Antitrust legal eyes are glued to the first U.S. Department of Justice court challenge to a purely vertical merger since the 1970s, a deal AT&T and Time Warner say they need just to stay competitive but which the government says will drive up consumers' TV bills by hundreds of millions of dollars. Here, Law360 looks at how we got here, the key issues to watch and the highlights of the trial so far.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.