Competition

  • September 26, 2006

    Drug Makers Toss Authorized Generic Plan

    In hopes of ridding itself of pending litigation, Warner Chilcott Ltd. said Tuesday that it has terminated parts of an agreement with Barr Laboratories Inc. and will allow its rival to market a generic version of a blockbuster birth control drug.

  • September 26, 2006

    LimeWire Alleges Cartel In RIAA Copyright Row

    Major record labels are manipulating their own copyrights to form an illegal cartel and restrict competition in the market for online music distribution, according to a countersuit filed by file-sharing company LimeWire LLC.

  • September 26, 2006

    Starbucks Beaned By Antitrust Suit

    Setting the scene for a David versus Goliath showdown, the owner of a small Washington coffee company has sued Starbucks Corp. for allegedly engaging in anti-competitive practices that drove her out of business.

  • September 26, 2006

    J&J Sues Abbott, Boston Scientific For Over $5.5B

    Months after its failed attempt to take over Guidant Corp., Johnson & Johnson is suing for at least $5.5 billion, saying the medical device maker breached their agreement by leaking information on antitrust clearance to rival suitor Boston Scientific Corp.

  • September 25, 2006

    Senators Decry Pork Producer Buyout

    A bid by pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. to buy out its top rival has stirred the ire of Midwest senators and a coalition of farmers who say the proposed $810 million deal would adversely impact independent farmers and consumers.

  • September 25, 2006

    E.U. Ends Legal Shipping Cartels

    Starting what could be a global trend, the European Union agreed Monday to increase competition in shipping routes by retiring an antitrust immunity law that allows price-fixing by shipping companies.

  • September 25, 2006

    FCC Conditions Likely In AT&T/BellSouth Merger

    The Federal Communications Commission is likely impose conditions on the pending $67 billion merger of Bell South and AT&T, according to reports from inside sources.

  • September 25, 2006

    Support For Stolt Comes Pouring In

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and eight other organizations have filed amicus curiae briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Stolt-Nielsen S.A., a Norwegian shipping company that has been charged with bid-rigging by the Department of Justice despite previously signing an amnesty agreement.

  • September 25, 2006

    AmEx Fails To Move Class Action To Arbitration

    A federal judge has rejected a renewed effort by American Express Company to have a class action antitrust suit against the credit card giant resolved through arbitration.

  • September 22, 2006

    Hutchison Has High Hopes For Revised Airport Bill

    After months of fierce debate, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison hopes her bill to eliminate flight restrictions at Dallas Love Field Airport will sail through now that some controversial antitrust language has been removed.

  • September 22, 2006

    U.S. Should Face Up To Flawed Anti-Dumping Tariffs: E.U.

    The European Union on Friday pressed the World Trade Organization once again for new consultations with the United States over its controversial method for calculating anti-dumping tariffs.

  • September 22, 2006

    Doctors Bring Class Action Against Health Insurers

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Oxford Health Plans Inc. have unfairly stifled competition by coercing doctors into giving them more business, according to a class action lawsuit filed against the two companies.

  • September 22, 2006

    Korean Conglomerates Decry U.S. Antitrust Demands

    The majority of Korean conglomerates agree that antitrust rules enforced by the nation’s Fair Trade Commission obstruct their investment activity and shouldn’t be tightened to appease the United States.

  • September 22, 2006

    Covington Adds Anita Stork As Antitrust Partner

    Covington & Burling LLP has added another partner to its Litigation and Antitrust and Consumer Law practice groups, poaching Anita Stork from Cooley Godward LLP.

  • September 21, 2006

    Suez, Gaz de France Make Offer To Appease E.C.

    In an effort to obtain antitrust approval of their merger from the European Commission, Suez and Gaz de France have offered to create a new company containing parts of both, which could then be sold to a third party.

  • September 21, 2006

    U.S. Software Rivals Denounce Microsoft’s Vista

    Two U.S. software manufacturers are calling for European Union regulators to rein in Microsoft Corp. for preinstalled features in its upcoming Windows Vista package.

  • September 21, 2006

    Court Upholds Penalty Against JCB

    JCB Group’s appeal of a €30 million fine backfired Thursday, when Europe’s highest court slightly increased the fine and ordered the U.K. construction and farm equipment maker to bear the costs of the appeal proceedings.

  • September 21, 2006

    DRAM Scam Means Jail For Samsung VP

    The long-running legal war over dynamic access random memory (DRAM) has claimed another casualty: Samsung Semiconductor Inc.’s vice president of memory sales and marketing has agreed to plead guilty to a federal felony charge stemming from his role in the global conspiracy to fix prices for DRAM.

  • September 21, 2006

    HCA Denies Claims Of Anti-Competitive Behavior

    Hospital chain HCA Inc. has vehemently denied allegations of anti-competitive practices levied by health care provider UnitedHealth Group Inc. in a lawsuit filed earlier this week.

  • September 21, 2006

    Class Action Against Banks, Card Companies Tossed

    A slew of credit card companies and banks can breathe a sigh of relief, following a federal judge's dismissal of a class action antitrust lawsuit alleging the defendants conspired to make arbitration clauses mandatory in cardholder agreements.