Competition

  • 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

    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.

  • June 21, 2007

    EC Mulls Apple's iTunes Response

    Just in time, Apple Computer Inc. responded Wednesday to a European Commission deadline for the company to address allegations that its agreements with a slew of major music labels have restricted cross-border access to Apple's online iTunes stores, in violation of competition laws.

  • 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.