Competition

  • December 19, 2006

    FCC To Vote On Easing Cable Franchise Regulations

    In a move that could open up competition in the local cable market, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on Wednesday on whether to relax the regulations governing cable television acquisitions.

  • December 15, 2006

    Refinery Vindicated In Price Discrimination Suit

    A refinery has won summary judgment in a case in a California federal court in which the owner of four Bay Area gas stations accused the refinery of price discrimination because it refused to pay a “facilities allowance” when the gas stations stopped using the refinery’s proprietary credit card processing system.

  • December 15, 2006

    DOJ Streamlines Second Request Process

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that it would further streamline its merger review process to reduce the cost of second requests.

  • December 15, 2006

    E.U. Threatens Germany Over Telecom Law

    Echoing months of warning, Europe’s competition watchdog said it will not hesitate to haul the German government to court after the passage on Friday of a new law that will allow Deutsche Telekom AG to avoid sharing its network with rival companies.

  • December 15, 2006

    Catheter Maker Settles Antitrust Suit For $49M

    Catheter manufacturer Rochester Medical Corp., which launched an antitrust suit against a group of rival medical supply manufacturers and group purchasers two years ago, announced Thursday that it has settled with yet another party named in the suit.

  • December 15, 2006

    Exec’s Fate Cemented In Concrete Price-Fixing Case

    The former president of Carmel Concrete Products is headed off to prison for 14 months for his alleged participation in a widespread plot to fix the prices of ready-mix concrete in central Indiana.

  • December 14, 2006

    E.U. Court Weighs In On Gas Station Exclusivity

    The European Union’s highest court has ruled that oil companies should be prohibited from signing exclusive supply contracts with gas stations and setting retail prices, contending that such actions constitute violations of E.U. antitrust law.

  • December 14, 2006

    DOJ Defends Itself Over Big Telecom Mergers

    The U.S. Department of Justice has shot back at the critics of its merger review process, rejecting accusations that it “made up” the legal, factual and economic support for its approval of the SBC/AT&T and Verizon/MCI mergers.

  • December 14, 2006

    Airline Merger Plans Rouse Antitrust Concerns

    With several high-profile marriage proposals on the table in the airline industry, carriers may face turbulent skies ahead as they try to convince federal antitrust regulators that consolidation won't hurt consumers.

  • December 14, 2006

    E.U. Court Upholds Austrian Bank Cartel Fines

    A European court has upheld fines imposed four years ago by the European Union's competition watchdog on a group of banks for their participation in a wide-ranging price-fixing cartel in the Austrian market.

  • December 13, 2006

    E.U. Moves Forward With Public Procurement Probes

    The European Commission has taken action against five member states over concerns about breaches of the European Union’s public procurement laws.

  • December 13, 2006

    E.U. Court Trims Fat On Beef Cartel Fines

    A European court has slashed fines imposed three years ago by the country’s competition watchdog on French beef industry associations for their alleged participation in a price-fixing cartel.

  • December 13, 2006

    U.S. Unit Of Paper Giant Hit With Price-Fixing Charges

    Months after European regulators closed the book on their investigation into cartels in the fine paper industry, a U.S. unit of Finnish paper giant Stora Enso Oyj has been indicted in a federal court on charges of price-fixing.

  • December 13, 2006

    FTC Allows J&J To Buy Pfizer Unit If It Sells 4 Brands

    A day after Johnson & Johnson secured approval from the European Union to continue its acquisition of Pfizer Inc.’s Consumer Healthcare unit, the companies agreed to sell more businesses in the United States to appease the Federal Trade Commission.

  • December 13, 2006

    Arcelor Mittal To Shed Italian Unit Amid E.U. Concerns

    Arcelor Mittal, soon to be the world’s largest steel company, has agreed to divest an Italian unit for €117 million to further comply with E.U. recommendations.

  • December 14, 2006

    LCD Probe Triggers U.S. Litigation

    Amid a global antitrust investigation into LCD display makers, U.S. plaintiffs firms have started to file their first proposed class actions.

  • December 12, 2006

    Spitzer Sues UBS Over "Wrap" Accounts

    The office of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued Switzerland’s UBS Financial Services on Tuesday under state antitrust and fraud laws for allegedly “defrauding thousands of its customers.”

  • December 12, 2006

    French Court Upholds Stiff Fines Against Mobile Cos.

    An appeals court in France has affirmed a competition authority’s ruling to impose €534 million in record fines on the country’s three mobile operators for collusion.

  • December 12, 2006

    E.U. Approves J&J Buyout Of Pfizer Unit

    European Union regulators cleared the way for Johnson & Johnson Co.’s acquisition of Pfizer Inc.’s consumer health care business Tuesday, approving the deal under the condition that J&J sell some of its assets in order to preserve competition.

  • December 12, 2006

    Prudential Settles Insurance Probe For $19M

    The latest financial firm to surrender to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s sweeping crackdown on the insurance industry, Prudential Financial Inc. will shell out $19 million to settle a probe into its group insurance business.