Competition

  • March 23, 2006

    Court Vindicates EC's Merger Review Procedure

    More than four years after a blocked merger embarrassed the European Commission, the European Court of Justice has partially vindicated the regulator in a lawsuit filed by French electrical equipment maker Schneider Electric SA.

  • March 23, 2006

    E.U. To Address State Aid In Global Competition

    European Union leaders are set to meet Friday to discuss, among other things, whether the European Commission should take a more flexible approach to state aid and recognize its use in global competition.

  • March 23, 2006

    Circuit Court Reverses Stolt-Nielsen Injunction

    In a landmark case that tests the boundaries of the U.S. government's amnesty program, a federal appeals court has reversed a lower court injunction blocking the U.S. from indicting a transportation service company in connection with antitrust violations in the tanker industry.

  • March 22, 2006

    Microsoft Offers Olive Branch To Programmers

    Microsoft Corp. said it will revise some of its source code documentation and provide free and unlimited technical support to software programmers as part of an effort to resolve an ongoing antitrust dispute with the European Union.

  • March 22, 2006

    Honeywell Accused Of Monopolizing Chemical Market

    Honeywell International Inc. is facing a federal antirust lawsuit for allegedly using monopoly power in a niche chemical industry to break a pricing agreement with its biggest customer for the product.

  • March 22, 2006

    In E.U. Energy Debate, Power Struggle Runs Deep

    The European Commission’s shake-up of the gas and electricity markets in Europe has been met with support and dissent alike. But one thing is clear: the efforts are tapping into fundamental questions over the authority of independent member states versus the union’s executive body.

  • March 22, 2006

    Supreme Court Throws Out NFL Antitrust Case

    A Pittsburgh man who attempted to take on the National Football League, claiming the Pittsburgh Steelers and other NFL franchises have used their monopoly power to bully taxpayers into footing the bill for stadium construction, will not get the chance to fight the dispute in the high court.

  • March 22, 2006

    Apple Under Fire From E.U. In Wake Of France’s iPod Bill

    Following France’s move aimed at forcing Apple Computer Inc. to give rival companies access to exclusive file formats used by iPod and iTunes, the European Commission has initiated a probe into Apple’s music pricing policies.

  • March 22, 2006

    DOJ Wins Guilty Pleas In DRAM Price-Fixing Case

    Three executives from semiconductor maker Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have agreed to plead guilty and face jail time for their roles in a price-fixing scheme that inflated the cost of computer memory six years ago.

  • March 21, 2006

    Google Antitrust Case Challenges "Monopoly Abuse"

    Angry at being dropped from the Google search engine’s index, an online publisher has struck Google with a class action lawsuit, alleging that it violated its freedom of speech and that Google was taking advantage of its monopoly power to elbow out competitors.

  • March 21, 2006

    Brazil Opens Cartel Probe Into European Firms

    The Brazilian government has opened two probes into European and Japanese power distribution companies, exploring whether the firms engaged in price fixing for equipment used to generate electricity in the country.

  • March 21, 2006

    Drug Stores Allege Ovcon Antitrust Conspiracy

    Spearheaded by Walgreen Co., a group of pharmacy chains has smacked Warner Chilcott Holdings and Barr Pharmaceuticals Co. with an antitrust lawsuit, accusing the two drug companies of conspiring to keep prices high for the oral contraceptive Ovcon.

  • March 21, 2006

    Spanish Court Backs Endesa, Suspending Gas Natural Bid

    A move by Spain's largest electricity supplier to stave off a hostile takeover bid by Gas Natural SDG SA has been upheld by a Spanish commercial court, which this week temporarily suspended Gas Natural's €22.6 billion offer while it investigates Endesa's appeal against the bid.

  • March 21, 2006

    Bush: Friend Or Foe To Antitrust Enforcement?

    Is the likely rubber-stamping of the merger between AT&T and BellSouth a sign that the George W. Bush administration has abandoned antitrust enforcement? Or is it simply an indication that the White House understands the fundamental changes in the telecom landscape since the original AT&T breakup? Experts disagree.

  • March 20, 2006

    Belgian PM To Hold Talks On GDF-Suez Merger

    Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt plans to hold discussions with the French energy utilities Gaz de France SA and Suez SA in order to obtain market concessions on their blockbuster merger deal.

  • March 20, 2006

    AMD, Intel Battle Wages On As E.U. Decision Nears

    A decision by the European Commission in the landmark AMD-Intel antitrust case could be imminent, but experts say the complex global dispute could drag on for years unless the “Hatfields and McCoys” of Silicon Valley settle out of court.

  • March 20, 2006

    Hawaiian Air Accused Of Antitrust Violations

    Hawaiian Airlines Inc. has been accused of violating antitrust laws by using its bankruptcy proceedings to prevent a low-cost competitor from entering the carrier’s regional stronghold—the Hawaiian state’s popular inter-island market.

  • March 20, 2006

    Zurich American Settles In Bid-Rigging Dust-Up

    The Zurich American Insurance Company agreed to shell out $171.7 million as part of a settlement deal with Texas and a host of other states, putting an end to charges that it engaged in commercial insurance bid-rigging and price-fixing.

  • March 20, 2006

    Former FTC Official Rejoins Wilson Sonsini

    Fresh off a five year stint at the Federal Trade Commission, Susan Creighton has returned to her old firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to rejoin the ranks as a partner in the antitrust division.

  • March 17, 2006

    EU Commissioner Wants Research Reform

    European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes will submit new rules involving state aid aimed at increasing research and development funding for smaller companies in an effort designed to encourage more competition across the continent.