Competition

  • November 28, 2006

    E.U. Gives Antitrust Exemptions To Estonia, Slovenia

    Despite the European Union’s recent attempts to crack down on energy monopolies, E.U.’s highest court ruled Tuesday that Slovenia and Estonia, both slated to join the E.U. in 2004, can keep energy industry antitrust exemptions in place for a few more years.

  • November 28, 2006

    Justices Wary Of Baby Bell Arguments In Antitrust Case

    Although the telecommunications companies that have appealed a class action suit all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court have argued adamantly that the law is on their side, several justices seem skeptical of their claims.

  • November 28, 2006

    Label Merger Worries Antitrust Regulators: Report

    The European Commission is planning to launch an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of the BMG Music publishing business, according to a published report.

  • November 28, 2006

    Competition Policy Associates Pulls In Two Economists

    Two expert economists have signed up with Competition Policy Associates (Compass), an economic consulting firm that keeps a watchful eye on antitrust matters.

  • November 27, 2006

    Report Could Break Australia's Wheat Monopoly

    Australia’s wheat exporting monopoly abused its “great privilege” when it gave kickbacks to get an Iraqi aid deal with the United Nations, according to a long-awaited report.

  • November 27, 2006

    Court Gives E.ON Lift In Suit Over Rival's Endesa Stake

    A U.S. judge has given an early legal boost to German energy firm E.ON AG in its bid to prove that Spanish rival Acciona SA duped U.S. regulators when it purchased a 10% stake in Endesa SA, another Spanish energy firm that E.ON is trying to acquire.

  • November 27, 2006

    Microsoft Submits More Documents In Antitrust Case

    Microsoft has filed another slew of documents with the European Commission in an effort to comply with stipulations of the executive body’s antitrust decision against the software maker, the Commission said.

  • November 23, 2006

    Phone Lock Ruling A Blow To Wireless Industry

    In a decision that will affect several pending lawsuits, mobile phone users will be allowed to break the locks on their phones to use them with a competing carrier’s network under six exemptions to digital copyright laws approved by the U.S. Copyright Office on Wednesday.

  • November 27, 2006

    Brazil To Press On With Probe Of Alleged Juice Cartel

    Under pressure from federal prosecutors, Brazil’s competition authority has rejected a proposed $46.2 million settlement from orange juice producers in a case over an alleged price-fixing cartel.

  • November 27, 2006

    Court Rejects J&J Bid For Injunction In Amgen Case

    A federal judge in New Jersey has rejected Johnson & Johnson's request for a preliminary injunction against Amgen's marketing practices for anemia drug Aranesp in the ongoing antitrust battle between the two life-sciences giants.

  • November 22, 2006

    E.U. Probes Austrian Aid To BAWAG

    Confirming speculation that it would investigate the bailout of Austrian bank BAWAG PSK, the European Commission announced Wednesday that it has opened a formal probe into whether the Austrian bank violated European Union rules.

  • November 22, 2006

    Barnett Goes To Bat For Telecoms

    Assistant Attorney General Thomas O. Barnett will head to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to offer an amicus curiae argument on behalf of BellSouth Corp. in its landmark case against consumers who accused the company of anti-competitive behavior.

  • November 22, 2006

    AMD Insists Intel's Foreign Conduct Is Relevant

    In its antitrust suit against Intel Corp., Advanced Micron Devices Inc. has filed a memorandum to bolster its bid to compel the production of documents to support its claim that Intel coerced foreign customers.

  • November 22, 2006

    Delta Bondholders Rally For Takeover Support

    Some of Delta Airline Inc.’s bondholders are in the early stages of organizing an informal group to support US Airways Group Inc.’s $8 billion takeover bid for the bankrupt airline.

  • November 22, 2006

    Funeral Home Companies Reach FTC Consent Decree

    Two of the largest funeral services companies in the United States have reached a consent decree with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on a controversial merger that is expected to close at the end of November.

  • November 22, 2006

    Industrial Gas Co. Expands With Linde Unit Merger

    An industrial and medical gas distributor has agreed to pay $495 million to acquire the U.S. bulk gas unit of Linde AG, which is required to divest the business to comply with antitrust conditions for its merger with BOC Group PLC.

  • November 21, 2006

    Southwest Eyes Delta, US Airways Assets

    The proposed $8 billion takeover of bankrupt Delta Airlines Inc. by US Airways has rival carriers eyeing the prospect of purchasing some of Delta’s assets, which may be put on the auction block in order to appease antitrust regulators.

  • November 21, 2006

    Japan To Review Merger Clearance Guidelines

    Japan’s competition regulator is considering a revamp in its merger control process that would raise the upper limit on market share beyond the current 35%, according to a published report.

  • November 21, 2006

    Appeals Court Rejects FERC Rules

    A heightened effort by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to intervene in the natural gas market has been denied by a federal appeals court, which vacated several FERC orders regarding pipeline companies and their marketing affiliates.

  • November 20, 2006

    London Snapshot: Herbert Smith LLP

    For Herbert Smith LLP, the atypical backgrounds of its competition attorneys has allowed the firm’s London practice to stand out and thrive.