Competition

  • October 18, 2006

    E.C. Takes Legal Action Over E.On, Endesa Merger

    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.

  • October 18, 2006

    E.U. Sues Germany Over Pharmacy Rules

    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.

  • October 19, 2006

    Freshfields Nabs U.K. Regulator

    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.

  • October 18, 2006

    Samsung, Hynix Executives Charged In DRAM Scheme

    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.

  • October 18, 2006

    Mucinex War Heats Up With Antitrust Countersuit

    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.

  • October 18, 2006

    Avaya Denies Antitrust Counterclaims In Service Suit

    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.

  • October 17, 2006

    Microsoft To Create Open-Source Software

    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.

  • October 17, 2006

    E.C. Shakes Head At Italy’s Bid To Block Abertis

    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.

  • October 17, 2006

    Sweden Sued By E.C. Over Pay-TV Monopoly

    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.

  • October 18, 2006

    Debate Over Conspiracy Pleading Standards Mounts

    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.

  • October 17, 2006

    FTC Requires Divestiture In $12.8B Acquisition

    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.

  • October 16, 2006

    Australia's New Media Law Won't Ease Mergers

    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.

  • October 16, 2006

    E.U. Backs Out Of Adobe, Microsoft Battle

    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.

  • October 16, 2006

    Mitsubishi Faces DOJ Probe Of Memory Chip Sales

    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.

  • October 16, 2006

    Google Antitrust Suit Moved To California

    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.

  • October 16, 2006

    DOJ’s N.Y. Office Not Feared By Private Equity Firms

    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.

  • October 16, 2006

    E.On Targets Acciona In Endesa Takeover Battle

    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.

  • October 13, 2006

    Antitrust Concerns Won't Derail Microsoft Vista Launch

    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.

  • October 13, 2006

    Kroes Prepares To Wage War Against Cartels

    The European Union’s competition commissioner said the regulator plans to use steeper fines and other deterrents to fight against cartels.

  • October 13, 2006

    FCC Pushes Back Vote On AT&T, BellSouth Deal

    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.