Competition

  • March 10, 2008

    Air Cargo Defendants Seek Last Word On Dismissal

    A squabble over who should get the last word on a motion to dismiss an antitrust case against a number of major airlines continued on Friday, with defendants in the multidistrict litigation asking a judge to bar plaintiffs from filing a final reply.

  • March 11, 2008

    Rambus May Use Testimony From Other Cases

    Rambus Inc. will be allowed to present testimony from third-party witnesses in related cases during a trial to defend itself against allegations that it improperly amended and aggressively enforced its dynamic random access memory chip patents, a judge ruled Monday.

  • March 10, 2008

    Drug Giants Broker $125M Deal In AWP Suit

    A host of major pharmaceutical makers have agreed to fork over $125 million as part of a nationwide settlement in the multidistrict litigation over average wholesale drug prices filed by consumers and insurance companies.

  • March 7, 2008

    Oil Tycoon Gets 2 Years In Oil-For-Food Scheme

    The sole shareholder of Houston-based oil company Bayoil Inc. was sentenced to two years behind bars Friday for his role in the United Nations' alleged oil-for-food kickback scheme.

  • March 7, 2008

    U.S. Lawmakers Take On Credit Card Interchange Fees

    Already under pressure from consumers and regulators over claims its interchange fees run afoul of antitrust laws, MasterCard now faces the squeeze from U.S. lawmakers intent on reining in the power of the credit card giant.

  • March 7, 2008

    Government Seeks To Quash Abbott Subpoenas

    The U.S. government asked a judge on Thursday to quash Abbott Laboratories Inc.'s subpoenas of two government employees in an action against major drug companies over an alleged Medicare scam, saying that Abbott was looking for confidential and irrelevant information.

  • March 7, 2008

    Dickstein Shapiro Snags Two Antitrust Partners

    Dickstein Shapiro LLP has expanded its antitrust and financial services capabilities with the addition of two new partners in its New York office.

  • March 7, 2008

    Cardinal Health Plaintiffs Sent Back To Drawing Board

    A federal court dealt a setback Wednesday to a competition suit by a group of franchised pharmacies, requiring them to file a more definite complaint against the franchiser and dismissing altogether a joint complaint against the parent company, Cardinal Health.

  • March 7, 2008

    Reddy Ice Raided In Packaged Ice Industry Probe

    Federal antitrust authorities investigating the packaged ice industry have conducted a raid at the Dallas offices of Reddy Ice Holdings Inc., the largest manufacturer and distributor of packaged ice in the U.S., the company said Friday.

  • March 7, 2008

    Intel Wins Court Support In Fight Over AMD Study

    Intel Corp. is one step closer to getting its hands on a damaging report commissioned by rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. after a court official overseeing discovery in the pair's antitrust battle recommended its release.

  • March 7, 2008

    SRAM Plaintiffs Show No Sign Of Relenting

    After having several of their claims tossed three weeks ago, the indirect purchasers of static random access memory chips on Thursday filed their second amended class action price-fixing complaint.

  • March 7, 2008

    Label Makers' Challenge To Class Certification Fails

    A federal judge delivered a blow to a trio of adhesive-label makers Thursday, denying a petition to appeal class certification for business customers in a pending antitrust action.

  • March 10, 2008

    Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against United Rentals

    An appeals court has upheld a ruling against United Rentals Highway Technologies. The traffic control firm claimed that construction contractors in Indiana and union subcontractors had conspired to keep the firm from getting work on the state's highways.

  • March 7, 2008

    DRAM Price-Fixing Case Ends In Mistrial

    The criminal case against Hynix Semiconductor Inc. sales executive Gary Swanson over his alleged involvement in a dynamic random access memory price-fixing conspiracy ended in a mistrial after a jury could not agree to acquit the defendant.

  • April 7, 2008

    Micro-Hoo May Slam Up Against China Antitrust Law

    The Microsoft Corp. takeover attempt of Yahoo Inc. may be on unsteady footing right now as both companies bicker over the right price. But even if the deal should get off the ground, the two Internet giants will likely find themselves faced with a brand-new regulatory hurdle – China.

  • March 6, 2008

    $15.6M Awarded In San Francisco Newspaper Clash

    A jury on Wednesday ordered the San Francisco Weekly to pay $15.6 million in damages to rival alternative weekly the San Francisco Bay Guardian for allegedly slashing ad rates in a bid to drive its competitor out of business, in a contentious court battle that underscores the dire state of newspaper revenues nationwide.

  • March 6, 2008

    EU Expected To OK Google-DoubleClick Deal

    The European Commission is reportedly poised to approve Google Inc.'s acquisition of the online advertising firm DoubleClick Inc. without any conditions.

  • March 6, 2008

    Telstra Loses High Court Challenge Against Regulator

    A constitutional challenge by Australia’s telecommunications giant against the country’s consumer watchdog over compulsory access laws has failed.

  • March 6, 2008

    Microsoft Starts Document Interoperability Initiative

    Responding to international anti-competitive complaints, Microsoft Corp. revealed an initiative on Thursday that would expand interoperability between its programs and the rival programs of developers, partners and other competitors.

  • March 6, 2008

    Spain's Conditions On E.ON Deal Illegal: EU Court

    Agreeing with the European Commission, the European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled that Spain's failure to remove conditions it had placed on German energy titan E.ON AG's merger with Spanish Endesa SA was illegal.