Competition

  • July 10, 2006

    More Price-Fixing Suits Filed Against Airlines

    A New Yorker and a Pennsylvanian have become the latest in a string of plaintiffs to file suits against some of the world’s major airlines, accusing them of illegally boosting passenger ticket prices through fuel surcharges.

  • July 10, 2006

    Rival Hits J2 Global With New Antitrust Suit

    Online fax and messenger service provider Venali Inc. has launched a counterattack against J2 Global Communications Inc., accusing its nemesis of violating federal antitrust, trademark competitiveness and patent laws related to the Internet fax market.

  • July 10, 2006

    House Bill May Restrict Retailers From Bank Ownership

    In a move to keep huge retailers out of the financial services market, house legislators will offer up a new bill this week to clamp down on commercial companies, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Home Depot Inc., looking to control their own banks.

  • July 7, 2006

    FTC Detects Cancer Screening Monopoly

    The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint Friday against Hologic Inc., saying the medical device maker’s $32 million purchase of rival Fischer Imaging Corp.’s breast cancer screening business would harm consumers by eliminating the only significant competition.

  • July 7, 2006

    E.C. Forges Ahead In Telecom Probe

    Making good on its threat to probe Europe's telecommunications industry, the European Commission said Friday that is opening five new investigations into possible violations of competition law in the industry.

  • July 7, 2006

    Cautious Support For E.C. Regulation Of Securities Trading

    While many companies and associations agree that heightened regulation of European Union securities trading and post-trading may stimulate competition, some have questioned the need for increased intervention in the industry.

  • July 7, 2006

    E.C. To Deliver Decision On Microsoft Fines Wednesday

    Microsoft Corp. will learn if European antitrust regulators plan to levy yet another massive fine against it Wednesday when the European Commission hands down an official decision on whether or not the company should be hit with new fines that could total hundreds of millions of euros.

  • July 7, 2006

    Illinois Files Bid-Rigging Suit Against Liberty Mutual

    Insurance company Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. has once again found itself in hot water over alleged bid-rigging, this time as the subject of a suit filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

  • July 7, 2006

    FCC To Vote On Adelphia Sale

    The Federal Communications Commission has announced it will soon rule on the $17 billion sale of Adelphia Communications Corp.’s assets to former rivals Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Corp., in the final chapter of what has become a long-running saga.

  • July 6, 2006

    Judge Tosses Microsoft Case

    A federal judge has dismissed an antitrust suit against Microsoft Corporation, saying too much time had passed since the alleged misconduct.

  • July 6, 2006

    Kroes: New Antitrust Fines Against Microsoft Imminent

    Add European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes to the chorus of voices calling a new fine for Microsoft imminent: Kroes told reporters in Berlin that another fine is a virtual certainty, published reports say.

  • July 6, 2006

    Mexico’s Antitrust Watchdog Backs Nextel In SMS Feud

    A week after ushering in harsher competition guidelines, Mexico's antitrust authority has taken its first major enforcement action, ruling that the country's largest mobile telecommunications operator engaged in illegal monopolistic practices when it refused to allow text message exchanges with Nextel Mexico.

  • July 6, 2006

    Willkie Farr Nabs Freshfields Antitrust Head

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has snagged Jacques-Philippe Gunther from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to serve as the latest antitrust partner in the firm’s Paris and Brussels offices.

  • July 6, 2006

    ABA To Shell Out $185K Over Accreditations

    Capitulating to the U.S. Department of Justice’s demands, the American Bar Association has agreed to fork over $185,000 for violating provisions of a 1996 antitrust consent decree over law school accreditation.

  • July 6, 2006

    Citizen Petitions Come Under Fire In Pharma War

    As generic drug makers continue to wrestle for their share of the pharmaceutical industry, the practice of filing citizen petitions has been attacked, with critics accusing brand name drug makers of exploiting the tool to unfairly shut generics out of the marketplace.

  • July 5, 2006

    Russian Parliament Approves Gazprom’s Monopoly

    In what amounts to a spurning of the European Union, Russia approved a bill Wednesday that upheld state-run Gazprom’s monopoly on natural gas exports.

  • July 5, 2006

    Canada Court Casts Aside Ruling On Market Dominance

    Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has reversed a tribunal’s judgment in a case dealing with anticompetitive concerns over a company’s loyalty rebate program.

  • July 5, 2006

    Mixed Results for Ford in E.U. State Aid Bid

    The European Commission has slashed aid to Ford Co.’s Belgian plant, approving a €6.24 million helping hand from the Belgian government but denying another €6.04 million request.

  • July 5, 2006

    E.U. Closer To Hitting Microsoft With €2M Daily Fine

    European antitrust regulators appear to be one step closer to levying a staggering fine against Microsoft Corp.: published reports citing anonymous sources assert that E.U. regulators have unanimously agreed that Microsoft should be slapped with daily sanctions.

  • July 5, 2006

    Commissioners Wrangle Over E.U. Roaming Rates

    Two European Commissioners have raised concerns that new rules aimed at reducing European mobile roaming fees may impede competition among mobile phone operators.