The U.S. Department of Justice will step into court Monday for its first trial challenging an almost purely vertical merger in 40 years, alleging that AT&T’s planned, $85 billion purchase of Time Warner will give AT&T too much power over rival distributors.
Looking to set a uniform competition policy on how to best protect European Union markets from dominant companies that abuse monopoly power, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes and the Competition Directorate General are giving Article 82 of the EC Treaty a thorough review.
Boosted by its high-profile defense of Philip Morris, Wyeth and Visa USA Inc., Arnold & Porter has grabbed the top spot as the most sought-after antitrust litigation team among the largest 200 U.S. firms, our survey of federal court dockets shows.
More than four years after a blocked merger embarrassed the European Commission, the European Court of Justice has partially vindicated the regulator in a lawsuit filed by French electrical equipment maker Schneider Electric SA.
In a landmark case that tests the boundaries of the U.S. government's amnesty program, a federal appeals court has reversed a lower court injunction blocking the U.S. from indicting a transportation service company in connection with antitrust violations in the tanker industry.
European Union leaders are set to meet Friday to discuss, among other things, whether the European Commission should take a more flexible approach to state aid and recognize its use in global competition.
A Pittsburgh man who attempted to take on the National Football League, claiming the Pittsburgh Steelers and other NFL franchises have used their monopoly power to bully taxpayers into footing the bill for stadium construction, will not get the chance to fight the dispute in the high court.
The European Commission’s shake-up of the gas and electricity markets in Europe has been met with support and dissent alike. But one thing is clear: the efforts are tapping into fundamental questions over the authority of independent member states versus the union’s executive body.
Microsoft Corp. said it will revise some of its source code documentation and provide free and unlimited technical support to software programmers as part of an effort to resolve an ongoing antitrust dispute with the European Union.
Honeywell International Inc. is facing a federal antirust lawsuit for allegedly using monopoly power in a niche chemical industry to break a pricing agreement with its biggest customer for the product.
Three executives from semiconductor maker Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have agreed to plead guilty and face jail time for their roles in a price-fixing scheme that inflated the cost of computer memory six years ago.
Following France’s move aimed at forcing Apple Computer Inc. to give rival companies access to exclusive file formats used by iPod and iTunes, the European Commission has initiated a probe into Apple’s music pricing policies.
The Brazilian government has opened two probes into European and Japanese power distribution companies, exploring whether the firms engaged in price fixing for equipment used to generate electricity in the country.
A move by Spain's largest electricity supplier to stave off a hostile takeover bid by Gas Natural SDG SA has been upheld by a Spanish commercial court, which this week temporarily suspended Gas Natural's €22.6 billion offer while it investigates Endesa's appeal against the bid.
Spearheaded by Walgreen Co., a group of pharmacy chains has smacked Warner Chilcott Holdings and Barr Pharmaceuticals Co. with an antitrust lawsuit, accusing the two drug companies of conspiring to keep prices high for the oral contraceptive Ovcon.
Is the likely rubber-stamping of the merger between AT&T and BellSouth a sign that the George W. Bush administration has abandoned antitrust enforcement? Or is it simply an indication that the White House understands the fundamental changes in the telecom landscape since the original AT&T breakup? Experts disagree.
Angry at being dropped from the Google search engine’s index, an online publisher has struck Google with a class action lawsuit, alleging that it violated its freedom of speech and that Google was taking advantage of its monopoly power to elbow out competitors.
Fresh off a five year stint at the Federal Trade Commission, Susan Creighton has returned to her old firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to rejoin the ranks as a partner in the antitrust division.
Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt plans to hold discussions with the French energy utilities Gaz de France SA and Suez SA in order to obtain market concessions on their blockbuster merger deal.
The Zurich American Insurance Company agreed to shell out $171.7 million as part of a settlement deal with Texas and a host of other states, putting an end to charges that it engaged in commercial insurance bid-rigging and price-fixing.
A decision by the European Commission in the landmark AMD-Intel antitrust case could be imminent, but experts say the complex global dispute could drag on for years unless the “Hatfields and McCoys” of Silicon Valley settle out of court.