Antitrust legal eyes are glued to the first U.S. Department of Justice court challenge to a purely vertical merger since the 1970s, a deal AT&T and Time Warner say they need just to stay competitive but which the government says will drive up consumers' TV bills by hundreds of millions of dollars. Here, Law360 looks at how we got here, the key issues to watch and the highlights of the trial so far.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.