As companies grow weary of the time and expense required to report anti-competitive behavior in their industry, competition authorities worldwide are expressing interest in enticing individual whistleblowers, but programs currently lack the incentives and legal protections that have attracted tipsters in other areas, experts say.
After months of warnings and ultimatums, the European Commission has taken legal action against Spain over its attempt to block the merger of energy companies E.On AG and Endesa SA.
The European Union’s executive arm lashed out at Germany Wednesday, threatening yet another lawsuit over the country’s failure to ensure that non-German pharmacies are able to supply the nation’s hospitals.
While attorneys in the U.S. often move between the public and private sectors, this “regulatory revolving door” has been slower to catch on in other countries. Former U.K. regulator Simon Priddis' recent decision to join legal powerhouse Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer indicates that may be changing.
A federal grand jury in San Francisco Wednesday indicted two executives from Samsung Electronics Ltd. and one executive from Hynix Semiconductor America Inc. for their alleged participation in a global conspiracy to fix prices for computer memory.
Two weeks after being slapped with a patent infringement suit involving anti-congestion drug Mucinex, Mutual Pharmaceutical Company Inc. has lashed back in a countersuit against Adams Respiratory Therapeutics Inc. alleging violations of antitrust laws.
A small telephone system maintenance provider has filed federal antitrust counterclaims against Avaya Inc., accusing the communications technology giant of monopolizing the industry for maintaining Avaya’s ubiquitous hardware.
Hoping to solve the “interoperability” problem it has faced since being hit with a €497 million fine by European antitrust regulators, Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that it will start providing technology on an “open-source” basis.
Europe’s competition watchdog is poised to inform the Italian government that it violated open-market laws when it vetoed the proposed €25 billion merger of Italian highway operator Autostrade SpA and Spanish infrastructure company Abertis Infraestructuras SA.
Sweden failed to abolish a media monopoly held by its state-owned digital television provider, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by competition regulators for the executive arm of the European Union.
The American Antitrust Institute has weighed in on a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that deals with how specific antitrust conspiracy allegations need to be in order to survive a motion to dismiss, arguing that tightening pleading requirements could seriously undermine a competitive economy and deny consumers the benefits of competition.
In a move to win regulatory approval for its proposed acquisition of a rival laboratory equipment maker, Thermo Electron Corp. has agreed to sell off Fisher Scientific International Inc.’s Genevac division, quelling the Federal Trade Commission’s opposition to the $12.8 billion deal.
Recent changes to Australia’s media ownership laws will not make pushing mergers through any easier, according to the chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
The European Commission has indicated that software maker Adobe Systems Inc. must talk to rival Microsoft Corp. if it wants to learn of the changes the industry giant has made to its new Windows Vista operating system.
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. said Monday that its U.S. unit has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice, which is investigating possible antitrust violations from the sale of static random access memory (SRAM) chips.
A federal judge’s decision to transfer an antitrust case against Google Inc. from Manhattan to northern California has left the plaintiff, a candidate for New York State Attorney General, vowing to file an amended complaint seeking class action status.
While the federal probe into anti-competitive behavior in the private equity industry has ruffled feathers at some firms, the fact that the Department of Justice’s New York office is leading the charge has many breathing a sigh of relief.
Marking the latest swipe over the proposed takeover of Endesa SA, German power company E.On A.G. has filed a lawsuit against Acciona SA, accusing the Spanish energy and construction company of misrepresenting its purchase of a stake in Endesa to U.S. regulators and colluding with others to block E.On’s bid.
The friction between Microsoft Corp. and antitrust regulators won’t derail the software giant’s plans to make its new Windows Vista operating system available worldwide in January, the company said Friday.
The European Union’s competition commissioner said the regulator plans to use steeper fines and other deterrents to fight against cartels.
In what many are calling an unorthodox move, the Federal Communications Commission has once again delayed its vote on the proposed $67 billion merger of telecommunications companies AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp.