Competition

  • September 27, 2006

    European Court Sides With Glaxo In Dual Pricing Case

    Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline won a big victory Wednesday when the European Court of First Instance decided that a European Commission was wrong when it said the company’s subsidiary company couldn’t charge different prices for drugs sold in Spain and those intended for export.

  • September 27, 2006

    Judge Tosses Antitrust Claims In Emissions Suit

    A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit brought by a group of auto manufacturers and retailers that challenges California’s efforts to curb vehicle emissions to proceed to trial, but dismissed its antitrust claims.

  • September 27, 2006

    Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal Of €100M Cartel Fine

    An appeals court rejected Wednesday an attempt by the European Union’s antitrust authority to revive €101 million in fines against German banks accused of fixing prices for currency conversion.

  • September 26, 2006

    E.C.: Conditions In E.On, Endesa Deal Illegal

    The European Commission has ruled that conditions imposed on the merger of energy companies E.On AG and Endesa SA by the Spanish government violate European Union merger regulations.

  • September 26, 2006

    Apple Resolves Some Antitrust Issues In iTunes Case

    Scandinavian consumer agencies had a “constructive” meeting with Apple Computer on Monday in their ongoing negotiations over the computer maker’s iTunes music service, which the agencies claim is anti-competitive.

  • September 26, 2006

    Hospital Employee Pleads Guilty To Bid-Rigging

    A hospital employee in charge of obtaining bids for telecommunications equipment vendors has pled guilty to ridding the bids and taking a cut from the successful vendors, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • September 26, 2006

    LimeWire Alleges Cartel In RIAA Copyright Row

    Major record labels are manipulating their own copyrights to form an illegal cartel and restrict competition in the market for online music distribution, according to a countersuit filed by file-sharing company LimeWire LLC.

  • September 26, 2006

    Drug Makers Toss Authorized Generic Plan

    In hopes of ridding itself of pending litigation, Warner Chilcott Ltd. said Tuesday that it has terminated parts of an agreement with Barr Laboratories Inc. and will allow its rival to market a generic version of a blockbuster birth control drug.

  • September 26, 2006

    Mexico May Crack Down On Credit Card Commissions

    With credit card interest rates as high as 60%, Mexico’s antitrust watchdog announced Monday that it will begin investigating banks and pension funds to see if their commissions break any competition rules.

  • September 26, 2006

    Starbucks Beaned By Antitrust Suit

    Setting the scene for a David versus Goliath showdown, the owner of a small Washington coffee company has sued Starbucks Corp. for allegedly engaging in anti-competitive practices that drove her out of business.

  • September 26, 2006

    J&J Sues Abbott, Boston Scientific For Over $5.5B

    Months after its failed attempt to take over Guidant Corp., Johnson & Johnson is suing for at least $5.5 billion, saying the medical device maker breached their agreement by leaking information on antitrust clearance to rival suitor Boston Scientific Corp.

  • September 25, 2006

    E.U. Ends Legal Shipping Cartels

    Starting what could be a global trend, the European Union agreed Monday to increase competition in shipping routes by retiring an antitrust immunity law that allows price-fixing by shipping companies.

  • September 25, 2006

    FCC Conditions Likely In AT&T/BellSouth Merger

    The Federal Communications Commission is likely impose conditions on the pending $67 billion merger of Bell South and AT&T, according to reports from inside sources.

  • September 25, 2006

    Support For Stolt Comes Pouring In

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and eight other organizations have filed amicus curiae briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Stolt-Nielsen S.A., a Norwegian shipping company that has been charged with bid-rigging by the Department of Justice despite previously signing an amnesty agreement.

  • September 25, 2006

    Senators Decry Pork Producer Buyout

    A bid by pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. to buy out its top rival has stirred the ire of Midwest senators and a coalition of farmers who say the proposed $810 million deal would adversely impact independent farmers and consumers.

  • September 25, 2006

    AmEx Fails To Move Class Action To Arbitration

    A federal judge has rejected a renewed effort by American Express Company to have a class action antitrust suit against the credit card giant resolved through arbitration.

  • September 22, 2006

    Covington Adds Anita Stork As Antitrust Partner

    Covington & Burling LLP has added another partner to its Litigation and Antitrust and Consumer Law practice groups, poaching Anita Stork from Cooley Godward LLP.

  • September 22, 2006

    Korean Conglomerates Decry U.S. Antitrust Demands

    The majority of Korean conglomerates agree that antitrust rules enforced by the nation’s Fair Trade Commission obstruct their investment activity and shouldn’t be tightened to appease the United States.

  • September 22, 2006

    Doctors Bring Class Action Against Health Insurers

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Oxford Health Plans Inc. have unfairly stifled competition by coercing doctors into giving them more business, according to a class action lawsuit filed against the two companies.

  • September 22, 2006

    Hutchison Has High Hopes For Revised Airport Bill

    After months of fierce debate, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison hopes her bill to eliminate flight restrictions at Dallas Love Field Airport will sail through now that some controversial antitrust language has been removed.