Competition

  • October 6, 2006

    Belgium To Retain “Golden Share” In Suez-GDF Merger

    Suez SA on Friday reached an agreement with the Belgian government over concessions it will make in exchange for government support of its planned merger with Gaz de France, allowing the government to retain a “golden share” in the combined company.

  • October 6, 2006

    Small Internet Firm Wins $8.5M In Patent, Antitrust Suit

    A federal jury has awarded $8.5 million to a small Internet technology company after it proved a rival violated its patent and lied to customers about selling their personal information.

  • October 6, 2006

    Circuit Ct. Remands Bankruptcy Auction Antitrust Suit

    A U.S. appeals court panel has sent a case involving the hot rolled coil industry back to district court, where a judge will decide whether Nucor Corp. violated antitrust laws by outbidding Gulf States Reorganization Group Inc. in a bankruptcy auction.

  • October 6, 2006

    Judge Rejects Hawaiian Airlines’ Request For Injunction

    A federal bankruptcy judge Thursday denied Hawaiian Airlines’ request for a preliminary injunction barring Mesa Air’s new low-cost air carrier from flying between the Hawaiian islands due to Mesa's alleged theft of trade secrets and anti-competitive actions.

  • October 5, 2006

    London Metal Exchange Under E.U. Scrutiny

    The London Metal Exchange has become the target of a European Union antitrust investigation amid a bevy of complaints from irate copper users over its alleged monopolistic practices.

  • October 5, 2006

    U.S. Electronics Sues Rival For Stealing Sirius Business

    A consumer electronics company has filed a lawsuit against rival Directed Electronics Inc., saying it got satellite radio giant Sirius to go along with its anti-competitive tactics to establish dominance in the satellite receiver market.

  • October 5, 2006

    U.S. Government Rebuffed In Japanese Bid-Rigging Suit

    In a setback for the United States, a court in Tokyo rejected Thursday the U.S. government’s damages claims in a 12-year-old lawsuit over bid-rigging among Japanese construction companies.

  • October 5, 2006

    Sony And Bertelsmann Appeal Merger Annulment

    Bertelsmann AG and Sony Corp. have appealed a court decision to annul the merger of their music units, launching a court process that is expected to last for years.

  • October 4, 2006

    BP Charged Again With Propane Price Manipulation

    New Hampshire-based Patten’s Gas has become the latest company to sue British Petroleum Products North America Inc. for allegedly manipulating and monopolizing the propane market.

  • October 4, 2006

    Media Ownership Criticized At FCC Hearing

    Concentrated media ownership was widely bashed at a series of hearings the U.S. Federal Communications Commission held on the subject, which began in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

  • October 4, 2006

    Rolls-Royce In Battle Over Trade Secrets

    Rolls-Royce Corp. has filed a federal trademark suit claiming a helicopter repair company stole its trade secrets, just days after the same company filed a lawsuit against Rolls-Royce alleging tortious interference and violations of the Sherman Act.

  • October 4, 2006

    E.C. Threatens To Take Action Against Spain

    The European Commission said it will take legal action against Spain if it does not quit meddling in German energy company E.On AG’s bid for Endesa SA, Spain’s largest electricity supplier.

  • October 3, 2006

    Brocade Merger Faces Regulatory Scrutiny

    The federal antitrust authority has asked Brocade Communications Systems Inc. for additional documents regarding the company’s planned acquisition of its rival, it said on Tuesday.

  • October 3, 2006

    Microsoft Appeals €280.5 Fine To European Court

    Microsoft Corp. has made good on its vow to appeal the landmark €280.5 million—$357 million—fine levied in July by European antitrust regulators against the software giant for failing to comply with technical disclosure requirements imposed as part of the European Commission’s 2004 decision that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.

  • October 3, 2006

    Broadcom Appeals Antitrust Case Against Qualcomm

    In the latest event in the long-running dispute between two Californian telecom companies, Broadcom Corp. has appealed last month’s dismissal of its federal antitrust lawsuit against rival Qualcomm Inc.

  • October 3, 2006

    E.C. Private Damage Actions Proposal Draws Fire

    As the European Commission reviews proposals to institutionalize private antitrust litigation across the European Union, a U.S. shareholder of Heller Ehrman LLP cautioned a European Parliament committee Tuesday that simply importing U.S.-style litigation would not work for the European member states.

  • October 3, 2006

    FTC To Allow Boeing And Lockheed Merger

    Persuaded by the recommendations of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission unanimously decided Tuesday to bless the merger of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co.’s rocket-launch businesses.

  • October 4, 2006

    E.U. May Pursue Antitrust Charge Against Intel

    The European Union’s five-year antitrust probe of Intel Corp. may soon come to fruition, as investigators have said they have enough evidence to pursue formal charges against the computer chip maker.

  • October 3, 2006

    Antitrust Suits Piling Up For Clear Channel

    Clear Channel Communications Inc. has been slapped with another lawsuit accusing the entertainment giant of boosting concert ticket prices by preventing competition for concert promotion services nationwide.

  • October 2, 2006

    Supreme Court Tosses Antitrust Case Against AT&T

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not rule on whether a California company is permitted to use state laws to launch a suit against AT&T Inc. for allegedly engaging in illegal tying arrangements in other states.