The Federal Trade Commission has been operating with three commissioner positions unfilled for nearly half a year, an unprecedented situation that hampers the agency's ability to seamlessly carry out its work of enforcing antitrust law and reviewing mergers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that it would further streamline its merger review process to reduce the cost of second requests.
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.
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.