Competition

  • March 28, 2006

    Microsoft Waging IP Fight In Antitrust Battle With EC

    Microsoft will get the opportunity to argue before European regulators this week in an effort to stave off a hefty daily fine in what has become a highly-contentious and drawn out antitrust battle with the European Commission.

  • March 28, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP has been handling antitrust matters for its clients almost continuously since the Sherman Act was passed in 1890, but the addition of the firm’s Brussels office in 1992 created a new way for Mayer Brown to be on the cutting edge of antitrust law.

  • March 28, 2006

    Intel Chairman Denies Rival's Antitrust Claims

    As the European Commission nears a decision in the landmark Intel-AMD case, the chairman of U.S. microchip maker Intel Corp. continued to defend the giant against allegations of anticompetitive behavior this week.

  • March 28, 2006

    Suez Looks To EC For Help With Enel

    French energy company Suez SA has looked to European Commission regulators for help in its battle against a possible takeover by Italian company Enel SPA. Suez filed a complaint with the Commission alleging that Enel policies illegally protect it from takeover.

  • March 27, 2006

    French Utility Spurns Belgian Sell Off Demands

    Suez SA, the French utility set to merge with Gaz de France SA, has rebuffed demands calling for the energy company to sell off its assets in Belgium—a condition some critics of the tie-up say is necessary for the blockbuster deal to go through.

  • March 27, 2006

    Microsoft Battles South Korean Antitrust Decision

    As Microsoft continues to fight European antitrust officials in a protracted legal dispute, the software giant also finds itself at loggerheads with South Korean competition authorities. On Monday, it appealed a decision that ordered the company to remove software from its Windows operating system.

  • March 27, 2006

    E.U. Expands Antitrust Review Of Guidant Deal

    As feared by industry observers, the European Commission chose Monday to expand its antitrust inquiry into the long-awaited acquisition of medical device maker Guidant Corp. by rival Boston Scientific Corp.

  • March 27, 2006

    Plavix Deal Triggers Antitrust Lawsuit

    Days after reaching a settlement in the Plavix patent war, Apotex Inc., French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis and U.S. partner Bristol-Myers Squibb are now facing a new antitrust lawsuit from supermarket operator Kroger Co. over the blockbuster stroke medication.

  • March 27, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Shearman & Sterling

    With only three competition partners and an equal number of associates on staff in Brussels, Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office has made inroads into the Brussels capital using less human capital than many of its competitors.

  • March 27, 2006

    Court Battle Looms Over Credit Card “Hidden Tax”

    Fed up with what they consider a “hidden tax” for merchants and consumers by credit card companies and their banks, merchants have decided to fight back with a large-scale antitrust class-action lawsuit against the major credit card companies. But past court decisions that have sided with the credit card companies could prove a significant challenge for the merchants as they fight their way through court.

  • March 27, 2006

    E.On Seeks Green Light From Spain In Endesa Battle

    Forging ahead with its bid to acquire Spain’s biggest energy utility, German energy giant E.On AG has formally requested regulatory clearance from Spanish authorities for its €29.1 billion takeover offer.

  • March 27, 2006

    Zurich Shells Out More In Bid-Rigging Settlement

    A week after one of its units settled bid-rigging charges for $171.7 million, Zurich Financial Services, Switzerland’s largest insurer, agreed on Monday to pay $153 million to resolve similar allegations by New York, Connecticut and Illinois.

  • March 27, 2006

    In Setback For Masimo, Judge Tosses $420M Award

    In a turnaround for Tyco International Ltd., a federal judge has vacated a jury’s $420 million award and ordered a new trial in an antitrust suit brought against industrial conglomerate by Masimo Corp. over alleged market manipulation of pulse oximetry products.

  • March 24, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: DLA Piper Rudnick

    Can you build a robust competition practice by acquiring half a dozen firms? In the past seven years, DLA Piper Rudnick has done precisely that.

  • March 24, 2006

    EU Revisits Article 82 on Competition Regulations

    Looking to set a uniform competition policy on how to best protect European Union markets from dominant companies that abuse monopoly power, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes and the Competition Directorate General are giving Article 82 of the EC Treaty a thorough review.

  • March 24, 2006

    Boston Scientific Merger Delayed Over EC Concerns

    Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp.’s commitments to alleviate antitrust concerns at the European Commission may ultimately delay the long-awaited purchase of the company by rival Guidant Corp.

  • March 24, 2006

    DOJ To Be Tested By Whirlpool Maytag Deal

    As the buyout of Maytag Corp. by Rival Whirlpool Corp. looms, all eyes are on the U.S. Department of Justice’s new Antitrust Division leader, who has until the March 30 to either block the $1.7 billion deal or remain silent.

  • March 24, 2006

    Arnold & Porter Tops Antitrust Litigation Survey

    Boosted by its high-profile defense of Philip Morris, Wyeth and Visa USA Inc., Arnold & Porter has grabbed the top spot as the most sought-after antitrust litigation team among the largest 200 U.S. firms, our survey of federal court dockets shows.

  • March 23, 2006

    Court Vindicates EC's Merger Review Procedure

    More than four years after a blocked merger embarrassed the European Commission, the European Court of Justice has partially vindicated the regulator in a lawsuit filed by French electrical equipment maker Schneider Electric SA.

  • March 23, 2006

    E.U. To Address State Aid In Global Competition

    European Union leaders are set to meet Friday to discuss, among other things, whether the European Commission should take a more flexible approach to state aid and recognize its use in global competition.