Competition

  • July 5, 2006

    Commissioners Wrangle Over E.U. Roaming Rates

    Two European Commissioners have raised concerns that new rules aimed at reducing European mobile roaming fees may impede competition among mobile phone operators.

  • July 5, 2006

    Airline Trade Organization May Lose Antitrust Exemption

    The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking to revoke antitrust immunity for an international standards-setting body that influences passenger fares and cargo rates for many international flights.

  • July 5, 2006

    Antitrust Charges Against Qualcomm Piling Up

    Semiconductor makers Texas Instruments and Broadcom filed formal antitrust complaints against rival Qualcomm, alleging market dominance in South Korea over Qualcomm’s patent for wireless chip technology and adding to Qualcomm's list of legal troubles.

  • July 5, 2006

    Google Ready To Unsheath Antitrust Sword

    A week after a U.S. Senate committee shot down the so-called “net neutrality” amendment, Google Inc. has warned that it plans to aggressively pursue antitrust violations should high-speed Internet providers show signs of abusing their market positions.

  • June 30, 2006

    E.C. Accuses MasterCard Of Fixing Interchange Fees

    The European Commission has fired off a charge against U.S.-based MasterCard Inc. for fixing cross-border interchange fees that violate competition laws.

  • June 30, 2006

    Verizon Calls County On Antitrust Violations

    Verizon Communications has stuck a Maryland county with an antitrust lawsuit, claiming that the county is blocking the company from entering its market to compete with Comcast.

  • June 30, 2006

    Howrey Continues Expansion With New Partner

    Howrey has continued the strategic expansion of its Brussels office with the addition of Martina Maier, the former head of the competition group at German law firm Haarmann Hemmelrath.

  • June 30, 2006

    Another Orthopedic Company Stung With Subpoena

    Another orthopedic device maker announced it has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice, signaling the government could be conducting an industrywide probe into the $7 billion-a-year orthopedics industry.

  • June 30, 2006

    Hawaiian Air Claims Rival Stole Trade Secrets

    All is not well for Hawaiian Airlines and inter-island competitor Mesa Air Group Inc., which have been slinging allegations of trade secret violations and anti-competitive conduct against each other in bankruptcy court.

  • June 30, 2006

    Cephalon Takes Another Blow Over Provigil

    As the battle over Cephalon Inc.’s narcolepsy drug Provigil continues to swell, generic drug maker Apotex has joined the fray, filing its own lawsuit accusing the pharmaceutical company and a slew of rival generic makers of barring competition by entering into a deal to delay introducing copycat versions of the drug.

  • June 30, 2006

    Boeing To Pay Record $615M To Quell DOJ Probe

    The Boeing Company will pay $615 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice probes into allegations that Boeing illegally obtained and used competitors' information to win contracts worth billions of dollars from NASA and the Air Force.

  • June 29, 2006

    In Surprising Twist, Chinese Antitrust Law Fails

    A Chinese anti-monopoly law long sought by U.S. and European businesses failed to pass China’s parliament Thursday, placing it back into a seemingly endless limbo that began nearly 20 years ago when it was first introduced.

  • June 29, 2006

    Senate Rejects Net Neutrality Amendment

    Echoing an earlier vote by the U.S. House of Representatives, a Senate committee rejected an amendment to block phone and cable companies from restricting access to their high-speed Internet networks by giving preferential treatment to Internet sites.

  • June 29, 2006

    Mexico Enacts Antitrust Revisions

    Marking a turn in the road for Mexico’s antitrust watchdog, the country’s revamped competition guidelines became law this week after months of deliberation by lawmakers and lobbyists.

  • June 29, 2006

    Class Action Targets BP In Propane Price Manipulation

    The first class action was filed against BP Products North America just one day after a former trader at the U.S. unit pled guilty to partaking in a scheme to manipulate the propane market.

  • June 29, 2006

    FERC Says No To Enron’s $120M Fee Request

    The Washington utility company that helped uncover an Enron Corp. conspiracy to manipulate energy markets will not have to pay Enron a $120 million contract termination fee, federal regulators have determined.

  • June 29, 2006

    PhRMA Blasted Over Authorized Generics Study

    In the wake of a new study lauding the competitive effects of authorized generics, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association has issued a blistering statement calling into question the reliability of the report.

  • June 29, 2006

    Telcos Nervously Eye Sweeping Industry Overhaul

    The European Commission proposed new regulations Thursday to promote competition in the telecommunications industry, inciting anxiety among telecom giants less than a week after E.C. director Neelie Kroes warned of a possible probe of the $338 billion industry.

  • June 29, 2006

    Big Pharma Lashes Out At Generic Competition

    Brand-name drug manufacturers, facing potentially billions of dollars in losses when their patent protection on drugs expires, are attempting to protect their market shares by slashing prices to undercut the generic competition--a move that has some accusing the pharmaceutical companies of predatory pricing.

  • June 28, 2006

    Vehicle Auctioneers Settle Patent, Antitrust Claims

    Two U.S. vehicle auctioneers have resolved a dispute over patent infringement allegations fueled by an online auction system and alleged antitrust violations in the vehicle auction market.