Competition

  • June 13, 2006

    Taser Takes Aim At Air Gun Company In Patent Battle

    In an escalating fight amongst non-lethal weapon makers, Bestex Co. and Taser International are firing back and forth over a patent for an air cartridge used in their air guns, alleging unfair competition.

  • June 13, 2006

    Video Rental Giants Face Off

    Video rental giant Blockbuster Inc. is fighting back against online rival Netflix, filing a countersuit Tuesday that claims its competitor is trying to monopolize the movie rental market by using unenforceable patents.

  • June 13, 2006

    Air Canada Tapped By E.C., DOJ In Air Cargo Probe

    With potential immunity hanging in the balance, Air Canada has admitted that it is cooperating with the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission in the ongoing international probe into alleged price-fixing in the $60 billion air cargo industry.

  • June 12, 2006

    Intel Fires Back At AMD Over Motion To Dismiss

    Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is grasping for strings in its attempt to hold rival Intel Corp. accountable in U.S. courts for foreign conduct, according to Intel, which is trying to dismiss foreign commerce claims from AMD’s antitrust case.

  • June 12, 2006

    Ex-Williams Energy Manager Admits To Gas Price Scheme

    Following a two-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a third Williams Energy employee has pled guilty to engaging in a scheme to manipulate natural gas prices.

  • June 12, 2006

    Firm Profile: King & Spalding LLP

    Before King & Spalding LLP’s antitrust practice pools its resources and maps out a plan in order to deal with a problem, the group likes to use a key tool it’s picked up along the way: listening.

  • June 12, 2006

    FTC Digs Deeper Into Funeral Home Merger

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has requested more information from two of the nation’s largest funeral home operators in its examination of whether their impending merger will diminish competition in the funeral home industry.

  • June 12, 2006

    Barr Settles With Sandoz For $22.5M Over Blood Thinner

    Bringing a long-running legal battle to an end, Barr Laboratories Inc. has agreed to a $22.5 million settlement deal with Invamed Inc. and Apothecon Inc. over the raw material source for the blood thinner Warfarin Sodium.

  • June 9, 2006

    Sweeping Telecom Bill Passes House

    The House of Representatives passed a sweeping telecommunications bill Thursday, a move that will streamline telephone companies’ access to the market for video services.

  • June 9, 2006

    House Rejects Net Neutrality Amendment

    The U.S. House of Representatives has struck down an amendment that would have implemented net neutrality regulations and prohibited broadband providers from giving preferential treatment to Internet sites.

  • June 9, 2006

    D.C. Snapshot: White & Case LLP

    White & Case LLP has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1994. Just 12 years later, the firm boasts 135 antitrust attorneys worldwide, and much of its rapid growth stems from its key headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • June 9, 2006

    Becton Dickinson Poked By Syringe Antitrust Suit

    Medical technology company UltiMed Inc. has filed an antitrust lawsuit against its embattled rival, Becton Dickinson & Co., accusing the much larger company of barring competition in the market for home-use insulin syringes.

  • June 8, 2006

    E.C.: Slovak Government Gave €11M In Illegal Aid

    An €11 million tax write-off granted by the Slovak government constitutes illegal state aid and must be recovered with interest, the European Commission announced Thursday.

  • June 8, 2006

    Multinationals Fret Over China's New Monopoly Law

    As a long-awaited draft antitrust law passed China’s cabinet this week, government officials tried to assure multinational business leaders that the possible changes would not be used to allow prejudice against foreign investors.

  • June 8, 2006

    D.C. Snapshot: Hogan & Hartson LLP

    Boasting over 60 years of experience, Hogan & Hartson LLP may already be considered one of the top antitrust practices in the world, but the Washington, D.C. group is determined not to rest on the firm’s laurels.

  • June 8, 2006

    D.C. Circuit Upholds FDA Rule On 180-Day Exclusivity

    In a move that could have far-reaching implications for generic drug makers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has upheld a controversial U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule that restricts the type of court decisions that can trigger the 180-day generic exclusivity period.

  • June 8, 2006

    Hill Hears Antitrust Concerns Over .Com Registration

    A dispute over monopolization of Internet domain name registry worked its way into a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill this week, where legislators considered action on a proposed settlement agreement that allegedly stifles competition for buying .com addresses.

  • June 7, 2006

    E.C. To Investigate Tax-Exempt Savings Accounts

    The E.C. has initiated infringement proceedings over France's policies regarding reduced-tax savings accounts, and extended the scope of its inquiry into whether previous payments to Credit Mutuel violate E.C. prohibitions against state aid.

  • June 7, 2006

    European Court Rules Against Austrian Banks

    The Luxembourg Court of First Instance this week threw out the appeal of two Austrian banks that had accused the European Commission of wrongly sharing information related to a banking price-fixing case.

  • June 7, 2006

    D.C. Snapshot: O’Melveny & Myers LLP

    O’Melveny & Myers may be a rookie to the antitrust game but the firm has come a long way in a short amount of time, thanks in part to stacking its deck with former government officials.