Competition

  • September 25, 2007

    High Court To Take On Energy Contract Spat

    After a see-saw battle in the lower courts, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to wade into the controversy surrounding the numerous wholesale power contracts that were assigned during the height of the California energy crisis.

  • September 25, 2007

    MasterCard Loses Bid To Disqualify Plaintiffs' Attorney

    A judge ruled Monday that a former Department of Justice lawyer will be allowed to represent plaintiffs in an antitrust case against MasterCard Inc. over its interchange fees, despite his involvement in a federal investigation of the company, and a subsequent civil suit against it.

  • September 25, 2007

    Insurance Practices Raise Antitrust Issues: EU Report

    The European Commission has identified several widespread practices in the business insurance industry that may be causing competition issues and issued a report highlighting problems in the reinsurance and coinsurance markets.

  • September 26, 2007

    Judge Limits Discovery In TFT-LCD Case

    A district court judge has granted the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to stay discovery in the consolidated antitrust class action alleging collusion among TFT-LCD manufacturers.

  • September 25, 2007

    Utah AG Sues Slew Of Drug Cos. Over AWPs

    Another state has sued a slew of drug companies over average wholesale prices for drugs, saying the companies colluded to inflate drug prices and rip off the government.

  • September 24, 2007

    Italian Watchdog Investigates Railway Giant

    The Italian antitrust watchdog has kicked off an investigation into whether the country's leading railway company has abused its dominant position and attempted to block out competition to train operators it owns.

  • September 24, 2007

    AAI Questions FERC On Electricity Merger Review

    The American Antitrust Institute and six merger policy experts have sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission critiquing several facets of a recently issued policy statement on electricity merger reviews.

  • September 25, 2007

    Howrey Moves Into Spain

    Howrey LLP on Tuesday announced that it has acquired the Spanish antitrust law boutique Martínez Lage, expanding its growing international competition practice into one more European city.

  • September 25, 2007

    Suit Targets TV Networks' Channel Bundling

    Nine cable television subscribers have filed a putative class action antitrust suit against a slew of major television networks and cable companies, saying that by bundling their programming, they have limited competition and overcharged customers as a result.

  • September 27, 2007

    Q&A With Patton Boggs' Jonathan Rubin

    Federal antitrust policy should reflect unambiguously the primacy of the consumer welfare standard, says the acting antitrust litigation practice leader at Patton Boggs LLP in our series of Q&As with practice leaders at top law firms.

  • September 21, 2007

    Jacobi Pleads Guilty To Bid-Rigging DOD Contracts

    Jacobi Industries Inc. on Thursday became the latest company to plead guilty to conspiring to rig bids on U.S. Department of Defense contracts for the Middle East, a problem that has caused the administration to review over $6 billion worth of military contracts made over the last few years.

  • September 21, 2007

    AWP Counsel Asks Court To Kick Haviland Law Firm

    Class counsel in the multidistrict litigation over price-fixing of average wholesale drugs on Thursday attacked the Haviland Law Firm, contending that the court should find it unfit to serve as co-lead counsel.

  • September 21, 2007

    Spain Violated Law In Enel Takeover: EU

    The Spanish government's decision to impose conditions on the proposed merger of energy companies Enel SA, Acconia SA and Endesa SA violated European Commission competition laws, regulators have concluded.

  • September 24, 2007

    Alza Makes Another Push For Data In Ditropan Case

    Alza Corp. continues to put pressure on American Sales Co. to produce information that reinforces the plaintiff’s claims that the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary improperly controlled the market for Ditropan XL by preventing the sale of copycat versions of the incontinence drug.

  • September 24, 2007

    Zeroing OK For Administrative Review: Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld the U.S. Department of Commerce’s “zeroing” method for calculating anti-dumping duties, saying the United States' agreement to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that panned the policy didn’t apply in cases like that brought by a Dutch steel titan.

  • September 20, 2007

    Kroes Rebukes U.S. Criticism Of Microsoft Ruling

    European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Wednesday denounced U.S. Department of Justice comments that criticized a European high court for upholding a €497 million antitrust fine for Microsoft Corp.

  • September 20, 2007

    Plaintiff Wants Out Of Insurer Kickbacks MDL Suit

    One of the plaintiffs in the multidistrict antitrust litigation against numerous insurers and brokers has signaled that it wants its particular cases remanded back to federal court in Mississippi.

  • September 20, 2007

    Senate Committee Passes Railroad Antitrust Act

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed legislation that, if it becomes law, will purportedly increase competition and fairness by repealing the railroad antitrust exemptions.

  • September 20, 2007

    U.S. To Cut Farm Subsidies, Asks Others To Follow

    The United States has conceded to lower ceilings on farm subsidies and asked other countries to follow its lead as part of current round of World Trade Organization talks on opening global trade.

  • September 20, 2007

    OFT Smells Something Rotten With Dairy Prices

    After months of investigating the grocery market, Britain's top antitrust watchdog has accused the country's biggest supermarkets and their suppliers of conspiring to keep dairy product prices artificially high.