Antitrust NewsWatch: May 2005

Monday, May 30, 2005

EU, Microsoft work on antitrust compromise - BusinessWeek

"The European Union and Microsoft Corp. entered another big week in their long-standing antitrust case, with EU regulators insisting the software giant must make more concessions to comply with a landmark ruling by Wednesday or face huge fines."
EU, Microsoft work on antitrust compromise

Thursday, May 26, 2005

American Needle v NFL: Aapparel might be separate market from anti-trust perspective - Thomson-West

(Andrews Publications) Apparel and hats bearing the logos of National Football League teams might be a distinct market for antitrust purposes, a federal judge in Illinois has ruled, rejecting the NFL's bid to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed by a former licensee.
American Needle v NFL: Aapparel might be separate market from anti-trust perspective - Thomson-West

American Needle v NFL: Aapparel might be separate market from anti-trust perspective - Thomson-West

(Andrews Publications) Apparel and hats bearing the logos of National Football League teams might be a distinct market for antitrust purposes, a federal judge in Illinois has ruled, rejecting the NFL's bid to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed by a former licensee.
American Needle v NFL: Aapparel might be separate market from anti-trust perspective - Thomson-West

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

NY get $13M in Bristol-Myers Squibb settlement - Newsday.com

"SYRACUSE - State agencies and hospitals will receive more than $13 million as part of an antitrust settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., which was accused of unlawfully blocking less-expensive generic drugs from reaching the market. The settlement is part of $670 million Bristol-Myers agreed to pay to compensate agencies and individuals who paid illegally inflated prices for Taxol, a cancer drug, and the anti-anxiety drug, BuSpar."
Newsday.com: Spitzer: NY get $13M in Bristol-Myers Squibb settlement

Microsoft faces EU antitrust deadline - Hearsay.com

European Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd has given Microsoft until the end of May to comply with its 2004 antitrust ruling 'to the Commission's satisfaction,' or penalties of up to $5 million per day may be imposed.
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Sunday, May 22, 2005

US Attorney reports second Williams trader guilty manipulating natural gas prices - LawFuel

"The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced that Brion Scott McKenna pleaded guilty today to the manipulation of natural gas prices in interstate commerce. Mr. McKenna, 36, recently of Houston, Texas, is a former natural gas trader at Williams Energy Marketing & Trading, a subsidiary of The Williams Companies based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. McKenna entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco."
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Gates gets antitrust clearance - Finance24

"Washington - Bill Gates has received antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for a transaction with Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRKA). "
Finance24 : Gates gets antitrust clearance

Thursday, May 19, 2005

US Justice dept ends anti-trust probe of Philippine carriers - PLDT

"PHILIPPINE Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) said the US government has decided not to pursue further an anti-trust investigation involving Philippine telecom companies, including PLDT."
PLDT: US Justice dept ends anti-trust probe of RP carriers

Justice Dept. closes antitrust probe of 'Seattle Times' - Editor & Publisher

"CHICAGO The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced late Friday that the Seattle Times Co. did not violate antitrust laws in its dealings with its joint operating agreement partner, Hearst Corp.'s Seattle Post-Intelligencer."
Justice Dept. Closes Antitrust Probe of 'Seattle Times'

Former Bayer AG exec will plead guilty to price-fixing scheme - KESQ

"SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former Bayer A-G executive has agreed to plead guilty to colluding in a price-fixing scheme that drove up the cost of rubber chemicals used to make tires, outdoor furniture and shoes. The plea agreement announced today in San Francisco marks the latest development in a long-running antitrust investigation into an international price-rigging ring formed by some of the world's biggest rubber chemical manufacturers."
KESQ NewsChannel 3 Palm Springs, CA: Former Bayer AG exec will plead guilty to price-fixing scheme

Hospital mergers could raise antitrust issues - Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, Texas - A merger and an acquisition under consideration at Texas Medical Center may raise antitrust issues, according to a legal expert. Darren Bush, a University of Houston law professor who previously worked for the Justice Department's antitrust division, said the proposals sound formidable enough that he'd request more information if he were still there.
HoustonChronicle.com - Hospital mergers could raise antitrust issues

Friday, May 13, 2005

Realtors rethink online-listing ban - Boston.com

WASHINGTON - The trade group for US real estate brokers has backed away from an industry rule that antitrust authorities worried would hurt online competitors and stifle commission discounts. Pending board approval, the National Association of Realtors has agreed to develop a way for real estate agents and their clients to opt out of putting listings on websites without specifying that only certain competitors could not carry the listing.
Boston.com / Business / Realtors rethink online-listing ban

DOJ's Antitrust Chief to Resign - law.com

"The Department of Justice announced that R. Hewitt Pate, assistant attorney general of the department's antitrust division, will resign effective June 30, leaving two landmark telecommunications mergers and two major stock market mergers for his successor to grasp."
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Monday, May 09, 2005

U.S. plans antitrust suit over real-estate listings - Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

"WASHINGTON - In a widening push to promote price competition in sales of residential real estate, government antitrust enforcers are preparing to sue the National Association of Realtors, alleging that its policies will illegally restrict discounting of sales commissions and put online competitors at a disadvantage."
WSJ.com - U.S. Plans Antitrust Suit Over Real-Estate Listings

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

GPL sued for "software price fixing" - Linux Business News

"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the General Public License (GPL), the great enabler of the open source movement, were sued last Thursday for restraint of trade under the Clayton Antitrust Act (15 US Code Section 26) in the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The pro se suit, filed by physicist, computer programmer and Groklaw gadfly Daniel Wallace, charges that the GPL 'contract licensing scheme' artificially fixes software prices. Wallace is asking the court for an injunction that would outlaw the use of the GPL in the United States."
GPL Sued For "Software Price Fixing" @ LBN