• January 17, 2008

    U.K. Energy Watchdog Finds No Collusion

    Though energy prices in the U.K. have soared over the past few weeks, the cost spike is not the result of collusion among Britain's largest energy providers, according to Ofgem, the country's energy watchdog.

  • January 18, 2008

    1st Circ. Won't Hear CytoLogix's Patent Claims

    An appellate court has dismissed CytoLogix Corp.'s appeal of a lower court's decision to combine its patent infringement and antitrust lawsuits against Ventana Medical Systems Inc. in the same trial over cancer diagnostic methods through tissue analysis.

  • January 16, 2008

    Net Neutrality At Issue In FCC's Comcast Inquiry

    The Federal Communications Commission on Monday formally asked for public input on Comcast Corp.'s Internet management policies and possibly opened the path for an official opinion on the issue of network neutrality.

  • January 16, 2008

    Top Drugmakers Caught In EU Antitrust Raids

    Some of the world's largest drugmakers were raided early Wednesday morning as part of a European Commission inquiry into patent-dispute settlements between companies including Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca Plc and Johnson & Johnson.

  • January 16, 2008

    As Special Master, She Sets Precedent

    A litigator at a San Francisco law firm was appointed the first female special master in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Kristin Linsley Myles, a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson and a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, was named special master in South Carolina v. North Carolina.

  • January 16, 2008

    Credit Card Cos., State Reach $16M Antitrust Accord

    Visa Inc. and MasterCard Worldwide have reached a $16.2 million settlement with West Virginia's attorney general, ending an antitrust and consumer protection action alleging that the companies charged merchants excessive debit card fees, leading to price hikes for consumers.

  • January 16, 2008

    Boeing-Airbus Squabble Over Govt. Subsidies

    A quick settlement is still not on the horizon for rival aircraft manufacturers Boeing Co. and Airbus, as the companies' dispute over government funding continued in another round of hearings at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2008

    Singapore Squashes Bug-Control Cartel

    In Singapore's first cartel enforcement, the country's Competition Commission fined six pest control companies for allegedly rigging bids for termite treatment projects.

  • January 17, 2008

    Qantas Officials Not Off The Hook Yet In U.S.

    Despite Qantas Airways Ltd.'s agreement to shell out $61 million for its involvement in an international air shipping cartel, two current and four former Qantas freight employees may still face possible investigation and prosecution in the United States.

  • January 17, 2008

    AWP Plaintiffs Appeal Disqualification Of Counsel

    The consumer class representatives in the multidistrict litigation over average wholesale drug prices are appealing a judge’s declaration that one of their attorneys is unfit to serve as co-lead counsel, questioning her use of discretion in striking him from the case.

  • January 17, 2008

    Delta Merger Would Face Antitrust Hurdles

    As Delta Air Lines Inc. ponders which would make the best mate--Northwest Airlines or United Airlines--experts wonder whether either combination would pass muster with U.S. regulators.

  • January 16, 2008

    Epson Imaging Tossed From LCD Antitrust Case

    Epson Imaging Devices Corp. has been dismissed from the multidistrict litigation over thin film transistor liquid crystal display products that accuses a dozen companies of operating a global cartel to fix the prices of LCDs sold in the United States.

  • January 15, 2008

    FTC Tries For 11th-Hour Stay Of Whole Foods Merger

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a legal briefing Monday in a last-gasp attempt to halt the $565 million merger between Whole Foods Market Inc. and Wild Oats Markets Inc.

  • January 15, 2008

    Court Denies Some Claims In Interchange Fee Case

    Following a magistrate judge's recommendation, the federal court in charge of the ongoing antitrust case over credit card interchange fees has struck down claims for damages incurred before Jan. 1, 2004.

  • January 15, 2008

    Judge, Massey CEO Accused Of Hiding Friendship

    The owner of three mining companies has alleged that the West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals chief justice was biased in overturning a $50 million verdict against Massey Energy Co. in a fraud and tortious interference dispute.

  • January 15, 2008

    Judge Bats Down Document Request In Urethane Case

    The federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation involving an alleged antitrust conspiracy in the urethane market has denied the defendants' request to force the intervening plaintiffs to turn over scores of documents in the long-standing competition case.

  • January 15, 2008

    Judge OKs Qantas' $61M Plea Deal

    Qantas Airways Ltd. will shell out $61 million and cooperate with a federal probe to quell the U.S. Department of Justice's allegations that Qantas fixed cargo rates for international air shipping, under a deal approved in federal district court on Monday.

  • January 15, 2008

    Facing Antitrust Scrutiny, Agrium Yanks UAP Proposal

    In a tactical move designed to sidestep a request for additional information by federal antitrust regulators, Agrium Inc. said Monday it had withdrawn its notification of a proposed takeover of UAP Holding Corp. and would refile it within the month.

  • January 15, 2008

    Insurers, Brokers Not ERISA Fiduciaries: Judge

    A district court judge has shot down a class action claiming that a group of insurance brokers and providers violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when they conspired to block competition and shell out kickbacks.

  • January 25, 2008

    DRM Technology For Music May Be Dead: Experts

    The recording industry pushed digital rights management, or DRM, technology to protect its copyrighted music from piracy and maintain revenue streams, but under pressure from consumers, record companies have waved the white flag on encoding all of their music with DRM — a decision experts say forecasts the end of such technology in the music industry.