Competition

  • May 18, 2007

    Six Men Accused Of Rigging Army Hospital Contracts

    In yet another blow to the integrity of the military medical system, six men were charged on Thursday with rigging bids on U.S. Army Medical Command contracts worth $79 million.

  • May 18, 2007

    BA Admits Surcharges Violate Antitrust Laws

    British Airways has admitted to breaching antitrust laws through inflated fuel surcharges and has set aside $691.1 million to settle all regulatory and civil claims, the airline said in an earnings announcement Friday.

  • May 18, 2007

    France Telecom Hits Canal Plus With Complaint

    France Telecom has reportedly launched a legal campaign against Vivendi SA subsidiary Canal Plus SA, filing a complaint with Europe’s competition watchdog that accuses its rival of anti-competitive behavior in the French pay-TV market.

  • May 18, 2007

    Hose Manufacturers Face Antitrust Class Action

    A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against a number of marine hose manufacturers for allegedly fixing prices, rigging bids and allocating markets for marine hoses sold in the United States.

  • May 18, 2007

    States Step Up Vigilance Of Energy Mergers

    Since the Energy Act of 2005 deregulated the public utility industry and ignited widespread consolidation, utility mergers have been facing heightened scrutiny from state regulators skeptical of massive cross-border unions.

  • May 17, 2007

    Bush Prohibits Contingency Work On U.S.' Behalf

    In a move both denounced as a threat to the civil justice system and lauded as a means to protect the public from plaintiffs attorneys’ steep fees, President Bush has signed an executive order prohibiting the federal government from retaining outside counsel on a contingency basis.

  • May 17, 2007

    DOJ Wants More Info On UnitedHealth Purchase

    The U.S. Department of Justice has asked for more information about UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s proposed $2.6 billion purchase of Sierra Health Services Inc.

  • May 17, 2007

    UK Watchdog Drops British Airways Probe

    The United Kingdom’s competition watchdog has dropped its four-year probe into British Airways PLC’s corporate deal discounts, concluding that there was not enough evidence of wrongdoing to continue devoting resources to the case.

  • May 17, 2007

    EU To Keep Close Eye On Natural Gas Industry

    A top European Union competition official vowed Wednesday that the European Commission would stay focused on unbundling the natural gas industry, and would keep a closer watch on contracts for new infrastructure.

  • May 17, 2007

    Tribunal Rejects Telstra Price For Fixed Network

    Australia’s antitrust watchdog has hailed a decision by the Australian Competition Tribunal striking down Telstra Corp. Ltd.’s proposed price for the unconditioned local loop service.

  • May 17, 2007

    Jury Awards U.S. $103M In Bid-Rigging Case

    A jury on Monday awarded the U.S. government over $103 million in damages in a civil False Claims Act case involving bid-rigging of various Egyptian sewer construction projects by American contractors and American subsidiaries of foreign companies.

  • May 16, 2007

    Tennessee Ignores DOJ’s Warnings

    The Tennessee legislature has rejected the advice of the U.S. Department of Justice, passing a bill that would ban brokers from giving rebates, gifts or prizes in real estate transactions.

  • May 16, 2007

    Real Estate Co. Says Online Listings Anti-Competitive

    A defunct real estate company has filed a lawsuit alleging that two real estate associations in Detroit muscled it out of a realty-listing database in violation of antitrust laws.

  • May 16, 2007

    Watchdog Calls On Telstra To Reveal Network Plans

    Australia’s competition regulator has put pressure on Australian telecommunications giant Telstra Corp. Ltd. to disclose its plans for a high-speed broadband network after opening a public inquiry into whether to revise current rules for rivals’ access to phone lines.

  • May 23, 2007

    Private Equity Deals Spark Antitrust Debate

    Billion dollar buyouts by groups of private equity funds have regulators questioning whether these joint bids violate antitrust laws. But while some call the deals clear-cut examples of collusion, others argue that they are protected by securities laws, touching off a debate that may affect companies and shareholders across the country.

  • May 22, 2007

    Mexican Court Takes Up "Televisa Law"

    Mexico’s Supreme Court is currently analyzing a new telecommunications law that, if it remains unchanged, will give added power to the country’s two broadcasting giants.

  • May 15, 2007

    Bill Would End Sole-Source Limits In Gas Deals

    A bill aimed at stopping major oil companies from dictating the wholesale source of gasoline through anticompetitive provisions in franchise agreements is up for review by the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

  • May 15, 2007

    EU Expects To Take German Telecom Case To Court

    The European Commission is reportedly planning to take Germany to court for its refusal to peel back an amendment that the EC says shields national telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom AG from competition regulators, and clashes with European competition policy.

  • May 15, 2007

    University Fires Officer Implicated In Loan Probe

    The University of Texas at Austin fired its director of student financial aid Monday, becoming the first school to publicly dismiss a high ranking official in the wake of New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s investigation into improprieties in the $85 billion student loan industry.

  • May 16, 2007

    House Joins Push To Crack Down On Oil Cartels

    Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed a bill that would give the Department of Justice the power to launch antitrust lawsuits against international oil cartels, including the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.