Competition

  • January 29, 2007

    Microsoft, Plaintiffs' Counsel Trade Jabs in Iowa

    As Microsoft Corp. touts the decisions of more than 1,100 individuals and businesses to opt out of the class action antitrust suit against the software giant in Iowa state court, the plaintiffs' camp is painting the opt-outs as a minor development stemming in part from personal animus over one of the lead attorney's political views.

  • January 26, 2007

    FTC Demands Changes In $22B Energy Buyout

    The Federal Trade Commission has challenged a proposed $22 billion buyout deal of energy giant Kinder Morgan Inc. by a group of private equity firms, concerned over possible antitrust implications.

  • January 26, 2007

    Federal Circuit Revives Oil Drilling Pipe Suit

    A federal appeals court has allowed Hydril Company LP’s antitrust and patent suit against Grant Prideco Inc. over oil drilling pipes to continue, more than a year after a district court threw out the case.

  • January 26, 2007

    Lawmakers Scrutinize Express Scripts Bid

    Sixteen riled legislators have written letters urging the Federal Trade Commission to take a closer look at possible anti-competitive effects of Express Scripts Inc.’s hostile acquisition bid for its larger rival, pharmacy benefit manager Caremark Rx Inc.

  • January 29, 2007

    OPEC Firms Try Dodging Antitrust Suits

    Seeking to unravel OPEC’s reach on U.S. soil, two potentially groundbreaking antitrust suits are working their way through district court to tackle the national oil companies of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, as well as their U.S. subsidiaries.

  • January 26, 2007

    Appeals Court Affirms Antitrust Dialysis Decision

    An appeals court has affirmed a lower court decision dismissing an antitrust lawsuit brought against a company that produces dialysis machine products.

  • January 25, 2007

    E.U. Court Refuses To Bend On Tube Maker Cartel

    In a boost for the European Union's antitrust authority, the European Court of Justice has upheld a €99 million fine imposed years ago by E.U. regulators on a cartel of seamless steel-tube makers known as the "Europe-Japan Club.”

  • January 25, 2007

    Industry Group Disbands Over Antitrust Claims

    A group of health care executives accused by the Connecticut Attorney General of engaging in anti-competitive deals with vendors has agreed to disband the organization.

  • January 25, 2007

    E.U. To Probe Spain's Electricity Sector

    Spain’s energy sector ran into trouble yet again on Thursday when the European Commission launched an investigation into whether the Spanish power industry benefited from artificially low electricity prices.

  • January 25, 2007

    Norway: Apple iTunes DRM Out Of Tune With Law

    Norway ruled on Thursday that Apple’s FairPlay music system for its iPods was nowhere near fair and ordered the company to open access to its music downloads by Oct. 1, putting even more pressure on Apple’s position in the European market.

  • January 25, 2007

    Kroes: Banking Probe Shows Antitrust Problems

    With the European Commission's final report on competition in the credit card industry looming, Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes has indicated that she believes antitrust problems are plaguing the financial services sector, resulting in diminished competition.

  • January 25, 2007

    Judge Unseals Documents In Newspaper Case

    A federal judge acquiesced in part Wednesday to an alternative paper and media resource center’s request that she unseal some documents in the lawsuit attempting to block the MediaNews Group acquisition of the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times.

  • January 25, 2007

    Ex-Morgan Crucible Exec Loses Extradition Appeal

    The former head of U.K. based Morgan Crucible PLC may soon head stateside to face criminal antitrust charges, after the British High Court refused to block his extradition.

  • January 25, 2007

    Express Scripts Can Keep Lawyers, Says Judge

    A judge has ruled Express Scripts can keep Skadden Arps as its legal counsel during its $26 billion takeover battle for retail pharmacy giant Caremark, despite claims the firm is conflicted because of earlier antitrust work.

  • January 25, 2007

    Gas Station Owner Appeals Antitrust Case

    A gas station operator has appealed a court’s summary judgment dismissing claims that it was forced to sign an “unconscionable” lease agreement with a subsidiary of Valero Energy.

  • January 24, 2007

    US Airways, Delta Heads Testify At Senate Hearing

    The chairman of US Airways Group Inc. on Wednesday told lawmakers that the carrier’s $10.2 billion hostile bid for bankrupt Delta Air Lines Inc. would benefit consumers and create one of the most financially stable airlines in the industry, even as Delta’s chief executive testified that his company wants to exit bankruptcy as a stand-alone carrier.

  • January 24, 2007

    Italy's Bank Scandal Drops Off E.C.'s Radar

    The European Commission’s internal markets regulator on Wednesday closed the infringement action it launched against Italy over how the nation handled two attempted takeovers of domestic lenders by non-Italian banks.

  • January 24, 2007

    E.C. Hauls Spain To Court Over Merger

    Following months of mounting warnings, Europe’s competition watchdog has hauled Spain to court over its attempt to block the merger of energy companies E.On AG and Endesa SA.

  • January 24, 2007

    Antitrust Suit Against Skype Dismissed

    Peer-to-peer network Morpheus has been struck a blow in a battle over who owns technology that powers P2P networks and Internet-powered phone calls. A federal judge has thrown out its $4.1 billion antitrust suit against Skype Technologies S.A. and Kazaa.

  • January 24, 2007

    E.C. Knocks Out Power Cartel With €750M Fine

    The European Commission has smacked some of the largest multinational firms in Europe and Asia with a massive €750 million fine for their alleged involvement in an electricity-transmission technology cartel, marking the largest such penalty ever imposed.