Competition

  • July 19, 2006

    E.U. Overhauls State Aid Rules For Start-Ups

    The European Union's competition watchdog launched new rules Wednesday aimed at smoothing the roadblocks for small- and medium-sized firms to receive state-funded risk capital investment.

  • July 19, 2006

    E.C. Still Waiting For France's €1.14B State Aid Payout

    Refusing to back down from the French government, the European Commission is taking its state aid complaint over France Télécom to the European Court of Justice, in hopes of recovering up to €1.14 billion.

  • July 19, 2006

    Facing Huge Fines, Microsoft Commits To Antitrust Rules

    Weighed down by confrontations with competition regulators in the U.S. and Europe, Microsoft Corp. is drafting a set of voluntary principles to ward off further antitrust concerns about its ubiquitous operating system, the company said Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2006

    Putin Signs Law Reinforcing Gazprom's Dominance

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a new law solidifying Gazprom’s monopoly on natural gas exports, the last step in finalizing a measure widely considered to be an affront to the European Union.

  • July 19, 2006

    Regulation Would Hurt Consumers, Card Issuers Claim

    Visa U.S.A. Inc. and Mastercard Inc. told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that any attempt to impose regulations on electronic payment systems would ultimately harm consumers.

  • July 19, 2006

    Hospital Settlement Attracts Scrutiny

    A Latino advocacy group continues to criticize Catholic Healthcare West a month after the hospital group announced a settlement agreement in a class action over alleged price gouging.

  • July 19, 2006

    Pay Phone Company Calls For Damages

    A New York City pay phone operator has accused its competitors, the city and the commission in charge of telecommunications of conspiring to control the public pay phone market through strict regulation and preferential treatment.

  • July 19, 2006

    Terminal Owners Sue Airlines, City Over Antitrust Concerns

    Lashing out at a proposed compromise that would amend a federal law governing the services offered by Dallas Love Field airport, the owners of a vacant passenger terminal are alleging in a federal antitrust suit filed earlier this week that the agreement limits competition.

  • July 18, 2006

    DOJ, FTC Host Third Single-Firm Conduct Hearing

    Focusing on unilateral deal refusals, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission kicked off the third installment in their series of public hearings on how best to revise agency procedures aimed at identifying anti-competitive exclusionary conduct.

  • July 18, 2006

    British Airways Exec Speaks Out On Price-Fixing

    British Airways PLC Chairman Martin Broughton Tuesday addressed the fuel surcharges price-fixing scandal that has swept through the airline industry.

  • July 18, 2006

    Advocacy Group Wants Role In Bell Merger Review

    A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy group has asked the court to allow it to weigh in on the AT&T/SBC and Verizon/MCI mergers currently being reviewed in federal court, in a development that could affect the judge’s decision concerning whether or not to approve the merger settlements.

  • July 18, 2006

    FTC OKs $14B Merger Between Industrial Gas Cos.

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has given Linde AG the green light to acquire The BOC Group PLC for about $14.4 billion, a merger the FTC initially feared the would result in a dearth of competition and higher prices in the medical and industrial gas markets.

  • July 18, 2006

    Medtronic To Pay $40M To Settle Kickback Charges

    Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay $40 million to settle allegations that it offered kickbacks to doctors who used the company’s spinal products.

  • July 17, 2006

    Vodafone Cries Market Abuse, Demands €500M

    British mobile operator Vodafone has fired off a €500 million lawsuit at Italian rival Telecom Italia SpA, alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the Italian telecom market.

  • July 17, 2006

    Freshfields Lands Antitrust Big-Wig For Tokyo Office

    Committed to expanding its Asian operations, international powerhouse Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has snagged a Japanese competition veteran to join the firm’s antitrust, competition and trade group in Tokyo.

  • July 17, 2006

    Kroes Puts Banks, Card Issuers On Notice

    European Commission Chief Neelie Kroes put payment card companies and retail banks on notice on Monday to put an end to anti-competitive behavior or face corrective actions by the Commission.

  • July 17, 2006

    Roche, Sanofi Settle Australian Vitamins Cartel Action

    Australia’s first successful class action lawsuit for cartel violations has garnered a significant settlement from three multinational pharmaceutical companies, marking the latest victory for plaintiffs in the long-running global fight against the vitamins cartel of the 1990s.

  • July 17, 2006

    Orthopedic Makers Conspired To Fix Prices, Suit Claims

    Minnesota-based South Central Surgical Center has accused five orthopedic device makers of price-fixing, just a few weeks after the U.S. Department of Justice launched a probe into the $7 billion-a-year orthopedics industry.

  • July 14, 2006

    Court Rules Spain Must Handle Endesa Investigation

    The takeover case involving Spanish energy companies Gas Natural SDG SA and Endesa SA falls in the jurisdiction of Spanish regulators, according to a ruling handed down Friday by the European Court of First Instance.

  • July 14, 2006

    Businessman Seeks To Foil McClatchy Newspaper Deal

    A millionaire real estate investor who turned the sale of the San Francisco Chronicle into a lengthy legal battle six years ago has decided to intervene in McClatchy Inc.’s $737 million deal to shed three of the newspapers it acquired in its takeover of Knight Ridder Inc.