Competition

  • January 12, 2007

    U.K. Seeks Public Comment On BSkyB, ITV Deal

    The United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trade has asked for public comment to help it determine whether the British Sky Broadcasting Group’s acquisition of ITV shares should be considered a merger, and will negatively affect competition in the U.K. television market.

  • January 12, 2007

    Plaintiff Dismisses Chinese Vitamin C Antitrust Case

    The representative plaintiff in one of many antitrust cases brought against Chinese vitamin C makers alleging price-fixing has filed a motion to partially dismiss charges against one of four defendants after two years of litigation.

  • January 12, 2007

    Antitrust Suit Against Thomson Will Go Forward

    In a victory for aspiring lawyers, an antitrust lawsuit against Thomson Corp. will go forward after a ruling in Manhattan on Thursday, in which the owner of the Westlaw legal research service was told to prove it didn’t illegally force sales of its study materials.

  • January 11, 2007

    E.U. Eyes Damages In Antitrust Cases

    In a step that moves Europe closer to a comprehensive system for civil antitrust litigation, the European Commission is preparing a research study on the economic impact of court-awarded damages.

  • January 11, 2007

    ING Hit With Suit Over Revenue Sharing

    Dutch insurance provider ING Groep NV has been hit with a lawsuit alleging the company took kickbacks from mutual fund companies in exchange for promoting certain funds.

  • January 11, 2007

    E.On Calls For Probe Into Acciona, Endesa Collusion

    Just one day after Spain’s highest court greenlighted the takeover of Spain’s Endesa SA by German utility E.On AG, the proposed merger encountered fresh troubles, with the Spanish stock market regulator CNMV revealing that E.On has called for a probe into possible collusion between Endesa and Spanish energy and construction firm Acciona SA.

  • January 11, 2007

    E.U. Delays Decision On Universal-BMG Deal

    The European Commission has extended the deadline for its decision on Universal Music Group’s bid to take over BMG’s music publishing business to the beginning of June.

  • January 11, 2007

    Nominal Fines Fail To Deter Cartels: Study

    Global cartels are profitable businesses, and so long as the benefits of price-fixing far outweigh the costs, flouting the law will continue to make economic sense, according to a recent study.

  • January 12, 2007

    Competition Agency Suspects Tortilla Price-Fixing

    As tortilla prices rise in Mexico to previously unseen levels, the nation’s competition watchdog said Thursday it would begin an investigation into possible industry price-fixing.

  • January 11, 2007

    Cinema Chain Wins Dismissal Of Antitrust Case

    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the owners of a New York City movie theater alleging that a giant theater chain unfairly controlled the market through its booking practices.

  • January 10, 2007

    Court Lifts Injunction On E.On/Endesa Deal

    After months of fighting and countless setbacks, the takeover of Spanish energy company Endesa SA by German utility E.On AG is on the verge of completion, after Spain’s highest court lifted an injunction blocking the merger.

  • January 10, 2007

    Senators Introduce Net Neutrality Bill

    Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced “net neutrality” legislation Tuesday that would stop broadband service providers from charging additional fees for high-speed access.

  • January 10, 2007

    Kroes Threatens To Break Up E.U. Utilities

    In response to a report that found “serious competition problems” in Europe's energy industry, European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Wednesday warned that she might break up energy giants that hinder competition in the industry.

  • January 10, 2007

    U.S., E.U. Butt Heads Over Air Agreement

    A U.S. delegation is in Brussels this week in hopes of finally negotiating an agreement with European Union officials to liberalize the transatlantic air travel market, which the two parties have wrangled over for more than three years.

  • January 10, 2007

    Another DRAM Maker Settles Price-Fixing Suit

    Micron Technology Inc. followed in its competitors’ footsteps on Tuesday, becoming the latest company to settle allegations that it conspired to fix prices of DRAM products.

  • January 10, 2007

    Monsanto Deal Still Plagued By Antitrust Issues

    Still plagued by antitrust issues, agricultural giant Monsanto Co. has said it could be months before its $1.5 billion proposed acquisition of cottonseed business Delta & Pine Land Co. is completed.

  • January 10, 2007

    High Court Shakes Head At Hytrin Settlement Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take on the case of seven major health care providers who were seeking the right to opt out of a $15 million antitrust class action settlement over patent rights to the drug Hytrin after they missed a filing deadline due to a mail delay.

  • January 9, 2007

    Relations Turn Frosty Amid Corn Subsidy Battle

    Adding further tension to its trade relationship with the United States, Canada has taken its corn subsidy concerns to the World Trade Organization, convinced that the U.S. is violating international trade standards through its handouts to American corn growers.

  • January 9, 2007

    SEC Settles With Ex-Putnam CEO

    Former Putnam Investments CEO Lawrence J. Lasser will pay $75,000 as part of a settlement to settle allegations that he encouraged the use of mutual fund brokerage commissions to pay for “shelf space” at brokerage firms, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday.

  • January 9, 2007

    WTO Calls On U.S. To Conform To Trade Rules

    The World Trade Organization’s top court has ruled that the United States is breaking international trade regulations in its calculation of anti-dumping tariffs.