Competition

  • January 22, 2007

    Senate Prepares To Scrutinize US Air, Delta Merger

    With US Airways Group Inc.’s $10.2 billion hostile bid for bankrupt Delta Air Lines Inc. still up in the air, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on how airline mergers are likely to affect consumers.

  • January 22, 2007

    Regulator Seeks Info From Endesa, E.On

    The Spanish stock market regulator CNMV has heeded calls from Spanish energy and construction firm Acciona SA to probe Endesa SA and German utility E.On AG in an effort to identify possible collusion between the companies.

  • January 22, 2007

    Gazprom Exec Wary Of E.U. Energy Policy

    The European Union’s plan to cut oil and gas imports with the implementation of a new energy policy has drawn the criticism of Russia’s Gazprom, which has cautioned E.U. officials against jeopardizing long-term contracts.

  • January 22, 2007

    IBM Accused Of Unfair Competition

    A computer systems company on Monday filed a counterclaim against IBM, accusing the computer giant of attempting to block out competition and protect its monopoly by suing the smaller player for breach of contract and patent infringement.

  • January 22, 2007

    Calls Mount For Probe Of U.S. Corn Subsidies

    Three South American members of the World Trade Organization have joined Canada in a dispute against the United States, which they claim is violating international trade standards by handing out corn subsidies to American farmers.

  • January 22, 2007

    Class Certified In Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Case

    A judge on Friday granted class certification to a group of direct purchasers in the multidistrict litigation over an alleged hydrogen peroxide cartel.

  • January 19, 2007

    Italy Urged To Liberalize Gas Retail Market

    Italy's antitrust watchdog has urged the country’s parliament to liberalize competition between the country’s gasoline service stations in order to bring down prices and encourage new businesses to enter the market.

  • January 19, 2007

    Mittal Sells Polish Subsidiary As Part Of Merger

    Newly formed steelmaker Arcelor Mittal agreed Friday to sell one of its Polish subsidiaries as part of a plan to tackle the European Commission’s concerns about competition in a niche of the steel industry.

  • January 19, 2007

    Spain Won’t Back Down On Endesa Bid: Report

    Defying the European Union, the Spanish government has reportedly refused to rescind the conditions that it has imposed on the merger of energy companies E.On AG and Endesa SA, the country’s largest electricity producer.

  • January 19, 2007

    Antitrust Watchdog Forces Drug Divestitures

    To maintain competition in the generic injectable drug market, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that Hospira Inc. has to sell five drugs to acquire rival drug maker Mayne Pharma Ltd.

  • January 19, 2007

    E.U. Fines Looming In Power Generation Cartel

    After postponing the decision once before, the European Commission’s antitrust authority is just days away from hitting some of the largest multinational firms in Europe and Asia with fines for their alleged involvement in an electricity-transmission technology cartel, sources say.

  • January 18, 2007

    Vivendi Takes Collusion Case To France's High Court

    Unhappy with a record €534 million in fines imposed by France’s competition authority, Vivendi SFR said on Thursday it would take the case over collusion in the mobile telecommunications industry to France’s Supreme Court.

  • January 18, 2007

    E.U. Parliament Votes In Favor Of Rail Competition

    The European Parliament on Thursday butted heads with the Council of the Union when it voted on measures that would support more competition between the continent’s national railway networks, introduce new passenger rights and internationalize train crew members’ licenses.

  • January 18, 2007

    Steel-Making Industry Under Price-Fixing Scrutiny

    In a continuing European crackdown on price-fixing cartels in the steel-making industry, several calcium carbide suppliers were raided by the European Commission over suspected violations, the executive body said Thursday.

  • January 18, 2007

    Sony Battery Case Tests China's Antitrust Laws

    China’s largest battery manufacturer sued Sony Corp. on Wednesday, claiming that the Japanese giant and its local partner pulled the plug on competition by adopting a technology that prevents other companies’ batteries from being used in Sony digital cameras.

  • January 18, 2007

    Iowa Plaintiffs Say Microsoft Violated 2002 Judgment

    Plaintiffs in an antitrust class action are preparing to disclose information that shows Microsoft didn’t fully comply with the 2002 final judgment in United States’ case against the software giant, lawyers say.

  • January 18, 2007

    Ex-Milberg Weiss Antitrust Partners Join Pomerantz

    Two prominent antitrust attorneys will be joining the plaintiffs firm Pomerantz Haudek Block Grossman & Gross LLP in March as partners in charge of its antitrust practice, the firm said Thursday.

  • January 18, 2007

    Looking East, U.S. Law Firms Boost India Practices

    As an increasing number of U.S. companies look toward the Indian market, a spate of U.S. law firms are shoring up their India-focused practices ahead of an expected wave of cross-border litigation and transactions.

  • January 17, 2007

    Senate Bill Targets Reverse Payments

    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday he would introduce legislation to ban so-called reverse payments, saying deals between branded and generic drug makers delay cheaper drugs and cost consumers billions of dollars.

  • January 17, 2007

    E.U. Staff Pushing For Intel Charges: Report

    After a six-year investigation, staff members at the European Union have reportedly asked Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes to ready formal charges against microprocessor giant Intel Corp. for its alleged unfair business practices.