In the four years since the U.S. Supreme Court's monumental decision in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, pay-for-delay lawsuits have been on the cutting edge of antitrust law, but attorneys who work in the area say there are signs that the litigation is waning as pharmaceutical companies turn away from reverse payment settlements and drug buyers mull over adverse rulings.
Within the next few weeks, regulators expect to complete their review of Adelphia Communications Corp.’s plan to sell its assets to Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp., bringing the company one step closer to the end of a long stay in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
In a decision that could have far-reaching implications for antitrust cases, Britain’s House of Lords has dismissed a petition from the retired chief executive of Morgan Crucible Co. to review a law aimed at hastening the extradition of defendants to the U.S.
The Justice Department may have driven two major Mid-Atlantic utilities to sell several plants by filing a suit Thursday that threatens to derail their $16 billion merger.
The key to regulating anti-competitive behavior by single firms is drawing a distinct line between healthy competition and threatening, exclusionary acts, said Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras.
In a move to stimulate competition in the student consolidation loan market, President George W. Bush has repealed a rule that compelled borrowers who have all of their student loans with a single lender to consolidate with that lender.
Stolt-Nielsen isn't giving up without a fight. The global transportation company said Wednesday it would appeal its landmark antitrust case to the U.S. Supreme Court after losing a request for a rehearing "en banc" at the Third Circuit.
The Federal Communications Commission voted on Wednesday to revisit its media ownership restrictions, in what is likely to turn into a contentious debate over the amount of media outlets large companies are allowed to control.
Firing back at a federal judge’s earlier decision in the ongoing Costco litigation, the Washington State Liquor Control Board is refusing to step away from a case that pits federal antitrust laws against the state’s right to regulate alcohol.
Italian antitrust regulators have fined six oil companies, including subsidiaries of Exxon and Shell, a total of €315.4 million—$396.6 million—for an arrangement among the companies to supply jet fuel to airports.
Beleaguered transportation and storage company Stolt-Nielsen SA will not be able to cross a shareholder lawsuit off its list of legal worries, after a judge denied the company’s motion to dismiss the class action.
Removing a ban initially imposed on Liberty Media to preserve competition in the cable market, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has cleared the way for the Time Warner Inc. shareholder to vote its minority stake in the media and entertainment giant.
Air carriers Delta, Continental and Northwest are being eyed by the European Commission over possible antitrust violations stemming from their alliance with seven other airlines in Europe and Asia.
Claims of anti-competitive behavior have fallen on deaf ears, with the U.S. Supreme Court refusing to take on the appeal of a decision favoring U.S. Philips Corp. in a long and messy fight over “tying” patents to CD-ROM technology licenses.
An antitrust lawsuit against BP Plc. and ExxonMobil Corp. was dismissed Monday by a district court judge in Alaska, who ruled that the oil giants did not break the law by refusing to sell natural gas to a rival group or by teaming up with ConocoPhillips to negotiate the building of their own $20 billion natural gas pipeline.
As the American health care system faces skyrocketing costs and a growing nursing shortage, a group of nurses is taking aim at a slew of hospital systems in four federal class actions filed this week, accusing the hospitals of putting their bottom line ahead of fair wages by conspiring to keep nurses' salaries at artificially low levels.
A federal investigation into price manipulation in the natural gas markets continues to net guilty pleas, with three more traders admitting to organizing a conspiracy to skew the price of natural gas.
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus may soon ask for state aid in order to complete its A380 plane on time, a request that would add fuel to the already intense debate between the United States and the European Union over subsidies given to Airbus and rival Boeing Corp.
The European Commission has decided to take an in-depth look at the proposed merger between French energy companies Gaz de France and Suez SA, after twice postponing approval of the deal.
The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the Bush administration to weigh in on whether shareholders should be able to file antitrust claims against the world’s leading investment banks over their role in initial public offerings.
Although it has dropped its original action against MasterCard, the Office of Fair Trading said it plans to carry on with its six-year investigation into the credit card association’s interchange fees for allegedly violating competition laws in the European Union and United Kingdom.