Competition

  • March 16, 2007

    FBI Raids Airline's U.S. Headquarters

    A year after raiding the offices of All Nippon Airways over suspected price-fixing of passenger surcharges, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation once again raided the airline's North American offices on Thursday.

  • March 16, 2007

    Illinois Utilities Accused Of Price-Fixing

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alleged Thursday that electricity suppliers manipulated prices at a 2006 auction involving Commonwealth Edison Co. and the Ameren Companies.

  • March 16, 2007

    E.U. Will Clear Universal-BMG Deal: Source

    The European Commission is reportedly planning to eventually clear the $2.1 billion marriage of Universal Music Group and BMG’s publishing arm.

  • March 16, 2007

    Law To Probe TXU Deal Passes Texas Senate

    The Texas Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would more clearly lay out the Texas Public Utilities Commission’s power to review and approve proposed transactions involving public utilities, allowing it to clamp down on the controversial $44 billion takeover of TXU Corp.

  • March 16, 2007

    Court Reverses Dismissal Of Truck Co.’s Antitrust Suit

    An appeals court has overturned a lower court’s decision to dismiss a trucking company’s antitrust suit alleging its competitor, Werner Enterprises Inc., lured away its newly trained truck drivers.

  • March 15, 2007

    Ex-Morgan Crucible CEO To Appeal Extradition

    The former head of Morgan Crucible Company, who is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. on charges of price-fixing, may soon have his case heard by England’s highest court, after several judges agreed that the case is of importance to the general public.

  • March 15, 2007

    E.U. Court Affirms €6.8M British Airways Fine

    A European Union high court on Thursday rebuffed British Airways’ bid to overturn a €6.8 million fine it received for abusing its dominant position in the United Kingdom airline industry in the 1990s.

  • March 15, 2007

    Universal, BMG Offer To Sell Publishing Rights: Source

    Universal Music Group and BMG’s music publishing arm have offered to sell off portions of their music catalogs to appease European Union antitrust regulators and gain approval of their merger.

  • March 15, 2007

    AG Probes Student Loan Providers

    New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that student lenders are providing kickbacks and other perks to colleges across the country in order to entice schools to drive business their way, possibly at the expense of the students.

  • March 15, 2007

    New Senate Bills Target Oil Mergers, OPEC

    A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would force energy companies to prove to regulators that proposed mergers and acquisitions in the oil industry won’t hinder competition in the marketplace.

  • March 15, 2007

    FTC Blocks $970M Natural Gas Co. Acquisition

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it is blocking the acquisition of a natural gas company, claiming the sale would create a monopoly for nonresidential natural gas customers in southwestern Pennsylvania and the biggest natural gas distribution company in the state.

  • March 14, 2007

    Construction Co. Indicted On Bid-Rigging Charges

    A construction company and its executives have been indicted on charges they rigged bids sent to BP America Co. for natural gas pipeline projects in Colorado, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • March 15, 2007

    Think Tank Urges FERC To Reform Merger Policies

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should change the way it analyzes mergers in the electricity sector to encourage more interagency cooperation and independent study of potential effects, according to an antitrust think tank.

  • March 14, 2007

    Hydrogen Peroxide Cartel Lives On: Suit

    Chem-Way Corp. has filed a lawsuit against a group of hydrogen peroxide makers, accusing them of price-fixing.

  • March 14, 2007

    Glaxo Receives France’s First Predatory Pricing Fine

    France’s competition regulator has penalized GlaxoSmithKline PLC $13.2 million, the country’s first fine for predatory pricing, for allegedly pricing an injectable antibiotic below costs to prevent generics makers from entering the market.

  • March 14, 2007

    E.U. Takes Aim At Flat Glass Cartel

    The European Union’s antitrust authority sent price-fixing allegations to a handful of international companies on Wednesday, taking its first formal step toward shattering an alleged cartel in the flat glass manufacturing industry.

  • March 15, 2007

    Toronto Snapshot: Ogilvy Renault LLP

    While Ogilvy Renault LLP is over 100 years old, its antitrust practice is relatively new. Nonetheless, the firm’s established strength and client list, combined with experienced practice group leaders, have helped the practice become a leading Canadian group.

  • March 13, 2007

    DOJ Takes Microsoft To Task For Missing Deadlines

    The Department of Justice frowned on Microsoft Corp.’s failure to meet interoperability deadlines on Tuesday at a quarterly court oversight session, and may allow licensees to avoid paying the corporation until it catches up.

  • March 13, 2007

    E.U. Moves To Tighten M&A Rules

    The European Commission on Tuesday voted preliminarily to tighten the guidelines for member state regulators reviewing cross-border bank mergers and acquisitions.

  • March 13, 2007

    Quiznos Sued Over Treatment Of Franchisees

    In the latest of a series of suits, dozens of Quiznos restaurant owners have accused their parent company of fraudulently inducing them to purchase franchises and then exploiting them through racketeering and anticompetitive conduct.