Competition

  • June 22, 2007

    Alza Challenges Antitrust Claims In Ditropan Case

    Alza Corp. has shot back at allegations raised by a purported class of indirect purchasers who claim that the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary violated federal and California antitrust laws by trying to keep generic versions of its bladder treatment Ditropan XL off the U.S. market.

  • June 21, 2007

    Ford Survives Antitrust Suit

    A federal appeals court has handed Ford Motor Company a victory in an antitrust suit, upholding a district court ruling that an expert witness's testimony for the plaintiff, a limousine builder, was not admissible and granting Ford's motion for a summary judgment.

  • June 21, 2007

    Whole Foods Would Bag 35 Stores To Merge

    A day after court documents filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in the case were unsealed, Whole Foods Markets Inc. said that it would sell 35 Henry's and Sun Harvest store locations should it be allowed to proceed with its proposed acquisition of natural foods rival Wild Oats Markets Inc.

  • June 21, 2007

    Circuit Sacks Antitrust Suit Over NFL Stadium Aid

    A circuit court has dismissed antitrust claims brought by an Ohio county that sought to tackle the National Football League and its 32 teams for allegedly abusing their monopoly over professional football in exchange for a heavily subsidized new stadium for the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • 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

    Suit Accuses NYSE Of Antitrust Violations

    The New York Stock Exchange exploited its control over trading systems by manipulating trading and colluding to fix the prices of execution services, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

  • June 20, 2007

    Attorneys Seek $9M In Fees In Insurance Case

    The latest motion to settle in the antitrust scandal affecting some of the nation's largest insurers and brokers asks for almost $9 million for the plaintiff attorneys' fees from the defendant, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

  • June 20, 2007

    Microsoft, Google Lay Down Swords

    In response to an antitrust complaint lodged with the U.S. Department of Justice by Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. reached an agreement Wednesday with the DOJ over the desktop search feature in its new Vista operating system.

  • June 20, 2007

    Whole Foods CEO's Words Give FTC Ammo

    A federal judge on Tuesday unsealed the complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission to block Whole Foods Market Inc.'s proposed $675 million acquisition of Wild Oats Markets Inc., a move that revealed the regulator's plans to use the words of Whole Foods' CEO as a weapon to stop the deal.

  • June 20, 2007

    State Attorneys General Push For Student Loan Law

    Thirty one state attorneys general urged the Senate on Tuesday to approve a bill requiring student loan providers to disclose their dealings with schools more fully.

  • June 20, 2007

    Plaintiffs Win More Time To Seal Glaxo Deal

    The plaintiffs in an antitrust class action alleging that a slew of pharmaceutical companies defrauded consumers by artificially inflating the prices of various prescription drugs have received more time to finalize a settlement with GlaxoSmithKline plc.

  • June 21, 2007

    Senate Democrats Push Through Energy Bill

    In an 11th hour compromise, the United States Senate passed an energy bill late Thursday that raises fuel efficiency standards, cracks down on price gouging and boosts ethanol production.

  • June 20, 2007

    DRAM Plaintiffs Seek More Time For Class Standing

    After having a slew of claims dismissed in an ongoing antitrust case against Dynamic Random Access Memory manufacturers earlier this month, the indirect purchasers in the multidistrict litigation have asked for more time to articulate their argument for class certification.

  • June 19, 2007

    Lawmakers Urge Block Of Sirius-XM Merger

    A bipartisan group of 72 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Attorney General and the heads of the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission, urging them to oppose the proposed merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio amid monopoly concerns.

  • June 19, 2007

    DOJ Settles Fee-Fixing Suit With Doctors Union

    Two years after settling its fee-fixing case against three Cincinnati OBGYNs, the U.S. Department of Justice settled Tuesday with the Federation of Physicians and Dentists and one of its employees, the case's last two defendants.

  • June 19, 2007

    Aquila Settles Natural Gas Suit

    Aquila Merchant Services Inc. has agreed to a $1 million settlement in a massive antitrust class action alleging natural-gas price manipulation, joining the lawsuit's five other settling companies and bringing the total settlement figure to $11.3 million.

  • June 19, 2007

    Class Seeks Extension On Airline Surcharge Deals

    Plaintiffs involved in the ongoing multidistrict antitrust litigation over alleged price-fixing for fuel surcharges are seeking more time to smooth out their proposed settlements with defendants American Airlines Inc. and United Air Lines Inc.

  • June 19, 2007

    Court Seals Documents In Insurance Case

    Despite protests from plaintiffs, a district court has granted a motion to seal documents in the consolidated antitrust suit pending against some of the nation's largest insurers.

  • June 19, 2007

    Cartel Fines Will Keep Rising, EC Says

    The European Commission intends to continue raising fines against companies that are involved in cartels, despite recent criticism that overly high penalties will have an adverse effect on consumers, an EC spokesperson said Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2007

    Judge Orders Repeal Of Visa Bylaw For Card Issuers

    A district judge has ruled that Visa USA’s bylaw allowing it to charge its top debit card issuers for switching over to MasterCard Inc. should be repealed because it breaches a 2003 antitrust class action settlement.