Competition

  • September 11, 2007

    States Want Extended Antitrust Oversight Of Microsoft

    Citing concerns over Microsoft's still dominant position in the software market, California and six other states asked a federal judge on Tuesday to extend antitrust oversight of the software giant to 2012, five years past the original Nov. 12 expiration date.

  • September 11, 2007

    Telefonica Appeals €151.9 Million Fine

    Spanish telecom company Telefónica has appealed the landmark €151.9 million fine levied by European Commission competition regulators, calling the penalty “unjust and disproportionate.”

  • September 11, 2007

    Rambus Seeks More Data On Destroyed E-Mails

    Rambus Inc. has put the squeeze on Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to hand over information related to the destruction of e-mails from another patent case as the chip maker moves ahead with its memory device patent suit and builds up its defense for a related antitrust trial.

  • September 11, 2007

    Becton, RTI Spar Over Syringe Patents, Competition

    Becton Dickinson & Co. has hit rival syringe maker Retractable Technologies Inc. with a patent infringement suit, just as it slammed RTI's own patent suit against it, calling that case a veiled rehash of antitrust claims it said an earlier settlement forbids the company from relitigating.

  • September 11, 2007

    Texas Instruments To Give Rambus Redacted Deal

    Despite request from Rambus Inc. that it hand over its entire license deal with a Samsung unit, Texas Instruments Inc. will provide Rambus with a redacted version of its agreement, as the chip maker prepares for patent and antitrust trials over memory technology.

  • September 10, 2007

    Australia Probes Google-DoubleClick Merger

    Australia's competition watchdog has spearheaded an investigation into Google Inc.'s proposed $3 billion takeover of online advertising firm DoubleClick Inc.

  • September 10, 2007

    Carecore Blasts Plaintiffs' Lack Of Documents

    A benefits management company accused of suppressing market competition has gone on the offensive, lambasting the plaintiffs for allegedly failing to comply with discovery requests.

  • September 10, 2007

    Abbott Fights Depositions Of Former Head Honchos

    Abbott Laboratories Inc. has asked a judge to stop the government from deposing two former top executives in the average wholesale price litigation, saying the government hasn't met the requirements to request the interviews.

  • September 10, 2007

    Ryanair Appeals EU Ruling On Aer Lingus Deal

    Irish airline Ryanair has formally appealed the European Commission's decision to block the carrier's takeover of rival company Aer Lingus, accusing regulators of allowing politics to influence their actions.

  • September 10, 2007

    Judge Tosses Retired Players' NFL Suit

    A federal judge has granted the National Football League Players Association's bid to toss a proposed class action brought on behalf of 3,500 former players, ruling that the plaintiffs lacked standing to pursue their claims under California’s unfair competition law.

  • September 10, 2007

    Sanofi-Aventis Pays $190M To Settle Drug Price Case

    French drug giant Sanofi-Aventis will hand over more than $190 million to settle claims by the U.S. Department of Justice and various states that its predecessor defrauded Medicare by inflating the reported average wholesale price of a cancer drug.

  • September 7, 2007

    Hyundai Fined $67M For Breaking Fair Trade Laws

    South Korea's antitrust regulator has fined Hyundai Motor Co. and four of its affiliates more than 63 billion won ($67 million) for alleged violations of fair trade laws.

  • September 7, 2007

    EU Opens Probe Into INEOS Plastics Merger

    Worried that the $900 million acquisition of Norwegian polymers company Kerling ASA by U.K.-based INEOS Enterprises Ltd. might give the chemical giant too much control over the plastics industry, the European Commission on Friday announced an in-depth investigation into the proposed deal.

  • September 7, 2007

    J&J Unit Wants ASC To Turn Over Ditropan Docs

    Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Alza Corp. is asking a court to force American Sales Co. to turn over documents and discovery it argues are central to the plaintiffs' claims that the company maintained a monopoly over blockbuster incontinence drug Ditropan XL by preventing copycat versions from reaching the marketplace.

  • September 6, 2007

    Judge Guts Antitrust Suit Against PPL—Again

    A federal judge has granted PPL Corp. summary judgment on the price squeeze claim in the suit dozens of Pennsylvania boroughs filed against the utility five years ago over power rates. In so doing, he excised the last remaining Sherman Act claim from the case.

  • September 6, 2007

    DOJ Cautions Against Net Neutrality Rules

    The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on the net neutrality debate, cautioning the Federal Communications Commission against making rules that would bar broadband providers from charging content companies extra fees for enhanced service.

  • September 6, 2007

    Mittal Fined $96M By South African Antitrust Body

    South Africa’s Competition Tribunal on Thursday fined Mittal Steel SA 691.8 million rand ($96 million) for contravening the country’s Competition Act by charging “excessive prices” for flat steel products.

  • September 6, 2007

    DOJ Refutes LCD Plaintiffs' Objection To Stay

    The U.S. Department of Justice has fired back against plaintiffs in the purported antitrust class action alleging collusion among TFT-LCD manufacturers, one week after the purchasers objected to the DOJ’s request to put the case on hold for a year.

  • September 5, 2007

    Judge Greenlights Linerboard Class Action

    Plaintiffs have sufficiently pled that manufacturers conspired to fix linerboard prices in violation of the Sherman Act, a federal judge affirmed Thursday, while limiting the plaintiffs' proposed class period.

  • September 5, 2007

    BrokersNYC Digs In Heels To Keep Suit's Last Claim

    A month after a judge axed all but one of its antitrust claims against the Real Estate Board of New York and member brokerages, database system BrokersNYC has resisted efforts by the Board to convince the court to toss the suit's remaining Sherman Act claim.