Competition

  • January 7, 2008

    Cable Cos Gear Up To Boot The Set-Top Box

    The cable industry is pushing to make the set-top box a thing of the past. In a renewed initiative, a group of cable companies have pledged to help consumers access and interact with digital cable systems without having to rent a separate set-top box.

  • January 8, 2008

    NCAA Trial Abandoned As Settlement Nears

    A trial has been delayed in a federal antitrust lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association over the costs student-athletes pay in expenses and insurance, because a settlement is near.

  • January 4, 2008

    EU Calls For Broadband Competition In Belgium

    The European Commission asked Belgian telecoms regulator IBPT on Thursday to step up its efforts to increase broadband competition in the country.

  • January 4, 2008

    Court Won't Cancel Antitrust Action Against Nielsen

    A judge has denied a bid by television ratings giant Nielsen Media Research, Inc. to dismiss a case brought by a rival alleging it holds a monopoly over the television ratings industry.

  • January 4, 2008

    Travelers Settles Securities Fraud Case for $77M

    Travelers Cos. Inc. has agreed to pay $77 million to put to rest a purported class action alleging insurance securities fraud resulting from the company's alleged involvement in a bid-rigging scandal, the New Mexico attorney general announced Thursday.

  • January 7, 2008

    Flash Memory Plaintiffs Can't Get Docs: Judge

    A judge on Friday ruled that defendants in a consolidated antitrust action against makers of flash memory chips do not need to turn over evidence from a related criminal investigation to the plaintiffs.

  • January 4, 2008

    Plaintiffs' Attorney Kicked Off AWP Case

    A federal judge has expunged a co-lead plaintiffs' attorney from the multidistrict litigation over average wholesale drug prices, putting in limbo the appeal of an order that let two of four defendants off the hook without damages.

  • January 4, 2008

    Illegal Tying Is Core Of Apple's Business: Suit

    Apple Inc.'s market-topping iTunes online store and iPod music player have come under antitrust fire again, with purchasers on Monday filing another putative class action in California federal court.

  • January 3, 2008

    Effects of Stolt-Nielsen Case May Linger

    After the U.S. Department of Justice announced late last month that it won't pursue an appeal in its battle with Stolt-Nielsen over an amnesty agreement, the Norwegian shipping company is finally free of its years-long fight. But many antitrust attorneys caution that the unique case may have ripple effects for years to come.

  • January 3, 2008

    Intel Finalizing Response To EC's Antitrust Charges

    Chip manufacturer Intel Corp. will meet its Jan. 7 deadline to respond to European Commission allegations that it abused its dominant position in the microprocessor market, a company spokesman said Thursday.

  • January 3, 2008

    AT&T's "Triple Play" A Foul Pitch: Antitrust Suit

    A subsidiary of AT&T has been slapped with a proposed class action lawsuit by Texas apartment dwellers who allege the telecom giant violated antitrust laws by striking deals to serve as the exclusive phone and Internet provider to apartment buildings.

  • January 3, 2008

    Verizon-MCI Merger To Go Through In Pa.

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has sided with the state utility commission, ruling that it was correct in approving Verizon Communications' purchase of MCI Inc. on the basis of likely public benefit.

  • January 2, 2008

    Antitrust Filings Drop In 2007

    The number of antitrust cases filed in 2007 fell by 9% from the previous year, though experts said the new year will buck the trend as regulatory cartel investigations grow and the U.S. economy worsens.

  • January 2, 2008

    Tyco Fires Back In Containers Case

    Tyco International Inc. has told a judge that 200 hours of deposition time in an antitrust suit alleging a monopoly over hypodermic disposal containers is excessive and that the plaintiff has not supported the request.

  • January 2, 2008

    AGs Lack Evidence To Extend Oversight: Microsoft

    As it fights off a move from various state attorneys general seeking to extend antitrust oversight, Microsoft Corp. said Friday that the states had failed to present enough evidence to show that such an extension is necessary.

  • January 2, 2008

    Travelers Cos. Settles Bid-Rigging Claims

    Travelers Companies Inc. agreed to pay $6 million to a multistate task force to resolve allegations that the company was involved in a bid-rigging and price-fixing plot in the commercial insurance market, the company and the Florida attorney general revealed Monday.

  • January 2, 2008

    Intel Auto-Delete System Under Fire In Antitrust Suit

    Plaintiffs in an antitrust suit against Intel Corp. have moved for an order forcing Intel to reveal whether an “auto-delete” function that rids e-mails from the company's computer system was ever disabled.

  • January 2, 2008

    Drug Giants Probed Over U.N. Oil-For-Food Kickbacks

    Three big drug makers have reportedly been ordered to produce confidential documents to the U.K. anti-fraud agency as part of its investigation into alleged kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein's regime during the United Nation's oil-for-food program.

  • January 2, 2008

    Energy Cos. Seek To Bar State Antitrust Claim

    The energy giants accused of conspiring to raise and fix wholesale natural gas prices are pressing a federal court to bar the Wisconsin plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation from bringing a claim under state antitrust laws.

  • January 1, 2008

    Competition Legislation To Watch In 2008

    U.S. legislators put several antitrust laws under the legal microscope in 2007, thanks to several precedent-setting Supreme Court decisions and the much-anticipated release of a three-year government study on modernizing competition laws. But as the presidential elections near, few antitrust experts believe any major reforms will be implemented in 2008.