Trade has raised its threshold for mergers and acquisitions that must undergo review before gaining approval to $20.7 million, which is about 25 times higher than deals must currently be worth to attract an inquiry.

  • November 26, 2007

    Radiologists Seek Counsel's Dismissal

    A handful of radiologists wants Weiss & Zarett PC, counsel for the plaintiffs in a trio of antitrust suits, tossed from the litigation because the firm allegedly spent years representing them in related matters.

  • November 26, 2007

    Brewer Merger Stirs Up Antitrust Concerns

    A potential union between SABMiller Plc and Molson Coors Brewing Co. has come under regulatory scrutiny, with the U.S. Department of Justice issuing a second request for information on the brewers’ agreement to forge a joint venture of their U.S. and Puerto Rican businesses.

  • November 26, 2007

    Judge Dismisses Suit Over Ky. Price-Gouging Law

    Marathon Oil Corp.'s countersuit asserting that a Kentucky anti-price-gouging law is unconstitutional has been tossed out of federal court. Kentucky’s $89 million enforcement action accusing Marathon of raising gas prices after Hurricane Katrina is now the sole battlefield for the dispute between the parties.

  • November 21, 2007

    T-Mobile To Sell Unlocked IPhone In Germany

    Deutsche Telekom AG has announced that, in accordance with a court order, customers in Germany will now be able to purchase unlocked Apple Inc. iPhones from its T-Mobile subsidiary without signing a contract.

  • November 21, 2007

    Philips Targeted In Cathode-Ray Antitrust Probe

    Dutch Royal Philips Electronics NV joined the ranks of its competitors Wednesday, saying it too was being investigated by officials for violating competition laws in the cathode-ray tube industry.

  • November 21, 2007

    Zipper Makers Hit With Suit Over Worldwide Cartel

    Two months after being hit by over €300 million in fines in the European Union, several of the world’s largest haberdashery product manufacturers are now facing a proposed class action lawsuit in the United States over their alleged participation in illegal cartels.

  • November 20, 2007

    Glossy Paper Tariffs Blocked By ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission decided Tuesday that U.S. companies are not being harmed by the importation of low-cost glossy paper from Asia in a ruling that effectively blocks any duties being imposed on those imports.

  • November 20, 2007

    Sony, Maxell, Fuji Hit With €74.8M Price-Fixing Fine

    The European Commission has slapped Sony, Fuji and Maxell with fines totaling more than €74 million ($110 million) for allegedly fixing prices on professional videotapes sold in Europe, in a move the antitrust watchdog painted as an example of its ability to go after cartels without tips from immunity applicants.

  • November 20, 2007

    T-Mobile Will Object To IPhone Injunction

    Deutsche Telekom AG has vowed to fight a German court’s injunction on selling models of Apple Inc.'s iPhone that are only compatible with the telecom giant's T-Mobile subsidiary.

  • November 20, 2007

    Presidential Aide Reveals Samsung Bribery Attempt

    Fresh allegations have surfaced in the Samsung Group corruption scandal, after a former legal adviser to South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun revealed on Monday that the company once offered him a cash bribe.

  • November 20, 2007

    Senators Urge Scrutiny Of Google, Doubleclick Merger

    Urging caution in reviewing Google Inc.’s proposed $3 billion takeover of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick Inc., two U.S. senators told Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras on Tuesday that the implications of the deal need “serious scrutiny.”

  • November 20, 2007

    Republicans Urge FCC to Rethink Proposals

    A group of Republican lawmakers is urging the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider about a new round of proposals that aim to tighten its regulatory authority over the cable industry.

  • November 20, 2007

    Judge Dismisses Credit Card Late Fee Suit

    A judge has agreed with Bank of America Corp. and five other credit card issuers, dismissing a lawsuit alleging they conspired to fix late fees charged to credit card holders.

  • November 21, 2007

    Agro Wins Against DOC In Absorption Inquiry Dispute

    A federal appeals court handed mushroom distributor Agro Dutch Industries Ltd. a victory on Tuesday, ruling that the Department of Commerce did not have the authority to conduct an absorption inquiry while reviewing the company’s anti-dumping order.