Makan Delrahim’s confirmation as head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division comes with several major mergers up for review and politicians clamoring for stepped-up enforcement, and the decisions made on these deals could shed light on the direction and posture of the division going forward. Here, Law360 takes a look at some of the transactions waiting on Delrahim's desk.
As feared by industry observers, the European Commission chose Monday to expand its antitrust inquiry into the long-awaited acquisition of medical device maker Guidant Corp. by rival Boston Scientific Corp.
With only three competition partners and an equal number of associates on staff in Brussels, Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office has made inroads into the Brussels capital using less human capital than many of its competitors.
Forging ahead with its bid to acquire Spain’s biggest energy utility, German energy giant E.On AG has formally requested regulatory clearance from Spanish authorities for its €29.1 billion takeover offer.
A week after one of its units settled bid-rigging charges for $171.7 million, Zurich Financial Services, Switzerland’s largest insurer, agreed on Monday to pay $153 million to resolve similar allegations by New York, Connecticut and Illinois.
In a turnaround for Tyco International Ltd., a federal judge has vacated a jury’s $420 million award and ordered a new trial in an antitrust suit brought against industrial conglomerate by Masimo Corp. over alleged market manipulation of pulse oximetry products.
Fed up with what they consider a “hidden tax” for merchants and consumers by credit card companies and their banks, merchants have decided to fight back with a large-scale antitrust class-action lawsuit against the major credit card companies. But past court decisions that have sided with the credit card companies could prove a significant challenge for the merchants as they fight their way through court.
Days after reaching a settlement in the Plavix patent war, Apotex Inc., French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis and U.S. partner Bristol-Myers Squibb are now facing a new antitrust lawsuit from supermarket operator Kroger Co. over the blockbuster stroke medication.
Can you build a robust competition practice by acquiring half a dozen firms? In the past seven years, DLA Piper Rudnick has done precisely that.
Looking to set a uniform competition policy on how to best protect European Union markets from dominant companies that abuse monopoly power, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes and the Competition Directorate General are giving Article 82 of the EC Treaty a thorough review.
Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp.’s commitments to alleviate antitrust concerns at the European Commission may ultimately delay the long-awaited purchase of the company by rival Guidant Corp.
As the buyout of Maytag Corp. by Rival Whirlpool Corp. looms, all eyes are on the U.S. Department of Justice’s new Antitrust Division leader, who has until the March 30 to either block the $1.7 billion deal or remain silent.
Boosted by its high-profile defense of Philip Morris, Wyeth and Visa USA Inc., Arnold & Porter has grabbed the top spot as the most sought-after antitrust litigation team among the largest 200 U.S. firms, our survey of federal court dockets shows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.