Competition

  • March 6, 2006

    Wary Of €22B Takeover Bid, Endesa Takes Aim

    In a bid to block a €22-billion takeover deal, Endesa, Spain's largest electricity supplier, has launched an attack against Gas Natural SDG SA in a U.S. federal court, alleging the company made false and misleading disclosures in its move to acquire Endesa.

  • March 6, 2006

    Antitrust Claims Dismissed In Texas Instruments Suit

    One month after winning a $112-million jury verdict in its patent infringement countersuit, Texas Instruments Inc. has dodged charges in concurrent antitrust litigation after the plaintiff failed to prove the patents in suit constitute market power.

  • March 3, 2006

    E.U. Threatens Poland Over Bank Merger Opposition

    Citing "nationalist rhetoric," European regulators are planning to warn Poland’s government over its attempts to block a bank merger that has already been approved by the European Commission.

  • March 3, 2006

    Commission Orders France To Explain Role In Merger

    Investigating whether France illegally blocked an Italian utility company’s takeover bid, the European Commission ordered France to explain by March 17 the events that resulted in a merger between two French energy companies, Suez and Gaz de France.

  • March 3, 2006

    E.U. Probes Boston Scientific, Abbott Over Guidant Bids

    The European Commission has initiated an antitrust investigation into medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp.’s $27-billion takeover bid for heart device maker Guidant Corp.

  • March 3, 2006

    DOJ Eyes Pricing Of Online Music Downloads

    The world’s top music labels are coming under fire from the U.S. Department of Justice over possible anti-competitive pricing schemes arranged by the increasingly busy online music industry.

  • March 3, 2006

    De Beers Still Plagued By Antitrust Charges

    Hounded by monopoly abuse claims for more than half a century, leading diamond distributor De Beers is still mired in litigation after a long-standing class action antitrust lawsuit was recently transferred to New Jersey federal district court.

  • March 2, 2006

    E.U. Antitrust Official Seeks More Control Over M&A

    Europe's largest mergers and acquisitions should be reviewed by the European Commission, the European Union’s top antitrust official, European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes, said in a speech this week, amid recent concerns over European countries' protectionist tendencies in blocking foreign takeovers.

  • March 2, 2006

    Microsoft Accuses EC Of Bias In Antitrust Case

    Microsoft has turned the tables on the European Commission over the antitrust case against the company, alleging that the Commission is concealing evidence and conspiring against the software giant.

  • March 2, 2006

    Enel Hopes For Investigation Into French Merger

    In an effort to prompt an investigation into a planned merger between two French energy giants, the Italian utility company Enel sent a memorandum to the European Commission Thursday.

  • March 1, 2006

    Hynix Execs Agree To Prison Time In Price-Fixing Case

    Four executives of chip maker Hynix Semiconductor have pled guilty to participating in an illegal price-fixing scheme and have agreed to serve time in prison.

  • March 1, 2006

    Alza Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Ditropan XL

    Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Alza Corporation has been smacked with a class-action antitrust lawsuit, accusing the unit of illegally trying to keep generic versions of overactive bladder drug Ditropan XL off the shelf.

  • March 1, 2006

    Chip Rival Files Subpoena In Antitrust Suit With Intel

    A longstanding rivalry between two microchip competitors intensified as Advanced Micro Devices Inc. subpoenaed an eBay subsidiary as part of an antitrust lawsuit against Intel Corp.

  • March 1, 2006

    AstraZeneca Hit Again With Antitrust Charges

    A government service cooperative has charged AstraZeneca with violating U.S. competition law, the latest swipe in a string of suits filed by nearly a dozen unions, pension funds and government agencies accusing the pharmaceutical giant of illegally trying to prevent generic versions of its blockbuster heart drug, Toprol-XL, from entering the marketplace.

  • February 28, 2006

    E.U. Mulls Suit Regarding French Takeover Policy

    The European Union is considering legal action against the French government amid complaints about inadequate responses to what the Commission charges is France’s protectionist behavior concerning foreign takeovers.

  • February 28, 2006

    Supreme Court Throws Out Oil Industry Antitrust Case

    Rejecting claims of gasoline price fixing, The U.S. Supreme Court has tossed out an antitrust lawsuit that accused oil giants Shell Oil Co. and Texaco Inc. of artificially inflating gas prices by over $1 billion.

  • February 27, 2006

    GDF And Suez Plan Merger To Block Enel

    In a hastily arranged move to fend off a hostile bid from Italy’s power company Enel, Gaz de France SA said it will take over the energy and water supplier Suez SA in a €39 billion merger.

  • February 27, 2006

    Microsoft Attacks European Commission On Web Site

    Hoping to avoid paying a daily fine of about $2.4 million for not complying with the European Commission’s antitrust ruling, Microsoft has launched an attack against the Commission on its Web site.

  • February 27, 2006

    Japanese Contractors Vow To Crack Down On Bid-Rigging

    Japanese contractors accused of rigging bids for construction projects on U.S. bases in Japan will take steps to end the practice, which has become increasingly widespread in public works projects in the country.

  • February 27, 2006

    Rambus Wins Right To Evidence In Antitrust Case

    Chip maker Rambus will soon have access to evidence of an alleged anti-competition scheme perpetrated by the company’s competitors, after a judge unsealed evidence relating to the antitrust case.