Competition

  • July 27, 2006

    Zimmer Tries To Clear Name In Price-Fixing Scandal

    Zimmer Holdings Inc., one of the orthopedic companies being investigated by the Justice Department for alleged price-fixing, divulged Wednesday specifics about the case that, if true, would ostensibly clear it of wrongdoing.

  • July 27, 2006

    E.U. Probes Competing DVD Makers

    The European Commission announced Wednesday it was investigating whether competing next-generation DVD manufacturers have violated antitrust laws through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers.

  • July 27, 2006

    Brazilian Citrus Cos. Bristle At Proposed $45M Fine

    In a bid to settle a long-running investigation into five of Brazil’s largest orange juice exporters, the country’s antitrust watchdog is pushing a $45.87 million fine on the companies. Antitrust charges could be revived if the exporters refuse to accept the deal.

  • July 27, 2006

    EMI, Warner Call Off Merger Talks After Antitrust Ruling

    A European court ruling that threatens to dismantle the marriage between two music industry titans is creating ripple effects across the industry, with Warner Music Group Corp. and EMI Group calling off merger talks for now.

  • July 27, 2006

    DOJ Launches Criminal Probe Into Plavix Deal

    Federal prosecutors are taking aim at a deal involving the hotly-contested heart drug Plavix, launching a criminal investigation of a proposed settlement between Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Sanofi-Aventis and Apotex Inc.

  • July 27, 2006

    Abbott Wins Antitrust Challenge Over HIV Drug Cocktail

    When patent owners raise prices and make combination products more expensive in the process, they cannot be sued for monopoly leveraging under U.S. antitrust laws, according to a ruling Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

  • July 27, 2006

    Visa, MasterCard Resolve Suits Over Foreign Fees

    Visa USA, MasterCard Inc. and a number of banks have agreed to shell out $336 million to resolve consumer antitrust suits over charges for foreign transactions.

  • July 26, 2006

    Microsoft To Pay $1.1B Antitrust Settlement

    A missed deadline at an appeals court has cleared the way for Microsoft Corp. to pay out $1.1 billion in a class action antitrust suit that accused the software giant of price-gouging.

  • July 26, 2006

    Stolt’s Last-Ditch Effort To Thwart Prosecution Denied

    The Department of Justice can proceed in its claims against Stolt-Nielsen SA, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to temporarily block the government from filing antitrust charges against the transport company.

  • July 26, 2006

    FTC To Use “In Camera” Record In Rambus Case

    Exhibits and testimony offered behind closed doors may soon be made public in the ongoing antitrust litigation between semiconductor maker Rambus and several other chip makers.

  • July 26, 2006

    DOJ Position On Wright Amendment Changes Unclear

    The Department of Justice derided—before later lauding—a bill that would eliminate flight restrictions at Dallas Love Field airport on grounds that it would violate federal antitrust laws.

  • July 26, 2006

    Apple Hit With Antitrust Class Action Over iPods

    A top plaintiff’s firm is trying to take a bite out of Apple Computer Inc., filing a class action that alleges the computer maker is using “illegal tactics” to fend off the competition for its iPod player and online music and video store.

  • July 27, 2006

    McClatchy Asks Court To Reject Antitrust Suit

    Publisher McClatchy Co. has asked a court to throw out an antitrust lawsuit aimed at preventing the company from selling three San Francisco Bay Area newspapers that it picked up after buying Knight Ridder Inc. this year.

  • July 25, 2006

    Judge Holds Off On Hospital Settlement Approval

    A judge postponed a decision Monday on the settlement of a hospital price-gouging lawsuit until September, potentially throwing a wrench in a financial deal affecting as many as 700,000 people.

  • July 25, 2006

    E.U. Claims U.S. Tips Scales In Airline Subsidy Talks

    Taking a swipe at the United States over government subsidies to airlines, the E.U. trade chief complained Tuesday that the U.S. was trying to gain an unfair advantage for Boeing over France-based Airbus.

  • July 25, 2006

    Orthopedic Industry Braces For Possible Storm

    Class actions against orthopedic device makers are piling up in the wake of revelations that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating 75% of the orthopedic industry for alleged price-fixing. We take a look at what's ahead for the industry.

  • July 25, 2006

    Congress Hears Competing Real Estate Testimony

    The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice joined hands to argue against anti-competitive action in the real estate industry before the House Committee on Financial Services on Tuesday, while representatives from the private sector insisted that competition in real estate is alive and well.

  • July 25, 2006

    Australia’s Competition Head Lashes Out At Telstra

    Australia’s competition watchdog has blasted Australian telecommunications company Telstra Corp. for stalling negotiations for more than four months over its broadband plan and putting the telecommunications industry at risk.

  • July 25, 2006

    No Evidentiary Hearings Yet On Telecom Mergers

    Although the review of two major telecom mergers is far from over, the judge presiding over the cases said Tuesday he would not yet require evidentiary hearings on the government’s approval of the deals.

  • July 24, 2006

    Latham & Watkins Entices Competition Attorney

    Latham & Watkins LLP has signed on a new of counsel to reinforce the firm’s European antitrust and competition practice group.