Competition

  • June 19, 2007

    Court Seals Documents In Insurance Case

    Despite protests from plaintiffs, a district court has granted a motion to seal documents in the consolidated antitrust suit pending against some of the nation's largest insurers.

  • June 19, 2007

    Cartel Fines Will Keep Rising, EC Says

    The European Commission intends to continue raising fines against companies that are involved in cartels, despite recent criticism that overly high penalties will have an adverse effect on consumers, an EC spokesperson said Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2007

    Judge Orders Repeal Of Visa Bylaw For Card Issuers

    A district judge has ruled that Visa USA’s bylaw allowing it to charge its top debit card issuers for switching over to MasterCard Inc. should be repealed because it breaches a 2003 antitrust class action settlement.

  • June 19, 2007

    J&J Subsidiaries Hope For Another Dismissal

    Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Alza Corp. have again attempted to get a judge to toss a lawsuit over the bladder drug Ditropan XL, saying in a motion filed Monday that the only remaining plaintiff didn't directly purchase the product.

  • June 19, 2007

    DOT Rules Increased Fees At LAX Discriminatory

    The U.S. Department of Transportation found Friday that increased rates charged by the Los Angeles airport agency discriminated against carriers at Los Angeles International Airport.

  • June 20, 2007

    Rambus Loses Bid To Toss Antitrust Counterclaims

    The judge presiding over Rambus Inc.’s memory device patent infringement suit has refused to toss counterclaims alleging the chip maker restricted competition in the dynamic random access memory market.

  • June 20, 2007

    Antitrust Leader Ditches MoFo

    The former co-chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP's antitrust group has left for a smaller firm, citing the challenge of building a group and the desire to take interesting cases with less regard for the bottom line.

  • June 20, 2007

    Judge Examines Class Incentives In Bar/Bri Case

    Questions of monetary incentives that had been promised to five of the seven representatives of the plaintiffs in the BAR/BRI antitrust class action dominated a hearing Monday, continuing a state of uncertainty over the representatives' compensation as well as the status of the proposed $49 million settlement itself.

  • June 18, 2007

    Canada's Powerex Loses High Court Bid For Immunity

    The U.S. Supreme Court has quashed a bid by a Canadian electricity supplier for state law immunity in two antitrust cases, ruling against the power company on a technicality.

  • June 18, 2007

    Kohl's Sues U.S., Citing Discriminatory Import Duties

    Kohl's Department Stores Inc. has filed a complaint against the United States in the U.S. Court of International Trade, accusing the defendant of unconstitutional gender discrimination based on alleged discrepancies between import duties on men's and women's apparel and footwear.

  • June 18, 2007

    High Court Rules In Favor Of Banks In IPO Case

    In a victory for Wall Street, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs cannot make antitrust claims against banks that underwrite initial public offerings.

  • June 18, 2007

    Columbian Chemicals Settles Carbon Black Case

    Columbian Chemicals Co. has agreed to pay $6 million to settle a class action that accuses it and other specialty chemicals manufacturers of fixing the price of carbon black sold in the United States.

  • June 18, 2007

    Becton Dickinson Sued Over Syringe Patents

    Retractable Technologies Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Becton Dickinson and Co. accusing the medical technology giant of patent infringement, false advertising and anti-competitive conduct.

  • June 18, 2007

    Judge Tosses Antitrust Case Against Car Makers

    A federal court judge has tossed a class action against General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler Corp. and other car companies in which lessees accused them of conspiring to block cheaper Canadian cars from reaching the American market.

  • June 18, 2007

    Court Upholds FERC Rule On Electricity Prices

    A court ruled on Friday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had acted responsibly when it approved new administrative charges for electricity users in the Midwest, although they were paying a “grandfathered” fee from an older system for managing electricity.

  • June 15, 2007

    Sirius-XM Study Says Merger Will Help Consumers

    Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio Holdings announced the release on Thursday of a study they commissioned that says the companies' proposed $13 billion merger, currently pending federal approval, will benefit consumers.

  • June 15, 2007

    Complaints Amended In Ongoing GPU Antitrust Suit

    The direct purchasers and indirect purchasers of graphics processing units in the ongoing antitrust litigation against GPU chip makers Nvidia Corp., ATI Technologies Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. filed two separate amended class action complaints on Thursday.

  • June 15, 2007

    Defendants Added In Cash Sweep Suit

    The plaintiffs in a putative class action accusing some of the biggest players in the financial services industry of breaching their fiduciary duties by sweeping billions of dollars of their clients’ uninvested money into low-interest bank accounts they owned and controlled have filed an amended complaint with additional defendants.

  • June 15, 2007

    Attorneys Compete To Represent BAR/BRI Plaintiffs

    Several firms have been fighting to serve as the plaintiffs' counsel and to object to the proposed settlement of $49 million in the BAR/BRI antitrust class action as a hearing to approve the proposed settlement scheduled for June 18 nears.

  • June 14, 2007

    Judge Orders Vitamin C Plaintiff To Cough Up Info

    The federal judge overseeing the multidistrict antitrust litigation involving Chinese vitamin C makers has sided with the defendants in their quest to compel the representative plaintiff to produce documents, ruling that the material goes to the heart of what is being alleged in the case.