Competition

  • May 31, 2006

    Third Circuit Asks For DOJ Input In Stolt Case

    There may be a glimmer of hope for transportation company Stolt-Neilsen in its fight against a decision that exempted it from the Department of Justice’s amnesty program. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has asked for the DOJ’s opinion in the matter, signifying that the court will carefully consider Stolt’s petition for rehearing.

  • May 31, 2006

    DOJ's Eyes Set On Record Labels

    Federal antitrust investigators are showing renewed interest in whether major record labels colluded to keep music off the Internet, a newspaper has reported.

  • May 31, 2006

    FTC, DOJ Urge High Ct. To Hear Predatory-Pricing Case

    Joining forces, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice urged the U.S. Supreme Court in a joint amicus brief filed late last week to grant certiorari in a predatory pricing case the agencies say could have wide-ranging effects on the way antitrust laws define the standard between aggressive competition and anti-competitive behavior.

  • May 31, 2006

    E.U. Slaps Chemical Cos. With €345M Price-Fixing Fine

    In a continuing show of force against cartel activity in Europe, the European Commission this week hit four chemical companies—including several repeat offenders—with a whopping collective €344.5 million in fines for fixing prices on acrylic glass, marking the fourth-largest fine levied by the E.U. in such a case.

  • May 30, 2006

    House Committee Approves Net Neutrality Bill

    A U.S. House of Representatives committee has approved a measure that forces broadband companies to offer their competitors’ content at the same quality as their own.

  • May 30, 2006

    Intel Misguided On Reach Of U.S. Law: AMD

    Chip maker Intel Corp. has seriously underestimated the power of U.S. antitrust law by moving to dismiss foreign commerce claims from the lawsuit against it, according to a court brief filed by rival and plaintiff Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

  • May 30, 2006

    Wilson Sonsini Taps Former DOJ Official

    In the latest in a string of additions to its budding East Coast antitrust practice, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has netted Renata Hesse, a former U.S. Department of Justice head and one of the country’s preeminent high-technology antitrust attorneys, to join the firm in July.

  • May 30, 2006

    Panel Votes To Repeal Robinson-Patman Act

    The Antitrust Modernization Commission has determined that the controversial Robinson-Patman Act should be repealed, with nine of the 12 Commissioners voting that “Congress should repeal the Act in its entirety.”

  • May 31, 2006

    D.C. Snapshot: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

    At Sullivan & Cromwell, the lawyers who make up the firm’s Washington, D.C. antitrust practice are first and foremost litigators, and this is one label that the group wholeheartedly embraces.

  • May 30, 2006

    D.C. Snapshot: Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP is known for the aggressive litigation skills of its trial lawyers. But the Antitrust & Competition Law Practice Group of the “trial-ready” firm spends a surprising amount of time behind the scenes too, with significant experience in shutting down government investigations and a strong counseling and compliance program that aims to help clients avoid a legal showdown.

  • May 25, 2006

    E.C. May Let French Takeover Law Slide

    Nearly two months after the European Commission took formal action against France for its national decree designed to impede foreign investment in strategic areas of industry, the agency’s efforts to strike down the law may be losing steam under new E.U. takeover rules that went into effect this week.

  • May 25, 2006

    OFT Considers Review Of U.K. Airports Market

    The Office of Fair Trading has announced it is considering whether to open up an inquiry into Britain’s airport market as the airport operator BAA PLC is battling a hostile takeover bid.

  • May 25, 2006

    Target Letter Delivered To Affiliated Computer Employees

    As part of its antitrust inquiry of the company, the Department of Justice sent target letters to some of Affiliated Computer Services Inc.’s current and former employees, the company said on Thursday.

  • May 25, 2006

    D.C. Snapshot: Arnold & Porter LLP

    Lots of private antitrust practices in Washington, D.C. talk a big game when it comes to understanding government thinking and processes. At Arnold & Porter LLP, however, that knowledge and breadth of experience is more than just a claim: it’s a mentality.

  • May 25, 2006

    Private Class Actions In Canada Are On The Rise

    Attorneys in Canada are noting a surge in antitrust private class actions as the plaintiffs bar becomes more established and aggressive in filing cases.

  • May 24, 2006

    DOJ, FTC Gear Up For Single-Conduct Hearings

    After months of courting the private sector for comment, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are preparing to kick off a series of public hearings on how best to revise agency procedures aimed at identifying anti-competitive exclusionary conduct.

  • May 24, 2006

    Drug Cos. Nervously Eye High Court In Landmark Case

    One week after the Solicitor General recommended that the Supreme Court deny certiorari in the closely watched Schering-Plough case, the nation’s highest court is still contemplating whether to allow the case to go forward – but the stakes for generic companies, brand-name drug makers and consumers are only getting higher.

  • May 24, 2006

    D.C. Snapshot: Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    Founded in 1890 – the same year the U.S. Congress passed the Sherman Act – Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has been representing clients in antitrust matters for much of the last century. But according to Michael Denger, one of the co-chairs of the firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group, it really all began with the New York Yankees.

  • May 24, 2006

    Greenberg Traurig Takes On New Shareholder

    Looking to move to a bigger platform, Gregory J. Casas has decided to join international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder for its one-year-old Houston office, which continues to expand its antitrust practice.

  • May 24, 2006

    E.U. Calls Vertical Silos Bad For Competition

    In a step closer to reducing the costs of the European Union’s cross-border clearing and settlement network, the European Commission said in a statement on Wednesday that stock exchange “vertical silos” are restricting competition.