Competition

  • September 20, 2006

    E.C. Proposes Higher Threshold For State Aid

    The European Commission has proposed revised state aid guidelines that would allow European Union member states to parcel out small subsidies without raising regulators’ eyebrows.

  • September 21, 2006

    Russia Watchdog To Propose New Antitrust Department

    Russia’s antimonopoly authority is taking steps to create an antitrust department at the Interior Ministry as the country becomes more seriously involved in combating competition law violations.

  • September 20, 2006

    E.U. Fines Copper Cartel €314M

    In an ongoing effort to stamp out anti-competitive behavior in the copper industry, the European Commission said Wednesday that it has fined 30 companies €314.7 million for participating in a copper fitting cartel—the fifth largest fine the Commission has imposed on a cartel.

  • September 19, 2006

    Kroes Denies Personal Crusade Against Microsoft

    Despite a history of legal wrangling between Microsoft Corp. and the European Commission, competition head Neelie Kroes has rejected the suggestion that she holds a personal grudge against the software giant.

  • September 19, 2006

    Wineries Uncork Lawsuit Over "Wholesaler Cartel"

    A group of family-owned and operated wineries in Napa Valley, Calif. are drunk with anger at the state of Massachusetts for prohibiting residents from purchasing wine directly from the vineyards.

  • September 19, 2006

    Antitrust Fears Raised Over Potential Rite Aid Merger

    Concerned over possible antitrust hurdles, a U.S. shareholder activist group has asked Jean Coutu Group Inc. to tackle competition worries regarding the Canadian drugstore chain’s planned sale of its U.S. outlets to Rite Aid Corp.

  • September 19, 2006

    UnitedHealth, HCA Square Off In Colorado Court

    Health care giant HCA Inc. is using its market dominance in the Denver area as leverage to force health insurance company UnitedHealth Group Inc. to pay unreasonably high rates, said an antitrust complaint filed Monday.

  • September 19, 2006

    Four Mayer Brown Litigation Partners Head To MoFo

    Four litigation partners with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP have jumped ship, leaving the firm’s New York office to join rival firm Morrison Foerster LLP.

  • September 18, 2006

    Pentagon Pushes For Boeing-Lockheed Rocket Deal

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should clear the merger of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co.’s rocket-launch businesses even though it would leave the market dominated by a single company, according to a letter sent to the regulator by the U.S. military.

  • September 18, 2006

    Court Bounces Antitrust Suit Over Copper Tubing

    Lending a boost to a slew of metal firms, a federal judge has dismissed one of the class actions facing Mueller Europe Ltd. and others that stand accused of engaging in anti-competitive practices in the U.S. copper pipe market.

  • September 18, 2006

    Mayer Brown Snatches Seasoned Trade Trio

    Continuing to beef up the firm's global trade practice, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP has plucked three veteran trade attorneys from Miller & Chevalier to join its Washington, D.C. roster.

  • September 18, 2006

    Greek Competition Head Jailed On Bribery Charges

    In one of the biggest corruption cases to come to light in Greece in recent years, a top official of Greece’s competition watchdog has been sent to jail on charges that he demanded a €2.5 million bribe from Mevgal, a major Greek dairy company.

  • September 18, 2006

    In Win For Barr, Court Denies Tamoxifen Rehearing

    Marking a victory for Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a long-running case over authorized generics, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has denied a bid for rehearing by a group of consumers in the Tamoxifen Citrate antitrust lawsuits.

  • September 15, 2006

    Regulators Order Deutsche Telekom To Open Network

    Germany’s telecom authority has ordered German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom to allow competitors to use its $3.8 billion broadband network unless the company can prove that the network offers services that cannot be purchased elsewhere.

  • September 15, 2006

    E.C. Plans To Probe Microsoft Office

    E.U. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said Thursday that complaints over Microsoft Office have prompted the regulator to take action.

  • September 15, 2006

    Phone Company Lashes Out At Commission

    British mobile phone operator O2 has fired off a complaint against the European Commission, claiming the antitrust regulator blocked O2 from accessing information that could help its defense in the E.C.’s ongoing probe into allegedly high roaming fees in the telecommunications industry.

  • September 15, 2006

    FTC Clarifies Contact Lens Competition Rules

    A Federal Trade Commission official testified Friday that the agency would enforce the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act, along with the Contact Lens Rule, which tracks the act’s provisions.

  • September 15, 2006

    Greek Competition Head Charged In Bribe Scheme

    Only days after Greece’s Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis vowed "zero tolerance" of corruption, a Greek prosecutor on Tuesday slapped a top official of the country’s competition watchdog with blackmail and extortion charges.

  • September 15, 2006

    Industry Advocate Attacks Telecommunications Mergers

    An association that advocates for a competitive telecommunications industry is using the divestiture requirements placed on the Alltel/Midwest Wireless merger to further object to the SBC/AT&T and Verizon/MCI mergers.

  • September 15, 2006

    Motions To Dismiss Denied In Insurance Antitrust Case

    An employee benefits insurance dealer is crowing after a federal judge denied two motions to dismiss an antitrust case alleging that an insurance agency and four insurance companies deprived customers of the benefits of an open market.