Competition

  • May 31, 2007

    EC Scrutinizes Crash Test Dummy Merger

    A possible merger between two of the world's largest crash-test dummy manufacturers has bumped into regulatory trouble with the European Commission, which on Wednesday opened an in-depth investigation into whether the deal would create a monopoly.

  • May 31, 2007

    Safeway Wants AmEx Subpoena Quashed

    Safeway Inc. has not taken kindly to American Express’ last-minute subpoena seeking information from the grocery retailer for the credit card company’s antitrust case against Visa USA Inc. and MasterCard Inc.

  • May 31, 2007

    FTC Eyes Student Loan Industry

    Following the lead of several state attorneys general, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it is investigating allegations of cozy, anti-competitive relationships between universities and lenders in the U.S. student loan industry.

  • May 31, 2007

    DOJ Asks To Postpone SRAM Civil Case Discovery

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday intervened in an ongoing antitrust case against SRAM flash memory chip producers, asking the court to postpone discovery motions in the civil case until it had finished investigating criminal violations.

  • May 30, 2007

    Big Farms Getting Unfair Power Subsidies: Study

    Big agriculture operations in California are paying next to nothing for the electricity they use to pump more than 2 trillion gallons of water into their fields, thanks to over $100 million in federal subsidies, a study has found.

  • May 30, 2007

    Australian Watchdog Loses Gas Price-Fixing Case

    An Australian court has dismissed an antitrust suit against eight petroleum companies and 10 individuals in the Geelong, Victoria area, saying allegations of price-fixing could not be proved.

  • May 30, 2007

    Amended Complaint Filed Over Ditropan

    Less than three weeks after a federal judge threw out an antitrust class action complaint against the maker of the bladder drug Ditropan XL, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint Tuesday in a San Francisco federal court.

  • May 30, 2007

    Becton Dickinson Seeks More Time In Antitrust Suit

    Becton Dickinson & Co. has asked for more time to respond to pending motions for partial summary judgment filed by direct and indirect purchaser groups regarding which group has standing in the multidistrict antitrust litigation pending against the company.

  • May 30, 2007

    Intel Seizes On High Court's Twombly Ruling

    Supreme Court precedent was put to use Tuesday when Intel Corp. made a supplemental filing citing the eight-day-old Twombly decision to buttress its motion to dismiss an antitrust class action against it.

  • May 30, 2007

    Bristol-Myers Pleads Guilty, Pays $1M In Fines

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. pled guilty and agreed to pay a $1 million fine Wednesday for allegedly lying to the federal government about its Plavix patent deal with Apotex Corp.

  • May 29, 2007

    FTC Eyes Google-DoubleClick Union

    Google Inc.'s $3.1 billion marriage proposal to Internet advertising company DoubleClick Inc. has come under regulatory fire, with antitrust authorities asking the companies for more information about the union a little more than a month after the deal was announced.

  • May 29, 2007

    Qantas Will Aid In Cargo Investigation: Report

    Less than two weeks after British Airways PLC admitted it had violated antitrust law, Qantas said Tuesday that it is cooperating with U.S. and British regulators' investigation of industry-wide air cargo price-fixing, according to a published report.

  • May 29, 2007

    AG Calls For Frost Brown Removal From Marathon Suit

    Kentucky Attorney General Gregory D. Stumbo on Thursday insisted Frost Brown Todd LLC should be disqualified from representing Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC in the Marathon Oil Corp. subsidiary's lawsuit against the commonwealth of Kentucky due to conflicts of interest.

  • May 29, 2007

    JP Morgan Avoids Trial In Copper Antitrust Suit

    Rather than face trial, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has decided to settle a long-running antitrust lawsuit stemming from allegations that it conspired with Tokyo-based trading company Sumitomo Corp. to “squeeze” the market and raise prices for Sumitomo’s copper holdings.

  • May 29, 2007

    Coca-Cola Hit With Two Tough Rulings In Mexico

    The Coca-Cola Co. suffered twin defeats in Mexico on Tuesday, with a Mexican subsidiary being fined almost $1 million for anti-competitive behavior and a Mexican bottler having a planned merger with a large fruit-juice producer potentially scuttled, according to sources.

  • May 29, 2007

    Purdue, Impax Patent Fight Comes To An End

    A patent infringement suit filed over blockbuster painkiller OxyContin has been dismissed, after a court approved the settlement reached between OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and generic pharmaceutical company Impax Laboratories.

  • May 29, 2007

    Court Shakes Head At FTC In Western-Giant Case

    A federal district court has denied the Federal Trade Commission's request for a preliminary injunction barring the proposed $1.4 billion merger between Western Refining Inc. and Giant Industries Inc.

  • May 25, 2007

    AMD Subpoenas Intel Counsel In Antitrust Case

    The dispute over lost e-mails at the center of an antitrust case against Intel Corp. just got nastier, with rival Advanced Micro Devices serving subpoenas for documents to Intel’s outside counsel.

  • May 29, 2007

    Honeywell DRAM Litigation Dries Up

    Honeywell International Inc. is steps away from resolving an antitrust case it filed against DRAM chip producers last year, after a judge dismissed without prejudice the claims of defendants Micron Technology Inc., Crucial Technologies Inc. and Hitachi Ltd.

  • May 25, 2007

    DRAM Antitrust Action Nearing Final Settlement

    The remaining three defendants in the DRAM antitrust class action have agreed to settle for $22 million, wrapping up a five-year court battle with a slew of computer chip makers.