Competition

  • 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.

  • June 28, 2006

    Senate Committee To Investigate Interchange Fees

    The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to dive into a heated debate over credit card interchange rates and potential antitrust concerns at an upcoming hearing.

  • June 28, 2006

    DOJ Defies Constitution In KPMG Case, Judge Says

    In a decision that could affect future white collar cases, a district court judge in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that the government violated the constitutional rights of former KPMG LLP partners by pressuring the firm to not pay their legal fees.

  • June 28, 2006

    Court To Rule On Baby Bell Mergers

    A federal court in Washington, D.C. will decide whether or not to approve the settlements that paved the way for the AT&T/SBC and MCI/Verizon mergers in a hearing scheduled for next month.

  • June 28, 2006

    Riled By Schering-Plough Case, Senators Introduce Bill

    Four top Senate judiciary committee members are taking matters into their own hands and introducing legislation to prohibit brand-name drug makers from paying rivals to keep generic drugs off the market.

  • June 28, 2006

    Feds Oppose State Bills Over Legal-Services Market

    Rallying against lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission this week lashed out against proposed legislation that seeks to curb non-lawyers from competing with licensed attorneys in the real estate industry in New York state, saying the move is not in the best interest of consumers.

  • June 28, 2006

    E.C. Confirms New Structure For Antitrust Fines

    The European Commission’s antitrust commissioner has confirmed that harsh new penalties are on the horizon for companies that violate the continent’s competition laws, and provided details about how new procedural changes will make that happen.