Competition

  • March 8, 2006

    E.U. Calls For Lower Costs Of Cross-Border Share Trades

    In a warning directed at stock exchanges and securities firms, European Union regulators said Tuesday that they would file antitrust lawsuits and impose new regulations unless the financial industry eliminates obstacles to competition in cross-border trades by July.

  • March 8, 2006

    Monopoly Concerns Raised In French Energy Merger

    Gaz de France SA and Suez SA, the French energy companies currently involved in a blockbuster merger, will have to sell off some of their Belgian businesses to prevent monopolizing the country’s energy market, Belgium's prime minister said Wednesday.

  • March 8, 2006

    Lufthansa To Cooperate With Air Cargo Probe

    Germany’s Lufthansa Airlines has agreed to cooperate with the international probe into the air cargo industry, in a move that could eventually win the carrier immunity from prosecution in connection with antitrust allegations.

  • March 7, 2006

    Argentina Bids For E.U. Help In Monsanto Roundup Row

    A long-running feud between biotech giant Monsanto Co. and Argentina over royalty payments on genetically modified Roundup Ready soybeans has reached a boiling point, prompting the country to solicit intervention by the European Commission.

  • March 7, 2006

    Rating Agencies Need Competition, Congress Told

    Financial industry representatives told the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday that Congress should increase oversight of credit-rating firms and enact legislation in order to foster greater competition.

  • March 8, 2006

    Rivals Say Microsoft Acting Unfairly In Antitrust Case

    In a confidential filing with the European Commission, software groups have accused Microsoft Corp. of setting out a “poisoned honeypot” by offering open source code in the antitrust litigation that has ensnared the software giant.

  • March 7, 2006

    Lumber Companies Allege Strand Board Conspiracy

    Several class action suits have been filed against North American producers of oriented strand board, with wholesale lumber companies lobbing allegations of conspiracy and price fixing at the strand board makers.

  • March 7, 2006

    Lockheed, Boeing Could Terminate Rocket-Launch Deal

    If a deal between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. does not win regulatory approval by the end of this month, a clause in the contract provides an out for the companies, allowing either one to terminate the proposed merger of their military rocket-launch units.

  • March 6, 2006

    AT&T, BellSouth Merger Breeds Few Antitrust Concerns

    Twenty years after antitrust concerns led to the dismantling of AT&T, the phone company will once again submit to antitrust scrutiny after moving to purchase Bell South for $67 billion.

  • March 6, 2006

    Wary Of €22B Takeover Bid, Endesa Takes Aim

    In a bid to block a €22-billion takeover deal, Endesa, Spain's largest electricity supplier, has launched an attack against Gas Natural SDG SA in a U.S. federal court, alleging the company made false and misleading disclosures in its move to acquire Endesa.

  • March 6, 2006

    Microsoft Enlists U.S. Courts In E.U. Antitrust Case

    Frustrated abroad, Microsoft Corp. has run back under the skirt of the United States in hopes that the nation’s courts can help the software giant in its continued battle over a 2004 European Union antitrust ruling.

  • March 6, 2006

    Antitrust Claims Dismissed In Texas Instruments Suit

    One month after winning a $112-million jury verdict in its patent infringement countersuit, Texas Instruments Inc. has dodged charges in concurrent antitrust litigation after the plaintiff failed to prove the patents in suit constitute market power.

  • March 3, 2006

    E.U. Threatens Poland Over Bank Merger Opposition

    Citing "nationalist rhetoric," European regulators are planning to warn Poland’s government over its attempts to block a bank merger that has already been approved by the European Commission.

  • March 3, 2006

    E.U. Probes Boston Scientific, Abbott Over Guidant Bids

    The European Commission has initiated an antitrust investigation into medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp.’s $27-billion takeover bid for heart device maker Guidant Corp.

  • March 3, 2006

    DOJ Eyes Pricing Of Online Music Downloads

    The world’s top music labels are coming under fire from the U.S. Department of Justice over possible anti-competitive pricing schemes arranged by the increasingly busy online music industry.

  • March 3, 2006

    Commission Orders France To Explain Role In Merger

    Investigating whether France illegally blocked an Italian utility company’s takeover bid, the European Commission ordered France to explain by March 17 the events that resulted in a merger between two French energy companies, Suez and Gaz de France.

  • March 3, 2006

    De Beers Still Plagued By Antitrust Charges

    Hounded by monopoly abuse claims for more than half a century, leading diamond distributor De Beers is still mired in litigation after a long-standing class action antitrust lawsuit was recently transferred to New Jersey federal district court.

  • March 2, 2006

    Microsoft Accuses EC Of Bias In Antitrust Case

    Microsoft has turned the tables on the European Commission over the antitrust case against the company, alleging that the Commission is concealing evidence and conspiring against the software giant.

  • March 2, 2006

    E.U. Antitrust Official Seeks More Control Over M&A

    Europe's largest mergers and acquisitions should be reviewed by the European Commission, the European Union’s top antitrust official, European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes, said in a speech this week, amid recent concerns over European countries' protectionist tendencies in blocking foreign takeovers.

  • March 2, 2006

    Enel Hopes For Investigation Into French Merger

    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.