Competition

  • December 20, 2006

    Attorneys Root For Early Dismissal In Antitrust Case

    As attorneys anxiously await a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Bell Atlantic case, some who represent defendants in antitrust disputes are taking comfort in a Second Circuit decision that leaves open the possibility of obtaining early dismissal of an antitrust complaint.

  • December 20, 2006

    Judge Blocks Newspaper Deal

    After placing a temporary restraining order on MediaNews Group Inc. and Hearst Corp. last month, a California federal judge has taken another step to block two publishers from moving forward with a proposed deal to consolidate some of their newspaper operations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • December 19, 2006

    Delta CEO Wary Of Antitrust Implications

    Delta Air Lines Inc.’s chief executive on Tuesday said that US Airways Group Inc.’s $8.4 billion hostile takeover bid poses a bevy of antitrust concerns, but said the embattled carrier would not necessarily shy away from other merger opportunities.

  • December 19, 2006

    McDermott Bolsters Competition Group

    As part of an effort to further expand its worldwide competition group, McDermott Will & Emery has brought in two new partners, who will bolster the practices in the firm’s Brussels and London offices.

  • December 19, 2006

    E.U. Delays Electricity-Transmission Cartel Decision

    The European Commission’s antitrust authority is delaying until January making a decision about a cartel for electricity-transmission technology involving some of the largest multinational firms in Europe and Asia.

  • December 19, 2006

    States Sue Insurance Broker Over Kickbacks

    Attorneys-general from three states filed lawsuits Tuesday against one of the country’s largest insurance brokerage firms, Acordia, Inc., for allegedly steering consumers to insurers in return for millions in payments.

  • December 18, 2006

    Intel Should Show Foreign Docs: Special Master

    The special master overseeing discovery in the antitrust suit between Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has asked the court to force Intel to produce documents containing evidence of alleged foreign misconduct.

  • December 19, 2006

    FCC To Vote On Easing Cable Franchise Regulations

    In a move that could open up competition in the local cable market, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on Wednesday on whether to relax the regulations governing cable television acquisitions.

  • December 18, 2006

    Australia To Probe Claims Against Amcor

    The Australian competition watchdog has decided to investigate whether an alleged cartel in the cardboard box sector involving packaging companies Amcor Ltd. and Visy Industries Ltd. also spread to the industries for bottles and cans.

  • December 18, 2006

    Pharmacy Board Insists Generics Are Undersold

    An Oklahoma pharmacy board has asked Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. to review their $4 generic drug program, concerned that the retail giants’ rock-bottom prices for certain medications may violate the state’s Unfair Sales Act.

  • December 18, 2006

    McDowell Will Not Vote On AT&T Deal

    Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell has chosen not to vote on the merger of telecommunications companies AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., bringing an end to the controversy sparked by his potential participation.

  • December 18, 2006

    Antitrust Regulators Eye Qantas Bid

    Australia’s competition authority is scrutinizing an $8.64 billion (A$11.1 billion) takeover bid for Qantas Airways Ltd. submitted by a consortium of private equity investors.

  • December 18, 2006

    Judge OKs Class Action Against Marsh & McLennan

    A judge on Thursday gave the go-ahead to an ERISA class action brought against fiduciaries of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.’s stock investment plan for allegedly failing to warn investors that the company's stock was inflated as a result the alleged bid-rigging and price-fixing that took place at the company.

  • December 18, 2006

    Court OKs $43M Settlement In Options Case

    The $43 million settlement reached earlier this year in the long-running class action antitrust case filed over the trading of stock options has been approved by a judge, paving the way for the distribution of the funds.

  • December 15, 2006

    E.U. Threatens Germany Over Telecom Law

    Echoing months of warning, Europe’s competition watchdog said it will not hesitate to haul the German government to court after the passage on Friday of a new law that will allow Deutsche Telekom AG to avoid sharing its network with rival companies.

  • December 15, 2006

    Refinery Vindicated In Price Discrimination Suit

    A refinery has won summary judgment in a case in a California federal court in which the owner of four Bay Area gas stations accused the refinery of price discrimination because it refused to pay a “facilities allowance” when the gas stations stopped using the refinery’s proprietary credit card processing system.

  • December 15, 2006

    Exec’s Fate Cemented In Concrete Price-Fixing Case

    The former president of Carmel Concrete Products is headed off to prison for 14 months for his alleged participation in a widespread plot to fix the prices of ready-mix concrete in central Indiana.

  • December 15, 2006

    DOJ Streamlines Second Request Process

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that it would further streamline its merger review process to reduce the cost of second requests.

  • December 15, 2006

    Catheter Maker Settles Antitrust Suit For $49M

    Catheter manufacturer Rochester Medical Corp., which launched an antitrust suit against a group of rival medical supply manufacturers and group purchasers two years ago, announced Thursday that it has settled with yet another party named in the suit.

  • December 14, 2006

    E.U. Court Weighs In On Gas Station Exclusivity

    The European Union’s highest court has ruled that oil companies should be prohibited from signing exclusive supply contracts with gas stations and setting retail prices, contending that such actions constitute violations of E.U. antitrust law.