An English appeals court's recent decision dismissing a former Barclays trader’s bid to overturn a conviction for Libor-rigging bodes ill for similar appeals in connected cases that look to build arguments on a prosecution witness whose mistakes caused an “embarrassing debacle” for the Serious Fraud Office.
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.
Hawaiian Airlines Inc. has been accused of violating antitrust laws by using its bankruptcy proceedings to prevent a low-cost competitor from entering the carrier’s regional stronghold—the Hawaiian state’s popular inter-island market.
A vast overhaul of European competition law could radically change the way antitrust cases are being prosecuted. But incongruous legal traditions and skimpy enforcement resources are putting a damper on the ambitious project, experts warn.
Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, worried that the impending merger between French utilities Gaz de France SA and Suez SA would dominate his country’s energy market, has asked the European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes to investigate the matter.
A debate over the stronghold in the online music industry held by Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod and iTunes is heating up in France, where lawmakers have proposed a bill that would give the company’s rivals access to its exclusive file formats. The move threatens to force Apple out of France—the third-largest digital music market in Europe.
European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes will submit new rules involving state aid aimed at increasing research and development funding for smaller companies in an effort designed to encourage more competition across the continent.