Competition

  • October 13, 2006

    Kroes Prepares To Wage War Against Cartels

    The European Union’s competition commissioner said the regulator plans to use steeper fines and other deterrents to fight against cartels.

  • October 13, 2006

    FCC Pushes Back Vote On AT&T, BellSouth Deal

    In what many are calling an unorthodox move, the Federal Communications Commission has once again delayed its vote on the proposed $67 billion merger of telecommunications companies AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp.

  • October 13, 2006

    Microsoft Tries To Force Attorney Off Antitrust Case

    Attorneys for Microsoft Corp. have asked a judge to remove the lead attorney in one of several antitrust class actions the company faces, saying she lied and obtained stolen property that belongs to the computer software manufacturer.

  • October 13, 2006

    Insurance Organization Opposes Zurich Settlement

    A proposed class settlement that came out of Zurich Financial Services’ alleged bid-rigging scandal is being challenged by a national trade association, which feels small and medium insurance agents will suffer unfair adverse effects.

  • October 13, 2006

    DOJ Launches SRAM Antitrust Probe

    The Department of Justice has launched a probe into price-fixing in the market for static random access memory (SRAM), and requested information from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Samsung Semiconductor Inc.

  • October 12, 2006

    Ikea Challenges Air Cargo Industry

    Swedish retail giant Ikea Services AB has become the latest company to file charges against the $60 billion air cargo industry, accusing it of engaging in a global conspiracy to fix prices.

  • October 12, 2006

    FCC Delays Vote On AT&T/BellSouth Deal

    The Department of Justice’s approval of the merger of telecommunications companies AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. has angered smaller phone companies and consumer groups, and amid the protests the Federal Communications Commission has pushed back its vote on the deal.

  • October 12, 2006

    OFT To Slash Competition Case Workload

    The United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trading is planning to drop a series of pending investigations in order to free up more time to focus on high-profile violations of competition regulations.

  • October 12, 2006

    E.U. Threatens France With Suit Over Takeover Law

    The European Commission threatened legal action against France on Thursday if Paris fails to change its new protectionist corporate takeover law, which Brussels fears will hinder investments from other countries in the European Union.

  • October 12, 2006

    J&J, L'Oreal Cross Swords In Sunscreen Suit

    Johnson & Johnson and L’Oreal Inc. are squaring of in federal court in Manhattan over allegations that L’Oreal misled doctors and consumers about Johnson & Johnson’s sunscreen products’ ability to shield off harmful ultraviolet rays.

  • October 12, 2006

    FICO Credit Score Company Sues Credit Agencies

    The company behind the widely used FICO credit score rating, Fair Isaac Corp., has stuck three national credit reporting agencies with an antitrust lawsuit over the launch and marketing of a similar credit scoring model.

  • October 13, 2006

    Judge Tosses Copper Tubing Cartel Class Action

    In a move that may signal courts are requiring that allegations of antitrust conspiracies be more specific, a federal judge has given the final toss to a class action against a slew of metal firms accused of engaging in anti-competitive practices in the copper pipe market in the United States.

  • October 11, 2006

    FTC Seeks More Details In Oil Refiner Merger

    As federal regulators maintain a watchful eye over possible anti-competitive practices in the oil industry, the Federal Trade Commission is seeking more information on a prospective merger that would create the fourth-largest publicly traded independent oil refiner in the United States.

  • October 12, 2006

    FTC Continues Crackdown On Broker Groups

    The Federal Trade Commission stepped up its probe into the real estate industry on Thursday, charging two real estate groups in the Detroit area with illegally restraining competition and signing consent orders with five other groups around the country.

  • October 11, 2006

    Australian Regulator Survives Merger Decisions Coup

    A proposed overhaul of Australia’s merger approvals process has been changed to ensure the country’s antitrust regulator has a say in all decisions, and no longer allows companies to keep the regulator out of the loop.

  • October 11, 2006

    Spain On Brink Of Streamlining Antitrust Regulation

    The president of Spain's top antitrust court has indicated that the country intends to implement a unified National Competition Commission by May.

  • October 11, 2006

    Bankrate To Fork Over $3M To Settle Antitrust Spat

    Burying the hatchet in a long-running antitrust spat, Bankrate Inc. said Wednesday it would shell out $3 million to settle a lawsuit brought against it by American Interbanc LLC.

  • October 11, 2006

    DOJ Clears AT&T/BellSouth Deal

    The Department of Justice has cleared the proposed merger of telecommunications companies BellSouth Corp. and AT&T Inc., making approval by the Federal Communications Commission the only obstacle standing in the way of the $67 billion deal.

  • October 10, 2006

    E.C. To Rule On Internet Gambling Restrictions

    In stark contrast to the U.S. ban on online gaming approved by Congress last month, the European Commission plans to decide Thursday whether to take legal steps against Austria, France and Italy for blocking their gambling markets to foreign companies.

  • October 10, 2006

    High Court Passes On Tobacco Fund Antitrust Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the appeal of 30 state governments that have been wrangling with three small cigarette companies over the antitrust implications of accounts established to cover damages from future tobacco-related lawsuits.