Competition

  • March 2, 2007

    U.K. Court Greenlights Pfizer Drug Supply Deal

    Despite an attempt by drug wholesalers to block a controversial arrangement between Pfizer Inc. and a drug wholesaling arm of London-based Alliance Boots, a United Kingdom court has allowed the deal—which would force pharmacists to purchase medicines directly from the American pharmaceutical giant—to move forward.

  • March 2, 2007

    Farmers Threaten Suit Over Monsanto-Delta Merger

    Despite heightened concerns and the threat of lawsuits from farm groups, Monsanto Co. is plowing ahead with its plans to acquire Delta & Pine Land Co. for $1.5 billion.

  • March 2, 2007

    Sony Didn't Give A Franc, Fixed Prices On PS2: France

    The French competition authority has fined Sony Computer Entertainment France €800,000 for fixing prices with retailers during the launch of its PlayStation 2 game console in France.

  • March 2, 2007

    Chavez Floats South America Gas Cartel

    In a move to weaken U.S. influence further, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has reportedly called on neighboring countries to join him in the creation of a South America natural gas cartel.

  • March 2, 2007

    Kaplan Fox Picks Up Two Antitrust Attorneys

    The antitrust practice at Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP has snagged two attorneys from Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll PLLC, adding Linda P. Nussbaum and Susan R. Schwaiger to its New York office.

  • March 2, 2007

    U.S., E.U. Draft Transatlantic Open Skies Agreement

    After years of negotiations, the United States and the European Union on Friday agreed on a preliminary deal that, if approved by each side, will make strides towards liberalizing the transatlantic aviation market.

  • March 1, 2007

    Third Wave Files Antitrust Claim Over HPV Test

    Third Wave Technologies Inc. on Thursday answered Digene Corp.’s patent lawsuit with an antitrust complaint, claiming that its rival has abused its monopoly power over a test for cancer-causing human papilloma virus.

  • March 1, 2007

    Court Upholds Brittania's €3.37M Zinc Cartel Fine

    A European Union top court told Britannia Allows & Chemicals on Thursday that it must pay €3.37 million for its involvement in a zinc cartel, even though the European Commission had bent its policies when calculating the fine.

  • March 1, 2007

    Genworth Subpoenaed In Bid-Rigging Probe

    Insurance holding company Genworth Financial has disclosed that one of its subsidiaries is under investigation for bid-rigging.

  • March 1, 2007

    Appeals Court Deals Philips Blow In CD “Tying” Case

    In a setback for Philips Corp., an appeals court has stayed New York federal court litigation and vacated its order granting Philips’ motion for summary judgment against allegations that it illegally tied patents to CD-ROM technology licenses.

  • March 1, 2007

    E.C. Threatens To Fine Microsoft Again

    Europe’s competition watchdog has warned Microsoft Corp. it could face even more fines, accusing the software giant of charging excessive licensing fees for the interoperability data regulators ordered it to make available to competitors.

  • March 1, 2007

    E.C. Delves Deeper Into Sony-BMG Deal

    The European Commission launched an in-depth investigation Thursday into whether Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann AG’s deal to combine their music recording units creates a monopoly position in the industry.

  • February 28, 2007

    N.Y. Weighs In With High Court On IPO Class Action

    The state of New York has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping to prevent investment firms from receiving antitrust immunity in a class action against 16 financial companies over the underwriting of initial public offerings.

  • February 28, 2007

    BSkyB Offers Free Channels To Virgin In Media Fight

    British Sky Broadcasting Group offered a solution to its current squabble with Virgin Media on Tuesday, proposing that it offer basic channels, such as Sky One and Sky Sports News to Virgin customers at no cost.

  • February 28, 2007

    Sears Challenges Dior, Givenchy

    In one of the first corporate applications before Canada’s competition law tribunal, Sears Canada Inc. has claimed that a decision by Christian Dior and Givenchy to stop supplying their products to Sears will result in a monopoly for rival retailer the Bay.

  • February 28, 2007

    Lenox Settles Bed, Bath & Beyond Antitrust Suit

    About a month before its trial was set to begin, Lenox Group Inc. has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a proposed class action suit that accused the fine china maker of conspiring to fix and boycott sales of tableware to homewares retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond.

  • March 1, 2007

    Energy Price-Gouging Legislation Introduced

    With gas prices once again going up, 79 House members introduced legislation Wednesday that would give the Federal Trade Commission more power to punish energy price-gougers.

  • February 28, 2007

    Sirius CEO Testifies Before Congress On Merger

    Continuing his efforts to get approval for a Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. union, Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin testified to Congress on Wednesday that the merger would not lead to less choice or higher costs.

  • February 28, 2007

    C.R. Bard Hit With Antitrust, Product Liability Suits

    Health care products maker C.R. Bard Inc. has been hit with two putative class action lawsuits in federal courts, a personal injury suit and an antitrust suit.

  • February 28, 2007

    Class Action Over Calif. Energy Crisis Thwarted

    Indirect purchasers in California cannot launch a class action against the wholesale electricity companies accused of distorting the energy market and causing the state’s energy crisis in 2000, a state court of appeals has ruled.