Competition

  • June 26, 2007

    Judge Tosses Antitrust Suit Against Google

    Marking a win for Google, a federal judge has thrown out the antitrust suit against the popular search engine brought by former New York attorney general candidate Carl E. Person, finding that he struggled to claim injuries he sustained personally from Google’s alleged monopolization of the search advertising market.

  • June 26, 2007

    Judge Narrows Discovery In ATM Antitrust Case

    A judge has scaled back the plaintiffs’ discovery demands in their purported antitrust class action against First Data Corp.’s ATM network for allegedly fixing interchange fees.

  • June 25, 2007

    High Court Refuses To Hear Authorized Generics Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the tamoxifen citrate antitrust lawsuit, meaning it will not weigh in on the legal issues surrounding authorized generics.

  • June 25, 2007

    EU Affirms Commitment To Competition Enforcement

    Although French President Nicolas Sarkozy succeeded in having a reference to free competition deleted from a new European Union treaty, the EU's competition policy and enforcement will remain the same, European Commission Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said Saturday.

  • June 25, 2007

    Burger King Franchise Loses Beef With McDonald's

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has halted a Burger King franchise's quest to hold McDonald's Corp. accountable for the alleged competitive injury that resulted from the burger rival's purported false advertising of various promotional games.

  • June 25, 2007

    Google Steps Into Microsoft Antitrust Case

    In yet another twist in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust saga, Google Inc. has asked a judge to extend the consent decree reached between Microsoft and state and federal antitrust regulators.

  • June 25, 2007

    Chemtura Asks For Limited Damages In Urethane MDL

    Asserting that it had satisfactorily cooperated with the plaintiffs in an ongoing antitrust case over urethane, Chemtura Corp. on Friday asked the court to limit damages it would have to pay in the litigation.

  • June 22, 2007

    FERC Scores Another Win In Competition Crusade

    Rounding out a victorious week for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and for energy competition, an appeals court Friday upheld the Commission's authority to regulate against wholesale power market manipulation.

  • June 22, 2007

    EU Expels Competition Reference From Treaty

    Sparking controversy among the members of the European Union, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has persuaded the European Commission to drop a reference to “free and undistorted competition” from the draft of a new treaty to replace the failed EU constitution.

  • June 22, 2007

    GPU Plaintiffs Argue Over Twombly's Influence

    The plaintiffs in an ongoing class action over alleged price-fixing by graphics chip makers said Thursday that the Supreme Court's recent “Twombly” decision should not lead to a stay of discovery in their case.

  • June 22, 2007

    Insurers Bank On Twombly To Get Suit Dismissed

    Some of the country's largest insurance companies became the latest high-profile defendants to cite the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Twombly ruling on Thursday when they argued a court should dismiss a class action against them.

  • June 22, 2007

    Drug Middlemen Pan Judge Over Subpoena Denial

    A magistrate judge's order preventing Medco Health Solutions Inc., Caremark Rx Inc. and Express Scripts Inc. from subpoenaing the other side's witnesses was too hard a pill to swallow for the pharmacy benefit managers, which argued on Thursday that they had the right to cross-examine experts accusing them of restricting competition in the drug market.

  • June 22, 2007

    Plaintiffs Request Privileged Docs In Conspiracy Case

    Plaintiffs in two non-class action suits involved in the long-standing multidistrict antitrust litigation alleging a conspiracy to fix the price of polyester staple fiber have asked the court to provide access to documents that may impeach the defendant’s witnesses.

  • June 22, 2007

    FTC To Whole Foods: No Peeking Into The Cupboard

    Saying it could chill cooperation with future investigations, the Federal Trade Commission is trying to block an attempt by Whole Foods Market Inc. to win access to information the regulator gleaned from other grocery stores while investigating the store's acquisition of rival Wild Oats Markets Inc.

  • June 25, 2007

    Hynix Wants Supreme Court To Review Antitrust Case

    Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and send an antitrust case brought by Rambus Inc. to an arbitrator in Korea, according to Rambus' general counsel.

  • July 3, 2007

    NOPEC Not Likely To Dent OPEC Power: Opponents

    In a show of force against soaring oil prices, Democrats on Capitol Hill are pushing the controversial NOPEC bill, aimed at dismantling foreign oil cartels. But the effects of such dramatic provisions, many suspect, would barely dent the bill's chief target, OPEC.

  • June 21, 2007

    Comdata Hit With Suit Over Trucker Fleet Cards

    Comdata Network Inc. is engaging in anti-competitive behavior in order to secure a monopoly in the U.S. market for trucker fleet cards, according to a putative class action brought by a small gas station chain.

  • June 21, 2007

    Judge Finds Drug Makers Liable For Inflating Costs

    A federal judge has issued a stinging rebuke to three pharmaceutical companies in a massive antitrust class action, finding that they acted unfairly and deceptively by causing the publication of artificially inflated average wholesale prices for various prescription drugs.

  • June 21, 2007

    Italian Banks Pay Back Aid EC Deemed Illegal

    Italian banks have paid back the money they saved from tax breaks they were granted in the late 1990s, after the European Commission rebuked Italy's government for passing a law that violated the EC's state aid rules.

  • June 21, 2007

    Lessees To Appeal Antitrust Suit Against Car Makers

    Plaintiffs have promised to take their antitrust class action against General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler Corp. and other companies to an appeals court, after a district court judge dismissed their claims that the auto makers conspired to block cheaper Canadian cars from reaching the American market.