Competition

  • May 29, 2007

    AG Calls For Frost Brown Removal From Marathon Suit

    Kentucky Attorney General Gregory D. Stumbo on Thursday insisted Frost Brown Todd LLC should be disqualified from representing Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC in the Marathon Oil Corp. subsidiary's lawsuit against the commonwealth of Kentucky due to conflicts of interest.

  • May 29, 2007

    FTC Eyes Google-DoubleClick Union

    Google Inc.'s $3.1 billion marriage proposal to Internet advertising company DoubleClick Inc. has come under regulatory fire, with antitrust authorities asking the companies for more information about the union a little more than a month after the deal was announced.

  • May 29, 2007

    Purdue, Impax Patent Fight Comes To An End

    A patent infringement suit filed over blockbuster painkiller OxyContin has been dismissed, after a court approved the settlement reached between OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and generic pharmaceutical company Impax Laboratories.

  • May 29, 2007

    Qantas Will Aid In Cargo Investigation: Report

    Less than two weeks after British Airways PLC admitted it had violated antitrust law, Qantas said Tuesday that it is cooperating with U.S. and British regulators' investigation of industry-wide air cargo price-fixing, according to a published report.

  • May 29, 2007

    JP Morgan Avoids Trial In Copper Antitrust Suit

    Rather than face trial, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has decided to settle a long-running antitrust lawsuit stemming from allegations that it conspired with Tokyo-based trading company Sumitomo Corp. to “squeeze” the market and raise prices for Sumitomo’s copper holdings.

  • May 29, 2007

    Coca-Cola Hit With Two Tough Rulings In Mexico

    The Coca-Cola Co. suffered twin defeats in Mexico on Tuesday, with a Mexican subsidiary being fined almost $1 million for anti-competitive behavior and a Mexican bottler having a planned merger with a large fruit-juice producer potentially scuttled, according to sources.

  • May 29, 2007

    Court Shakes Head At FTC In Western-Giant Case

    A federal district court has denied the Federal Trade Commission's request for a preliminary injunction barring the proposed $1.4 billion merger between Western Refining Inc. and Giant Industries Inc.

  • May 25, 2007

    AMD Subpoenas Intel Counsel In Antitrust Case

    The dispute over lost e-mails at the center of an antitrust case against Intel Corp. just got nastier, with rival Advanced Micro Devices serving subpoenas for documents to Intel’s outside counsel.

  • May 29, 2007

    Honeywell DRAM Litigation Dries Up

    Honeywell International Inc. is steps away from resolving an antitrust case it filed against DRAM chip producers last year, after a judge dismissed without prejudice the claims of defendants Micron Technology Inc., Crucial Technologies Inc. and Hitachi Ltd.

  • May 25, 2007

    Plaintiffs Push On In Urethane Antitrust Case

    An amended complaint has been filed in part of the long-standing multidistrict antitrust litigation against urethane manufacturers and distributors alleging almost a decade of anti-competitive conduct.

  • May 25, 2007

    DRAM Antitrust Action Nearing Final Settlement

    The remaining three defendants in the DRAM antitrust class action have agreed to settle for $22 million, wrapping up a five-year court battle with a slew of computer chip makers.

  • May 24, 2007

    Lawyers Fight To Represent LCD Plaintiffs

    Five firms seeking to represent indirect purchasers in a class action alleging price-fixing for TFT-LCD technology filed a memorandum Tuesday seeking to bar a different group of lawyers from representing the plaintiffs.

  • May 24, 2007

    Germany Renews Battle Cry Against Unbundling

    The head of Germany’s cartel office has reportedly reinforced the country’s opposition to the European Commission’s calls for unbundling in Europe’s energy markets, arguing that forcing companies to separate their production and distribution capabilities should be a strategy of last resort in addressing anti-competitive concerns.

  • May 24, 2007

    Fry's Loses Subpoena Fight In Intel Antitrust Case

    The special master appointed to oversee discovery in the antitrust class action against Intel has sided with consumers, finding a retail computer chain’s objections to a subpoena for confidential material "unpersuasive."

  • May 24, 2007

    BSkyB Deal Faces Further Scrutiny

    Britain's Department of Trade and Industry has decided to refer British Sky Broadcasting Group's stake in independent television broadcaster ITV to the country's Competition Commission in the face of widespread opposition to the deal due to competition concerns.

  • May 24, 2007

    Senator Doesn't Like The Sound Of XM-Sirius Deal

    The chairman of a U.S. Senate subcommittee on antitrust and competition policy told regulators that allowing a merger between satellite radio providers XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio would result in higher prices and poorer service.

  • May 25, 2007

    Consumers Oppose Netflix's Move To Dismiss

    Customers currently waging war against Netflix Inc. for allegedly distorting competition by fraudulently obtaining two patents opposed the DVD rental services’ request to dismiss the case on Thursday.

  • May 24, 2007

    Two Suits Added To OxyContin Antitrust Case

    Two patent infringement suits have been added to the consolidated antitrust class action lawsuit filed over alleged inequitable conduct during the patent application process for the blockbuster painkiller OxyContin.

  • May 24, 2007

    McGuireWoods Antitrust Partner Fired: Source

    Eliot G. Disner, a McGuireWoods LLP partner who was a lead plaintiffs attorney in the BAR/BRI antitrust case, is no longer with McGuireWoods, a plaintiff says. His brief objecting to a $49 million settlement was submitted by the plaintiffs last Thursday over McGuireWoods' opposition.

  • May 23, 2007

    House Passes Democrats' Price-Gouging Bill

    A bill that would criminalize and impose liability for gasoline price gouging during energy emergencies was passed by a two-thirds majority of the House of Representatives Wednesday, despite President George W. Bush's opposition.