Competition

  • March 22, 2006

    DOJ Wins Guilty Pleas In DRAM Price-Fixing Case

    Three executives from semiconductor maker Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have agreed to plead guilty and face jail time for their roles in a price-fixing scheme that inflated the cost of computer memory six years ago.

  • March 21, 2006

    Google Antitrust Case Challenges "Monopoly Abuse"

    Angry at being dropped from the Google search engine’s index, an online publisher has struck Google with a class action lawsuit, alleging that it violated its freedom of speech and that Google was taking advantage of its monopoly power to elbow out competitors.

  • March 21, 2006

    Brazil Opens Cartel Probe Into European Firms

    The Brazilian government has opened two probes into European and Japanese power distribution companies, exploring whether the firms engaged in price fixing for equipment used to generate electricity in the country.

  • March 21, 2006

    Drug Stores Allege Ovcon Antitrust Conspiracy

    Spearheaded by Walgreen Co., a group of pharmacy chains has smacked Warner Chilcott Holdings and Barr Pharmaceuticals Co. with an antitrust lawsuit, accusing the two drug companies of conspiring to keep prices high for the oral contraceptive Ovcon.

  • March 21, 2006

    Spanish Court Backs Endesa, Suspending Gas Natural Bid

    A move by Spain's largest electricity supplier to stave off a hostile takeover bid by Gas Natural SDG SA has been upheld by a Spanish commercial court, which this week temporarily suspended Gas Natural's €22.6 billion offer while it investigates Endesa's appeal against the bid.

  • March 21, 2006

    Bush: Friend Or Foe To Antitrust Enforcement?

    Is the likely rubber-stamping of the merger between AT&T and BellSouth a sign that the George W. Bush administration has abandoned antitrust enforcement? Or is it simply an indication that the White House understands the fundamental changes in the telecom landscape since the original AT&T breakup? Experts disagree.

  • March 20, 2006

    Belgian PM To Hold Talks On GDF-Suez Merger

    Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt plans to hold discussions with the French energy utilities Gaz de France SA and Suez SA in order to obtain market concessions on their blockbuster merger deal.

  • March 20, 2006

    AMD, Intel Battle Wages On As E.U. Decision Nears

    A decision by the European Commission in the landmark AMD-Intel antitrust case could be imminent, but experts say the complex global dispute could drag on for years unless the “Hatfields and McCoys” of Silicon Valley settle out of court.

  • March 20, 2006

    Hawaiian Air Accused Of Antitrust Violations

    Hawaiian Airlines Inc. has been accused of violating antitrust laws by using its bankruptcy proceedings to prevent a low-cost competitor from entering the carrier’s regional stronghold—the Hawaiian state’s popular inter-island market.

  • March 20, 2006

    Zurich American Settles In Bid-Rigging Dust-Up

    The Zurich American Insurance Company agreed to shell out $171.7 million as part of a settlement deal with Texas and a host of other states, putting an end to charges that it engaged in commercial insurance bid-rigging and price-fixing.

  • March 20, 2006

    Former FTC Official Rejoins Wilson Sonsini

    Fresh off a five year stint at the Federal Trade Commission, Susan Creighton has returned to her old firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to rejoin the ranks as a partner in the antitrust division.

  • March 17, 2006

    EU Commissioner Wants Research Reform

    European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes will submit new rules involving state aid aimed at increasing research and development funding for smaller companies in an effort designed to encourage more competition across the continent.

  • March 17, 2006

    Belgian PM Continues Battle Against French Utilities

    Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, worried that the impending merger between French utilities Gaz de France SA and Suez SA would dominate his country’s energy market, has asked the European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes to investigate the matter.

  • March 17, 2006

    DOJ Amnesty Behind Chemical Subpoenas: Expert

    With the Department of Justice issuing more subpoenas to chemical companies this week, the latest requests suggest that the DOJ’s amnesty program has become an increasingly effective tool in antitrust investigations, one expert speculates.

  • March 23, 2006

    Experts Question Effectiveness Of E.U. Modernization

    A vast overhaul of European competition law could radically change the way antitrust cases are being prosecuted. But incongruous legal traditions and skimpy enforcement resources are putting a damper on the ambitious project, experts warn.

  • March 17, 2006

    France Moves To Quell Growing iPod Storm

    A debate over the stronghold in the online music industry held by Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod and iTunes is heating up in France, where lawmakers have proposed a bill that would give the company’s rivals access to its exclusive file formats. The move threatens to force Apple out of France—the third-largest digital music market in Europe.

  • March 23, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Skadden Arps

    As a pure "merger shop," Skadden Arps' Brussels office has chosen a different business model than most of its U.S. counterparts in the Belgian capital.

  • March 17, 2006

    Air Cargo Surcharges: Global Scheme or Coincidence?

    Last month’s dawn raid has put the $60 billion air cargo industry on notice, with experts suggesting the defendants could face fines of hundreds of millions of dollars. But proving a global conspiracy to fix prices won’t be an easy task for U.S., European and Korean antitrust authorities.

  • March 16, 2006

    National Stock Exchanges To Settle Class Action For $43M

    A long-running class action antitrust case concerning the listing of options for trading on national exchanges is slated to settle for more than $43 million.

  • March 16, 2006

    EC Asserts Jurisdiction In Proposed E.On Merger

    The European Commission has affirmed that merger laws give it the authority to review the proposed takeover of Spain’s Endesa SA by Germany’s E.On AG. The same laws had prevented the EC from reviewing the proposed merger of Endesa and Barcelona-based Gas Natural last year.