Competition

  • March 31, 2006

    EC Prepares Showdown Over French Protectionism

    A dispute over European competition policy is on the verge of boiling over, as the European Commission prepares to make an example out of France’s alleged economic nationalism—a move that could lead to a courtroom showdown between Brussels and Paris.

  • March 30, 2006

    Lockheed-Boeing Rocket Launch Deal Deadline Looms

    In the face of an impending deadline, a proposed rocket launch venture between rivals Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. could crumple if the Pentagon and the Federal Trade Commission nix the deal, with both companies able to opt out of the contract.

  • March 30, 2006

    Microsoft Dealt Setback In Bid For Documents

    Microsoft’s attempts to have Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. divulge materials related to its antitrust case in Europe have been rejected by a U.S. judge, undermining the software company’s battle against European regulators.

  • March 30, 2006

    Merger Review Reform Highlights FTC, DOJ Policy Gaps

    A revamp of the Federal Trade Commission’s merger reviews will streamline and speed up the taxing process. But antitrust lawyers are scratching their heads and wondering why the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice can't seem to coordinate their requirements.

  • March 30, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Covington & Burling

    International law firm Covington & Burling saw Brussels as a key location for competition practice earlier than many of its rivals and doesn’t fear the rapid changes in Europe that draw it closer to the United States’ “litigation nation.”

  • March 29, 2006

    E.U. Strikes Norwegian Recycling Firm With €24M Fine

    The European Union slapped Norwegian recycling firm Tomra Systems ASA with a stinging €24 million fine Wednesday for violating antitrust regulations by warding off competitors from 1998 to 2002.

  • March 29, 2006

    DirecTV Revisits Merger Deal With EchoStar

    Although a merger between the two companies fell apart in 2002, satellite television operator DirecTV Group Inc. is reconsidering a deal to purchase smaller rival EchoStar Communications Corp. But regulatory antitrust concerns still present a major hurdle.

  • March 29, 2006

    E.C. Extends Polish Deadline For Bank Merger Reply

    The Polish government has been granted an extension by the European Commission's directorate general for competition, which has given Poland until next Monday respond to its latest letter concerning the country’s opposition to Unicredito Italiano SpA's plan to merge its Polish unit Bank Pekao with Polands' BPH.

  • March 29, 2006

    In Paxil Fraud Scheme, Glaxo Pays The Price

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC will fork over $14 million to U.S. states in order to settle allegations that the drug giant forced government health plans to pay inflated prices for its widely-used antidepressant Paxil in a fraudulent scheme to block generic versions of the drug from being made.

  • March 29, 2006

    E.U.: Microsoft’s Vista May Violate Antitrust Laws

    Just as Microsoft Corp. gears up to fight a separate landmark antitrust battle in Europe this week, the E.U.’s top competition enforcer issued a letter to the software company expressing alarm that its new Vista operating system could violate European antitrust laws.

  • March 29, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: O'Melveny & Myers

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Brussels office is small even by local standards, but its prominent location high up in one of the city’s few skyscrapers is a testament to how the law firm planned to present itself in the legal community.

  • March 28, 2006

    Suez Looks To EC For Help With Enel

    French energy company Suez SA has looked to European Commission regulators for help in its battle against a possible takeover by Italian company Enel SPA. Suez filed a complaint with the Commission alleging that Enel policies illegally protect it from takeover.

  • March 28, 2006

    Intel Chairman Denies Rival's Antitrust Claims

    As the European Commission nears a decision in the landmark Intel-AMD case, the chairman of U.S. microchip maker Intel Corp. continued to defend the giant against allegations of anticompetitive behavior this week.

  • March 28, 2006

    Brussels Snapshot: Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP has been handling antitrust matters for its clients almost continuously since the Sherman Act was passed in 1890, but the addition of the firm’s Brussels office in 1992 created a new way for Mayer Brown to be on the cutting edge of antitrust law.

  • March 28, 2006

    Microsoft Waging IP Fight In Antitrust Battle With EC

    Microsoft will get the opportunity to argue before European regulators this week in an effort to stave off a hefty daily fine in what has become a highly-contentious and drawn out antitrust battle with the European Commission.

  • March 27, 2006

    French Utility Spurns Belgian Sell Off Demands

    Suez SA, the French utility set to merge with Gaz de France SA, has rebuffed demands calling for the energy company to sell off its assets in Belgium—a condition some critics of the tie-up say is necessary for the blockbuster deal to go through.

  • March 27, 2006

    E.U. Expands Antitrust Review Of Guidant Deal

    As feared by industry observers, the European Commission chose Monday to expand its antitrust inquiry into the long-awaited acquisition of medical device maker Guidant Corp. by rival Boston Scientific Corp.

  • March 27, 2006

    Microsoft Battles South Korean Antitrust Decision

    As Microsoft continues to fight European antitrust officials in a protracted legal dispute, the software giant also finds itself at loggerheads with South Korean competition authorities. On Monday, it appealed a decision that ordered the company to remove software from its Windows operating system.

  • March 27, 2006

    E.On Seeks Green Light From Spain In Endesa Battle

    Forging ahead with its bid to acquire Spain’s biggest energy utility, German energy giant E.On AG has formally requested regulatory clearance from Spanish authorities for its €29.1 billion takeover offer.

  • March 27, 2006

    Court Battle Looms Over Credit Card “Hidden Tax”

    Fed up with what they consider a “hidden tax” for merchants and consumers by credit card companies and their banks, merchants have decided to fight back with a large-scale antitrust class-action lawsuit against the major credit card companies. But past court decisions that have sided with the credit card companies could prove a significant challenge for the merchants as they fight their way through court.