Competition

  • August 16, 2006

    Federal Circuit Sides With Monsanto In Licensing Spat

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has partially affirmed a decision involving Monsanto Co., dismissing claims of patent misuse and antitrust violations hurled at the agrochemical giant over its Roundup Ready licensing arrangements.

  • August 18, 2006

    Suit Alleges Airline Price-Fixing Conspiracy

    Four major airlines have been hit with yet another class action antitrust suit, this one alleging they conspired to raise and fix ticket prices by adding higher fuel charges to ticket purchases.

  • August 16, 2006

    European Antitrust Regulators Eye Thule Merger

    The European Commission is taking a closer look at a proposed merger between two of Europe’s largest snow-chain makers, after antitrust concerns gained traction during a preliminary regulatory review.

  • August 16, 2006

    Intel Can Subpoena Merger Docs From ATI, Court Says

    Computer chip giant Intel Corp. can subpoena a 3-D graphics company for documents related to its merger with Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc., a judge ruled on Monday.

  • August 16, 2006

    Bristol-Myers, Sanofi Try To Cope With Generic Plavix

    In an attempt to cope with Apotex Inc.’s recent launch of generic Plavix, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi-Aventis SA are offering the buyers of Plavix prices below the price of the generic version.

  • August 15, 2006

    Yahoo! Taiwan Probed For Abuse Of Monopoly Power

    Responding to concerns over its ability to handle tough cases, Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has said that it will conduct a thorough probe into Yahoo! Taiwan’s potential abuse of its monopoly position in the country’s online auction market.

  • August 15, 2006

    Earthlink Loses Another Round In Battle With FCC

    In a boost for telecommunications regulators, a U.S. appeals court has upheld a controversial ruling allowing regional phone companies to implement new fiber-optic lines without being forced to share them with competitors.

  • August 15, 2006

    Monsanto To Face Antitrust Concerns Over Acquisition

    Agricultural biotech company Monsanto Co. is hoping antitrust regulators will cast an approving eye on its acquisition of Delta and Pine Land Co., after antitrust concerns thwarted an earlier merger deal and spawned years of legal wrangling between the companies.

  • August 15, 2006

    FTC Extends Antitrust Review Of Barr Acquisition

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made a second request for information in its antitrust review of Barr Laboratories acquisition of European generic drug giant Pliva.

  • August 15, 2006

    Attorney Sentenced To 33 Months For Conspiracy

    The Department of Justice has sentenced an attorney to nearly three years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme involving a fast food chain.

  • August 14, 2006

    Orthopedic Cos. Face Antitrust Class Actions

    Five of the biggest players in the multi-billion dollar orthopedic implant industry are co-defendants in six federal antitrust lawsuits, filed after the companies disclosed that they had received subpoenas from federal antitrust regulators.

  • August 14, 2006

    Suit Takes Aim At Copper Tubing Cartel

    A lawsuit seeking class action status has targeted more than a dozen companies in the copper industry alleging that they fixed the prices of copper tubing sold in California and throughout the United States for more than 15 years.

  • August 14, 2006

    E.C. To Investigate Pulp Mill Equipment Supplier Merger

    Regulators have opened a probe into the proposed merger of pulp mill equipment suppliers Metso Corp. and Aker Kvaerner, alleging that the deal would drastically limit competition in the industry.

  • August 14, 2006

    Liberty Mutual Fights Back Against Spitzer

    Liberty Mutual Group has become the first among the insurance giants targeted by Eliot Spitzer to fight against the lawsuits levied by the New York Attorney General, arguing that the complaint Spitzer filed is “fraught with flaws” and thin on facts.

  • August 11, 2006

    Indonesian Companies Dumping Paper Products In U.S.

    An investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce has revealed that Indonesian companies are dumping lined paper products into U.S. markets at inflated prices.

  • August 11, 2006

    DOJ Will Not Question Trucking Agreements

    Federal regulators will not oppose a plan to create model agreements for use by trucking companies and transportation brokers, paving the way for the implementation of the agreements by the American Trucking Association.

  • August 11, 2006

    Judge Suspends Settlement With Orange Juice Cos.

    After receiving a request from the Brazilian Citrus Growers Association, a judge has temporarily suspended a deal between the antitrust arm of Brazil’s Justice Ministry and five large orange juice exporters.

  • August 11, 2006

    O’Melveny Lures Another FTC Employee

    When Maryanne Kane joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP last Monday as of counsel, she was just the latest in a growing number of attorneys to move from the Federal Trade Commission to the firm’s competition practice.

  • August 11, 2006

    Attorney General Tapped To Intervene In Wright Debate

    As furor mounts over a proposed bill that would eliminate flight restrictions at Dallas Love Field airport, owners of the former Legend Airlines terminal are calling for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to review the soundness of the controversial legislation with heightened scrutiny, saying that the bill raises “serious” antitrust concerns.

  • August 11, 2006

    AMD, ATI Merger Holds Valuable Clues: Intel

    Computer chip giant Intel Corp. wants to subpoena a 3-D graphics company about to merge with rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc., citing its belief that details of the $5.4 billion deal could help in its defense against AMD’s antitrust allegations.