Competition

  • May 17, 2006

    E.U. Dismisses U.S. Warning Over Airline Subsidies

    The European Union has responded coolly to an earlier warning by the United States that padding Airbus’ remodeling plan for its A350 aircraft with additional aid would exacerbate an already tense dispute before the World Trade Organization.

  • May 17, 2006

    Dawn Raid Targets Gas Cos. In Five E.U. Nations

    Continuing its crackdown on anti-competitive activity in the European energy market, the European Commission this week raided gas companies in five member states over concerns of abusive market position and restrictive business practices.

  • May 17, 2006

    Canadian Lumber Groups Suing U.S. Over Alleged Subsidy

    Two Canadian lumber-industry organizations are taking legal action in the United States to enforce a ruling under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that cleared Canada of unfairly subsidizing its softwood industry.

  • May 17, 2006

    Round Two of DOJ, DFA Antitrust Case Pushed Back

    A closely watched rematch between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Dairy Farmers of America has been delayed until the winter, the DOJ said.

  • May 16, 2006

    E.C. Launches Investigation Of Belgian Gas Provider

    The European Commission has launched a formal investigation into Beglian gas supplier Distrigas over concerns that it has been muscling potential competitors out of Belgium.

  • May 16, 2006

    Russian Company Seeks Dismissal Of BFI Suit

    A Russian aluminum producer is trying to shirk off a lawsuit brought by a California-based rival in U.S. federal court, which accused the company of fraud and unfair competition related to its recently acquired stake in a Nigerian competitor.

  • May 16, 2006

    Japan FTC Raids Contractors In Bid-Rigging Probe

    Suspicion that ten contractors in Japan may have rigged bids for contracts ordered by the Defense Facilities Administration Agency has led the country’s Fair Trade Commission on a Tokyo-wide search of offices.

  • May 16, 2006

    Cephalon Sued For Delaying Generic Competition

    Drug maker Cephalon Inc.’s attempts to stave off generic competition for its narcolepsy drug Provigil has landed it in the middle of a class action antitrust lawsuit, along with six of its competitors.

  • May 15, 2006

    Endesa Drops Lawsuit Related To Takeover Bid

    In the latest development in Endesa SA’s campaign to thwart a hostile takeover attempt by Gas Natural SGD SA, the Spanish electricity provider has agreed to a dismiss the lawsuit it filed in a federal court in New York against Gas Natural.

  • May 15, 2006

    Microsoft Extension In U.S. Parallels E.U. Complaints

    Both at home and abroad, Microsoft is struggling to keep up with antitrust regulators’ demands for interoperability information.

  • May 15, 2006

    DOJ Taps Covington & Burling For Deputy

    The U.S. Department of Justice has tapped Washington, D.C. law firm Covington & Burling to find its newest deputy assistant attorney general in charge of civil enforcement for its antitrust division.

  • May 12, 2006

    Arcelor Deal Cleared In United States: Mittal

    The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared Mittal Steel Co. NV's proposed $26.6 billion hostile takeover of Luxembourg-based rival Arcelor SA, the world's largest steel maker said Friday.

  • May 12, 2006

    Mirroring Immunity Policies Abroad, Asia Follows Suit

    Following a crackdown by the United States on cartels in recent years, several countries in Asia are following suit, introducing new immunity policies into their national laws or issuing amendments to existing leniency programs.

  • May 12, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Howrey LLP

    Howrey LLP, already one of the biggest and most respected antitrust firms in the United States, has been steadily building a Brussels empire. The Brussels division recently acquired a top European Commission merger official and now stands at 33 lawyers, placing it within the top five in Brussels according to size.

  • May 12, 2006

    Four Years On, Europe's Leniency Law A Success

    Four years after the European Union mirrored U.S. clemency laws, Commission regulators have met with astounding success in breaking up cartels and issuing heavy fines. Part two of a three-part series.

  • May 12, 2006

    Microsoft Agrees To 2-Year Extension Of Oversight

    Microsoft Corp. has consented to a two-year extension on a critical provision in its 2002 antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • May 12, 2006

    U.S. Amnesty Program: A Model for Success

    After years of struggling to determine how best to break up cartels, the U.S Department of Justice’s recent crackdown of the chemical industry highlights the success the agency has found with its revamped amnesty program, a venture that has spawned similar models throughout the world.

  • May 11, 2006

    European Regulators Object To E.C. Roaming Plans

    The European Union’s proposed route for reducing roaming fees for mobile phones is off track, according to a group of European telecom regulators, which officially objected to the plan Thursday.

  • May 11, 2006

    Amid Takeover Scuffle, Arcelor Sues Mittal

    In the middle of a hostile takeover battle, Arcelor SA has smacked rival Mittal Steel Co. with a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S., accusing the giant of bootlegging a type of steel used in the auto industry.

  • May 11, 2006

    Ryanair Slams Air France Over Alleged State Aid

    Frequently tangled up in the state aid web itself, low cost Irish airline Ryanair Holdings has lodged a complaint with the European Commission against Air France, accusing its well-known competitor of receiving an estimated €1 billion in illegal state aid.