Competition

  • March 6, 2007

    Energy Firms Mull Joining Distribution Forces

    European energy firms are reportedly considering pooling their distribution networks in a bid to sidestep regulators’ proposals to increase competition in the energy sector by forcing companies to unbundle their production and distribution capabilities.

  • March 6, 2007

    Verizon Critics Weigh In With FCC

    Various critics, including the industry association Comptel, voiced their opposition to the Federal Communication Commission over Verizon’s bid for forbearance from unbundling requirements in six major metropolitan areas.

  • March 6, 2007

    FCC Unveils Controversial Cable Rules

    Advancing its fight against rising cable prices, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday published new rules designed to encourage competition in local cable markets by relaxing laws for cable franchise acquisitions.

  • March 6, 2007

    Deal Allows Qantas Takeover To Take Off

    The Australian government has approved the $8.6 billion (A$11.1 billion) takeover bid for Qantas Airways Ltd. by Airline Partners of Australia after APA promised to expand service internationally and throughout Australia.

  • March 6, 2007

    AMD Calls For Probe Of Lost Intel E-mails

    A gross communication failure and lackluster oversight have been blamed for the disappearance of innumerable e-mails Intel Corp. was obligated to produce to rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in their long-running antitrust lawsuit.

  • March 6, 2007

    N.Y. Lawmakers Worried Over Gas Merger

    If National Grid PLC gets the go-ahead to take over fellow natural gas powerhouse KeySpan Corp., the deal will likely cause Long Island, N.Y. residents’ rates to soar, New York lawmakers said Monday.

  • March 6, 2007

    United Air Sued For Monopolizing D.C.-S.F. Flights

    United Airlines Inc. has been hit with a proposed consumer class action that claims the airline uses its monopoly on non-stop flights between Washington, D.C. and San Francisco to enforce anti-competitive ticket-purchasing rules.

  • March 6, 2007

    Jury Selection Begins In AT&T Antitrust Case

    A California superior court kicked off the jury selection process Tuesday in the long-running antitrust case alleging AT&T entered into illegal tying arrangements in other states.

  • March 5, 2007

    Gas Chief Sure Of Merger Despite Antitrust Concerns

    The chief of the fifth largest natural gas distributor in the U.S. said he remained confident of closing a merger deal with National Grid PLC midyear, despite criticism of the transaction by New York’s utilities regulator.

  • March 5, 2007

    Unbundling May Harm E.U. Energy Firms: Exec

    European energy companies should have more time to open markets before regulators move forward with proposals to quell anti-competitive practices in the energy sector through unbundling, according to a senior industry executive.

  • March 5, 2007

    Virgin Media, BSkyB Feud May Fly Into High Court

    Fueling the battle between Britain’s top two media conglomerates, Virgin Media has threatened to take British Sky Broadcasting to the United Kingdom High Court if their dispute over the price of certain channels is not resolved in 30 days.

  • March 5, 2007

    Swisscom Faces New Probe Over Internet Fees

    Swisscom faces fresh troubles less than a month after being fined for overcharging customers for mobile phone termination fees. Switzerland’s competition watchdog has reportedly launched a probe into whether the state-owned telecom group overcharged competitors for high-speed Internet access.

  • March 5, 2007

    Blakes Attracts New Competition Partner

    A long-time competition attorney with particular experience in mergers and acquisitions is moving to Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, a large Canadian business law firm.

  • March 5, 2007

    Chip Makers Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Flash Memory

    The world’s big semiconductor makers, already facing antitrust allegations over prices for LCDs, DRAM and SRAM technology, have been hit with a suit claiming price-fixing in the flash memory chip market.

  • March 2, 2007

    Sony Didn't Give A Franc, Fixed Prices On PS2: France

    The French competition authority has fined Sony Computer Entertainment France €800,000 for fixing prices with retailers during the launch of its PlayStation 2 game console in France.

  • March 2, 2007

    U.S., E.U. Draft Transatlantic Open Skies Agreement

    After years of negotiations, the United States and the European Union on Friday agreed on a preliminary deal that, if approved by each side, will make strides towards liberalizing the transatlantic aviation market.

  • March 2, 2007

    Chavez Floats South America Gas Cartel

    In a move to weaken U.S. influence further, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has reportedly called on neighboring countries to join him in the creation of a South America natural gas cartel.

  • March 2, 2007

    U.K. Court Greenlights Pfizer Drug Supply Deal

    Despite an attempt by drug wholesalers to block a controversial arrangement between Pfizer Inc. and a drug wholesaling arm of London-based Alliance Boots, a United Kingdom court has allowed the deal—which would force pharmacists to purchase medicines directly from the American pharmaceutical giant—to move forward.

  • March 2, 2007

    Farmers Threaten Suit Over Monsanto-Delta Merger

    Despite heightened concerns and the threat of lawsuits from farm groups, Monsanto Co. is plowing ahead with its plans to acquire Delta & Pine Land Co. for $1.5 billion.

  • March 2, 2007

    Kaplan Fox Picks Up Two Antitrust Attorneys

    The antitrust practice at Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP has snagged two attorneys from Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll PLLC, adding Linda P. Nussbaum and Susan R. Schwaiger to its New York office.