Competition

  • May 18, 2006

    ADM Must Still Cough Up €43.9M From Trough

    In a blow to Archer Daniels Midland Co., the European Union’s highest court has upheld a €43.9 million fine against the U.S. agricultural giant related to the price-fixing of certain animal feed ingredients.

  • May 18, 2006

    Panel To Review Repeal Of Insurer Antitrust Exemption

    In response to a proposed bill that would give insurers the option to waive their exemption from antitrust law, a Senate panel plans to evaluate the McCarran-Ferguson Act, which was passed more than 60 years ago.

  • May 18, 2006

    No End In Sight For DRAM Litigation

    The whirlwind of litigation involving DRAM technology will not abate any time soon, despite a federal judge's preliminary approval last week of a $160 million settlement to be paid by the world’s top memory-chip makers.

  • May 18, 2006

    State Attorneys General Step Up Antitrust Litigation

    The relationship between state and federal authorities—and the role they play in antitrust enforcement—has been changing in recent years, with state attorneys general increasingly cracking down on anti-competitive practices.

  • May 17, 2006

    E.C. Decries German Telecom Bill

    In a move that the European Commission has labeled illegal state aid, the German government has passed a bill that allows Deutsche Telekom AG to deny broadband access to its competitors.

  • May 17, 2006

    E.U. Dismisses U.S. Warning Over Airline Subsidies

    The European Union has responded coolly to an earlier warning by the United States that padding Airbus’ remodeling plan for its A350 aircraft with additional aid would exacerbate an already tense dispute before the World Trade Organization.

  • May 17, 2006

    Dawn Raid Targets Gas Cos. In Five E.U. Nations

    Continuing its crackdown on anti-competitive activity in the European energy market, the European Commission this week raided gas companies in five member states over concerns of abusive market position and restrictive business practices.

  • May 17, 2006

    Canadian Lumber Groups Suing U.S. Over Alleged Subsidy

    Two Canadian lumber-industry organizations are taking legal action in the United States to enforce a ruling under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that cleared Canada of unfairly subsidizing its softwood industry.

  • May 17, 2006

    Round Two of DOJ, DFA Antitrust Case Pushed Back

    A closely watched rematch between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Dairy Farmers of America has been delayed until the winter, the DOJ said.

  • May 16, 2006

    E.C. Launches Investigation Of Belgian Gas Provider

    The European Commission has launched a formal investigation into Beglian gas supplier Distrigas over concerns that it has been muscling potential competitors out of Belgium.

  • May 16, 2006

    Russian Company Seeks Dismissal Of BFI Suit

    A Russian aluminum producer is trying to shirk off a lawsuit brought by a California-based rival in U.S. federal court, which accused the company of fraud and unfair competition related to its recently acquired stake in a Nigerian competitor.

  • May 16, 2006

    Japan FTC Raids Contractors In Bid-Rigging Probe

    Suspicion that ten contractors in Japan may have rigged bids for contracts ordered by the Defense Facilities Administration Agency has led the country’s Fair Trade Commission on a Tokyo-wide search of offices.

  • May 16, 2006

    Cephalon Sued For Delaying Generic Competition

    Drug maker Cephalon Inc.’s attempts to stave off generic competition for its narcolepsy drug Provigil has landed it in the middle of a class action antitrust lawsuit, along with six of its competitors.

  • May 15, 2006

    Endesa Drops Lawsuit Related To Takeover Bid

    In the latest development in Endesa SA’s campaign to thwart a hostile takeover attempt by Gas Natural SGD SA, the Spanish electricity provider has agreed to a dismiss the lawsuit it filed in a federal court in New York against Gas Natural.

  • May 15, 2006

    Microsoft Extension In U.S. Parallels E.U. Complaints

    Both at home and abroad, Microsoft is struggling to keep up with antitrust regulators’ demands for interoperability information.

  • May 15, 2006

    DOJ Taps Covington & Burling For Deputy

    The U.S. Department of Justice has tapped Washington, D.C. law firm Covington & Burling to find its newest deputy assistant attorney general in charge of civil enforcement for its antitrust division.

  • May 12, 2006

    Arcelor Deal Cleared In United States: Mittal

    The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared Mittal Steel Co. NV's proposed $26.6 billion hostile takeover of Luxembourg-based rival Arcelor SA, the world's largest steel maker said Friday.

  • May 12, 2006

    Mirroring Immunity Policies Abroad, Asia Follows Suit

    Following a crackdown by the United States on cartels in recent years, several countries in Asia are following suit, introducing new immunity policies into their national laws or issuing amendments to existing leniency programs.

  • May 12, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Howrey LLP

    Howrey LLP, already one of the biggest and most respected antitrust firms in the United States, has been steadily building a Brussels empire. The Brussels division recently acquired a top European Commission merger official and now stands at 33 lawyers, placing it within the top five in Brussels according to size.

  • May 12, 2006

    Four Years On, Europe's Leniency Law A Success

    Four years after the European Union mirrored U.S. clemency laws, Commission regulators have met with astounding success in breaking up cartels and issuing heavy fines. Part two of a three-part series.