Antitrust NewsWatch: January 2005

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Microsoft Won't Appeal EU Ruling on Sanctions - Reuters.com

"BRUSSELS - Microsoft Corp. said it would not appeal a European Union court order to immediately implement antitrust sanctions, but it remained optimistic of eventually prevailing in its main case."
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Monday, January 24, 2005

Newspapers face antitrust scrutiny: Probes into purchase plans o Gannett, New York Times signal consolidation worry - WSJ.com

"The Justice Department is investigating Gannett's proposed buyout of HomeTown Communications Network Inc., a Midwest community-newspaper publisher based in Livonia, Mich., and has opened a preliminary inquiry into the Times's plans to take a 49% stake in Metro Boston, a free daily that competes with the Boston Globe, which is also owned by the Times."
WSJ.com - Newspapers Face Antitrust Scrutiny

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Supreme Court: Did FCC properly classify cable broadband as information service? - Reuters.com

"WASHINGTON - Prices for high-speed cable Internet in the United States could rise and innovation could be stymied if an appeals court decision is not overturned, U.S. government lawyers told the U.S. Supreme Court."
Yahoo! News - FCC Properly Shielded Cable Broadband - U.S. Gov't

Friday, January 14, 2005

Verizon Wireless Users Sue Over Disabled Bluetooth Features - eWeek

"Verizon Wireless customers in California are suing the Bedminster, N.J.-based mobile phone operator for disabling some of the Bluetooth capabilities in a Motorola Inc. handset."
Verizon Wireless Users Sue Over Disabled Bluetooth Features

Herald's antitrust case could turn on definition of market - Boston.com

"The Boston Herald's effort to get the Justice Department to halt The New York Times Co.'s acquisition of a minority share of the Metro Boston newspaper on antitrust grounds could hinge on how the area's media market is defined."
Boston.com / Business / Herald's antitrust case could turn on definition of market

Monday, January 10, 2005

Microsoft woos PeopleSoft customers--even big ones - Tech News on ZDNet

"Despite claims it made during the PeopleSoft-Oracle merger trial, Microsoft has announced a program to help PeopleSoft customers, including large enterprise clients, migrate to Microsoft software products."
Microsoft woos PeopleSoft customers--even big ones | Tech News on ZDNet

Microsoft Drop Media Player in Europe - theWHIR's ArticleCentral

"(Article Central) Following a European court decision that upheld antitrust rulings against Microsoft, the company announced plans to offer a version of its Windows operating system in European markets stripped of its media player."
theWHIR's ArticleCentral | AC View

Sempra Antitrust Lawsuit Set for Trial on June 3 - metronews.ca

"LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sempra Energy said on Monday that a trial date of June 3 has been set for an antitrust lawsuit seeking damages of up to $27 billion."

IBM gets anti-trust OK to sell PC unit to Lenovo - FT.com

"The antitrust review of the deal, which will create the world's No. 3 PC maker, was concluded without any action being taken to block it, the Federal Trade Commission said."
FT.com / Industries / IT - IBM gets anti-trust OK to sell PC unit to Lenovo

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Few Takers for Payments From Microsoft Settlement - NYT

"It appears that only a small percentage of customers eligible to receive part of the settlement have filed to claim their share, said the lawyer, Richard L. Grossman of Townsend, Townsend & Crew, the lead lawyer representing California consumers in the settlement fight."
The New York Times > Technology > Few Takers for Payments From Microsoft Settlement

BT/Infonet deal wins US antitrust clearance - vnunet.com

"BT's attempt to take over international managed network services firm Infonet has received a boost with the announcement that the deal has received early clearance from US antitrust authorities."
BT/Infonet deal wins US antitrust clearance - vnunet.com

Chile antitrust approves merger of Moviles/BellSouth wireless assets - Forbes.com

"SANTIAGO (AFX) - Chile's antitrust court has approved the merger between Telefonica Moviles SA's local unit and BellSouth Corp's Chilean unit."
Forbes.com: Chile antitrust approves merger of Moviles/BellSouth wireless assets

Court Says Maxim May Proceed - Electronic News

Maxim Integrated Products Inc. said that a federal court denied rival Qualcomm Inc.'s request to delay the development and introduction of Maxim's next generation of direct conversion RF chips for cellular applications pending the outcome of the antitrust suit between the companies.
Electronic News - Court Says Maxim May Proceed - 1/6/2005 - Electronic News - CA492399

Alamosa Announces Early Termination of Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Waiting Period - Alamosa

"LUBBOCK, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Alamosa Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: APCS) announced that the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, applicable to the Company's proposed merger with AirGate PCS (Nasdaq: PCSA). The closing of the transaction remains subject to other customary conditions, including the approval of both AirGate and Alamosa's stockholders. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2005."
Alamosa Announces Early Termination of Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Waiting Period

IPod User Sues Apple - MacNewsWorld.com

"The lawsuit accuses Apple of turning an open standard into one that restricts choice. The iPod and Apple's music download service dominate the digital music industry. Analyst group NPD reported in October that iTunes had a 70 percent market share and that the iPod was the market leading music player."
Mac News: News: IPod User Sues Apple

Antitrust suits challenge 3M's tape dominance - Miami Herald

"PHILADELPHIA (AP) - If you wrapped any Christmas presents this holiday season, chances are you used tape made by 3M. The company invented Scotch tape 75 years ago and today makes 90 percent of all transparent and invisible tape sold in the United States."
AP Wire | 01/06/2005 | Antitrust suits challenge 3M's tape dominance

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Perjury Charged In Antitrust Inquiry - washingtonpost.com

"NEW YORK, Jan. 4 -- The recently retired chairman of the company that runs Bloomingdale's and Macy's department stores was indicted Tuesday on charges that he lied to state antitrust investigators."
Perjury Charged In Antitrust Inquiry (washingtonpost.com)