Competition

  • September 14, 2006

    Microsoft Claims E.C. Casts Doubt On Vista Launch

    Taking another jab at the European Commission, Microsoft Corp. complained Thursday that the regulator has left the company in the dark over its concerns about Microsoft’s Vista Windows operating system.

  • September 14, 2006

    Crowell & Moring Opens New Office In Manhattan

    Taking on the Big Apple, Washington, D.C. law firm Crowell & Moring LLP has announced the opening of new digs in Manhattan as it seeks to meet client needs and rev up its core practice groups, including antitrust and securities.

  • September 13, 2006

    Iowa Class Action Against Microsoft Lives On

    Bill Gates may be on his to way Iowa, as one of the last remaining consumer class action antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft Corp. has placed the richest man in the world on the witness list.

  • September 13, 2006

    Airlines Settle Civil Litigation Over Price-Fixing Charges

    Just days after Germany’s Lufthansa penned a deal to get off the hook in civil litigation over alleged price fixing in cargo shipping, three additional airlines followed suit to settle a barrage of class actions filed in the wake of global “dawn raids.”

  • September 13, 2006

    E.C. Shakes Head At Golden Share For Telecom Italia

    Amid mounting concerns over Telecom Italia SpA’s sale of its mobile arm Telecom-TIM, the European Commission on Wednesday warned against government use of special veto rights to block company asset sales, just days after it said a similar “golden share” proposal by France appears to be legal.

  • September 13, 2006

    Polyester Suppliers Hit With Price-Fixing Suit

    A slew of manufacturing companies, including Fruit of the Loom Inc., have slapped a group of raw material suppliers with an antitrust lawsuit for allegedly conspiring to fix the prices of polyester staple fiber for years.

  • September 14, 2006

    DOJ Antitrust Chief Derides Scrutiny Of Apple

    The head of the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust division said Wednesday that efforts to go after Apple Computer Inc. because its iTunes software is too dominant and does not interoperate with devices other than iPods are misguided.

  • September 14, 2006

    Cadwalader Nabs Morgan Lewis Antitrust Partner

    Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has reined in an antitrust special counsel to join the firm’s group from her position as a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • September 13, 2006

    Electrical Carbon Industry Settles Price-Fixing Charges

    A federal judge has approved a $21.9 million settlement, plus $5.7 million in attorneys fees, thus ending a class action antitrust lawsuit against the makers of electrical carbon products.

  • September 13, 2006

    E.U. Smacks Bitumen Cartel With €266M Fine

    The European Commission has hit 14 companies with a massive €266.717 million fine, punishing a longstanding cartel that conspired to fix the prices of bitumen, an asphalt material used in road construction, in the Dutch market.

  • September 12, 2006

    E.U. Shows Hand In Gambling Competition Probe

    At least eight more European Union countries may be brought up on charges for unfair competition practices related to sports gambling, the European Commission said Tuesday.

  • September 12, 2006

    Stryker Plays Down DOJ Probe

    Stryker Corp.’s top executive reiterated Monday that the Department of Justice’s current probe into the multibillion-dollar orthopedic industry has been narrowed to one specific incident.

  • September 12, 2006

    Comcast Loses Bid To Throw Out Class Action Suit

    In a move that could lead to changes across the cable industry, a federal judge has refused to dismiss a class action antitrust suit that accuses Comcast Corp. of establishing monopolies in the Philadelphia and Chicago markets.

  • September 12, 2006

    E.C., Microsoft Spar Over Vista Security Features

    The European Union’s competition authority and Microsoft Corp. traded swipes Tuesday over security upgrades to the software goliath’s new Windows Vista operating system.

  • September 12, 2006

    Bristol-Myers Head Fired Amid Plavix Debacle

    After a troubled five-year stint, the embattled chief executive of Bristol-Myers Squibb has been fired, along with the company's general counsel, over the pharmaceutical giant's alleged mishandling of the Plavix patent dispute.

  • September 12, 2006

    Wilson Sonsini Adds Antitrust Counsel To Practice

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is continuing to beef up its antitrust and trade regulation practice, hiring another attorney to join the group from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • September 11, 2006

    Antitrust Concerns May Delay Vista Launch In Europe

    A dispute with European antitrust regulators may cause Microsoft Corp. to delay the release of Vista, its new operating system.

  • September 11, 2006

    Scrutiny Of Deals Jumped In 2005: FTC Report

    The number of merger investigations in which the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued second requests jumped about 43% in 2005 compared to one year earlier, according to a report released by the agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 11, 2006

    DOJ Forces Alltel To Sell Some Assets

    Alltel Corp. must divest itself certain assets in rural Minnesota before it can go ahead with its $1.1 billion purchase of Midwest Wireless Holdings LLC, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • September 11, 2006

    E.U. To Include Fresh AMD Claims In Overall Probe

    Still investigating Intel Corp.’s allegedly anti-competitive behavior, the European Commission is broadening its probe to see whether the microprocessor giant pressured German retailer Metro AG not to sell computer chips made by its nemesis, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.