More than four years after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark pay-for-delay ruling, litigation over the pharmaceutical patent settlements continues to steam ahead, but Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen indicated the antitrust enforcer's crackdown might have at last turned the corner as the number of potentially problematic deals dropped. Here's a cheat sheet of major pay-for-delay suits to watch in 2018.
In an effort to prompt an investigation into a planned merger between two French energy giants, the Italian utility company Enel sent a memorandum to the European Commission Thursday.
Four executives of chip maker Hynix Semiconductor have pled guilty to participating in an illegal price-fixing scheme and have agreed to serve time in prison.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Alza Corporation has been smacked with a class-action antitrust lawsuit, accusing the unit of illegally trying to keep generic versions of overactive bladder drug Ditropan XL off the shelf.
A government service cooperative has charged AstraZeneca with violating U.S. competition law, the latest swipe in a string of suits filed by nearly a dozen unions, pension funds and government agencies accusing the pharmaceutical giant of illegally trying to prevent generic versions of its blockbuster heart drug, Toprol-XL, from entering the marketplace.
A longstanding rivalry between two microchip competitors intensified as Advanced Micro Devices Inc. subpoenaed an eBay subsidiary as part of an antitrust lawsuit against Intel Corp.
The European Union is considering legal action against the French government amid complaints about inadequate responses to what the Commission charges is France’s protectionist behavior concerning foreign takeovers.
Rejecting claims of gasoline price fixing, The U.S. Supreme Court has tossed out an antitrust lawsuit that accused oil giants Shell Oil Co. and Texaco Inc. of artificially inflating gas prices by over $1 billion.
In a hastily arranged move to fend off a hostile bid from Italy’s power company Enel, Gaz de France SA said it will take over the energy and water supplier Suez SA in a €39 billion merger.
Japanese contractors accused of rigging bids for construction projects on U.S. bases in Japan will take steps to end the practice, which has become increasingly widespread in public works projects in the country.
Hoping to avoid paying a daily fine of about $2.4 million for not complying with the European Commission’s antitrust ruling, Microsoft has launched an attack against the Commission on its Web site.
Chip maker Rambus will soon have access to evidence of an alleged anti-competition scheme perpetrated by the company’s competitors, after a judge unsealed evidence relating to the antitrust case.
European Union officials are investigating the proposed merger of two Canadian mining companies, which could violate European Commission competition regulations by leading to price increases in the narrowing nickel production industry.
The Dutch media giant VNU NV, one of the world’s biggest market-research companies known for its Nielsen television ratings in the United States, recently ended a long legal battle by agreeing to pay millions in order to settle a protracted antitrust case.
Ending a long-running market monopoly case concerning the world’s top two diamond producers, the European Commission this week said that the companies must pledge to phase out South African De Beers SA’s purchase of rough diamonds from Russia’s ALROSA Company Limited by 2009 in order to increase market competition.
Winning approval from the European Union on Thursday to acquire Scientific-Atlanta Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. can begin to bulk up its U.S. communications equipment business.
The European Commission's anti-dumping campaign illegally blocked cheaper Norwegian salmon from entering the European mainland, according to a complaint filed by Norway on Tuesday at the World Trade Organization.
Microsoft Corp. continues to draw ire from rivals who say the company is monopolizing the industry by abusing its dominance in software application products and unfairly shutting out competitors.
Two lawsuits filed last week in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn charge that the world’s major airlines colluded in fixing surcharge rates on air cargo as early as January 2000, and used the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as an excuse to increase prices.
The European Union has slapped Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica S.A. with formal antitrust charges, accusing the company of abusing its dominance in the broadband Internet access market and unfairly trying to shut out rivals.
A class action lawsuit alleging price fixing has been filed against several countries and their state-controlled oil companies, targeting the governments of Angola, Norway, Oman and Mexico.