Antitrust legal eyes are glued to the first U.S. Department of Justice court challenge to a purely vertical merger since the 1970s, a deal AT&T and Time Warner say they need just to stay competitive but which the government says will drive up consumers' TV bills by hundreds of millions of dollars. Here, Law360 looks at how we got here, the key issues to watch and the highlights of the trial so far.
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.
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.
The European Commission asked Belgian telecoms regulator IBPT on Thursday to step up its efforts to increase broadband competition in the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.