Competition

  • March 27, 2006

    E.U. Expands Antitrust Review Of Guidant Deal

    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.

  • March 27, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Shearman & Sterling

    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.

  • March 27, 2006

    E.On Seeks Green Light From Spain In Endesa Battle

    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.

  • March 27, 2006

    Zurich Shells Out More In Bid-Rigging Settlement

    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.

  • March 27, 2006

    In Setback For Masimo, Judge Tosses $420M Award

    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.

  • March 27, 2006

    Court Battle Looms Over Credit Card “Hidden Tax”

    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.

  • March 27, 2006

    Plavix Deal Triggers Antitrust Lawsuit

    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.

  • March 24, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: DLA Piper Rudnick

    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.

  • March 24, 2006

    EU Revisits Article 82 on Competition Regulations

    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.

  • March 24, 2006

    Boston Scientific Merger Delayed Over EC Concerns

    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.

  • March 24, 2006

    DOJ To Be Tested By Whirlpool Maytag Deal

    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.

  • March 24, 2006

    Arnold & Porter Tops Antitrust Litigation Survey

    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.

  • March 23, 2006

    Court Vindicates EC's Merger Review Procedure

    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.

  • March 23, 2006

    E.U. To Address State Aid In Global Competition

    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.

  • March 23, 2006

    Circuit Court Reverses Stolt-Nielsen Injunction

    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.

  • March 22, 2006

    Microsoft Offers Olive Branch To Programmers

    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.

  • March 22, 2006

    Honeywell Accused Of Monopolizing Chemical Market

    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.

  • March 22, 2006

    In E.U. Energy Debate, Power Struggle Runs Deep

    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.

  • March 22, 2006

    Supreme Court Throws Out NFL Antitrust Case

    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.

  • March 22, 2006

    Apple Under Fire From E.U. In Wake Of France’s iPod Bill

    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.