Competition

  • November 2, 2006

    FTC Seeks To Tackle Abuse Of Noerr Doctrine

    Hoping to stem corporate abuse of the Noerr-Pennington doctrine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission provided new perspectives Thursday on how to enforce the policy, which shields companies from antitrust laws when they try to influence government actions.

  • November 3, 2006

    CVS-Caremark Merger Creates Antitrust Complications

    With leading drug retailer CVS Corp. set to merge with leading pharmacy benefits manager Caremark Rx Inc., the Federal Trade Commission will likely take a long look at how the new company will affect competition in both the mail order and overall drug industries, according to a handful of U.S. law professors.

  • November 1, 2006

    Disability Insurer Settles With Spitzer

    UnumProvident Corp., the largest disability insurer in the United States, agreed Tuesday to pay $17.4 million to settle deceptive practices charges brought against it by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

  • November 1, 2006

    Debate Over Class Actions In France Moves Forward

    France’s counsel of ministers and Conseil d’Etat, its highest judicial public law authority, are currently debating whether the country should bring over a highly controversial import from the United States—the class action lawsuit.

  • November 1, 2006

    Senator Wants Chevron Deal Reviewed

    U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has asked the Federal Trade Commission to thoroughly review Chevron Corp.’s recent purchase of 122 California gas stations from USA Petroleum Corp.

  • November 1, 2006

    Japanese SRAM Makers Under DOJ Scrutiny: Report

    Even as South Korea’s Samsung acknowledged it had been raided by European regulators, six of its Japanese rivals in the static random access memory (SRAM) industry revealed they are being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department over alleged antitrust violations.

  • November 1, 2006

    E.C. Raids Samsung Offices Amid SRAM Probe

    Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest memory chip manufacturer, said its German offices were raided last month as part of a wider European Union investigation into alleged price-fixing of static random access memory (SRAM) chips.

  • October 31, 2006

    Australia Steps Up Competition Enforcement

    Australia’s competition authority has been increasingly turning to litigation to stop anti-competitive behavior, leading a leveling-off of the decline in the country’s enforcement numbers.

  • October 31, 2006

    Ryanair Bids For E.C. Review Of €1B Aer Lingus Deal

    Low-fare Irish airline Ryanair Holdings PLC has asked the European Commission for permission to move forward in its hostile takeover bid to acquire rival Aer Lingus Group PLC, moving to preclude Dublin regulators from reviewing the proposed merger.

  • October 31, 2006

    London Snapshot: Lovells

    As one the first United Kingdom firms to take on competition matters, Lovells has continued to define its competition practice as a market leader and a major force across Europe.

  • October 31, 2006

    Hospital: Insurers Conspired To Curb Competition

    A physician-owned specialty hospital is suing a slew of insurance providers and rival medical facilities, alleging they conspired to exclude it as a participating provider in health care insurance plans in an effort to eliminate competition.

  • October 31, 2006

    FTC Forces Watson, Andrx To Sell Drug Lines

    Worried about the impact on consumer prices from consolidation in the generic drug industry, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it would approve Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of Andrx Corp., but only if the companies sell off their overlapping drug lines.

  • October 31, 2006

    DOJ Has Sony In Its Crosshairs In SRAM Probe

    The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has served Sony Corp.’s American subsidiary with a subpoenaed regarding its static random access memory (SRAM) business.

  • October 31, 2006

    Stolt Asks Court To Stay Civil Case

    Now that the Department of Justice has handed down an indictment implicating Stolt-Nielsen SA in widespread scheme to rig bids in the transport industry, the company has turned its attention to putting off the class action securities suit filed against it.

  • October 31, 2006

    Tobacco Payments Not Anti-Competitive: Judges

    A U.S. appeals court ruled Monday that Kentucky can continue to enforce laws requiring small cigarette companies to make payments to help cover smoking-related health costs, despite accusations that the current legislation violates federal antitrust laws.

  • October 31, 2006

    AMD Tries To Force Intel To Hand Over Documents

    With discovery approaching, Advanced Micro Devices is seeking clarification of a decision that tossed out various allegations against arch-nemesis Intel Corp. on the grounds that the claims fell outside the reach of United States law.

  • October 31, 2006

    Entercom Moves To End DOJ Investigation

    The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that it will approve Entercom Communications Corp.’s purchase of 15 radio stations from CBS Corp. as long as it sells three of its stations in the Rochester, N.Y. area.

  • October 30, 2006

    DOJ Throws Support Behind Patent Disclosure

    The U.S. Department of Justice has decided not to challenge a proposal set forth by a computer standard-setting organization aiming to establish a policy on the disclosure and licensing of patents.

  • October 30, 2006

    Medical Resident Case Appealed To Supreme Court

    Lawyers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision striking down a class action lawsuit against dozens of medical schools and teaching hospitals, alleging the plaintiffs conspired to depress medical students’ compensation.

  • October 30, 2006

    SRAM Class Actions Pile Up In Wake Of DOJ Probe

    A U.S. Department of Justice probe into alleged price-fixing in the market for static random access memory (SRAM) has spawned a slew of class actions, with just 11 new class actions lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alone.