Antitrust NewsWatch: June 2005

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Advanced Micro files antitrust suit against Intel over customer 'coercion' - Bloomberg

WILMINGTON, Del. - Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has filed an antitrust suit against Intel, claiming it forced away dozens of clients with cash incentives and threats to withhold technology components. The Delaware filing claims Intel coerced companies into excluding AMD products, and identifies 38 companies that Intel allegedly coerced, including Dell, Sony and Toshiba. More than 80 percent of the world's PCs use Intel processors. This suit follows a ruling by Japan's Fair Trade Commission in March 2005 that Intel violated its anti-monopoly statutes by offering discounts to Japanese computer manufacturers if they agreed to limit business with rival chipmakers. Top Worldwide

Monday, June 27, 2005

Microsoft foes in Europe decry proposed licensing fees -

"SEATTLE (AP) - A high-tech trade group is accusing Microsoft Corp. of trying to wring excessive licensing fees out of its settlement of the European Union's landmark antitrust ruling against the company. The charges are renewing the debate over whether Microsoft tries to take undue advantage of its dominant position in the market. But the software titan counters that it has proposed a fair way to give competitors access to valuable technology." | 06/24/2005 | Microsoft foes in Europe decry proposed licensing fees

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Steven King's lawsuit misery - The Daily Telegraph

"Anne Hiltner, a freelance writer from Hightstown, New Jersey, says King's sadistic nurse Annie Wilkes, from his book Misery, is based on her. The lawsuit also accuses King and his distributors of defamation, copyright infringement and violation of anti-trust laws for using her private diaries to create psychic Sally Druse, a similarly frightening character in King's television mini-series The Journals of Eleanor Druse: The Kingdom Hospital Incident."
The Daily Telegraph | King's lawsuit misery

Wind River, Green Hills settle lawsuit - East Bay Business Times

"Wind River Systems Inc. said it has settled all current litigation with Green Hills Software Inc. by providing the company with VxWorks Real Time Operating System in object code form. There was no money involved in the settlement."
Wind River, Green Hills settle lawsuit - 2005-06-20

U.S. Supreme Court considers limiting antitrust suits for patent holders -

"The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider limiting antitrust suits against pharmaceutical companies, computer makers and other patent holders. The justices today said they will hear an appeal by Illinois Tool Works Inc., which is trying to block a lawsuit over devices it sells for use in industrial printers." U.S.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Change proposed in EU Microsoft case -

"BRUSSELS - The top judge of the European Union's second-highest court has proposed changing judges in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case, according to a letter sent to all parties in the case. The move comes after internal court criticism directed at the judge heading the Microsoft case because of a controversial article he wrote."
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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Avid proposed acquisition of Pinnacle clears U.S. antitrust review - Sypha Online

"Avid Technology, Inc. and Pinnacle Systems, Inc. today announced that they have been granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, in connection with Avid's proposed acquisition of Pinnacle. The transaction - which is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2005 - remains subject to shareholder approvals by both companies, as well as other customary regulatory approvals and satisfaction of additional closing conditions."
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Experts don't see U.S. regulators thwarting Vegas newspaper deal - Las Vegas SUN

"LAS VEGAS (AP) - Industry and antitrust experts believe the deal to combine the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Review-Journal should pass muster with federal regulators but the arrangement also could be a step toward the newspapers consolidating. Executives from both newspapers said when the smaller Sun appears later this year as a daily section in the larger Review-Journal, the move will not violate the terms of their 15-year-old joint operating agreement that runs until 2040. The publications already are combined on weekends."
Las Vegas SUN: Experts don't see U.S. regulators thwarting Vegas newspaper deal

Nielsen sued by ratings service provider - Crain's New York Business

"Manhattan ratings service provider Nielsen Media Research was sued by television ratings provider erinMedia and production firm ReacTV for alleged anti-competitive practices. The antitrust lawsuit claims Nielsen exercises too much control over the ratings process and inaccurately measures viewing habits, resulting in millions of wasted advertising dollars, the underrepresentation of minority viewers, the cancellation of undercounted TV shows, and the 'homogenization' of American TV programming."
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PC makers snub Windows sans media player - CNET

"Four major PC makers have no plans to sell the media-player-free version of Windows, which Microsoft was ordered to offer by Europe's competition commissioner."
PC makers snub Windows sans media player | CNET

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

AstraZeneca gets EU60 mln fine for blocking generics -

"BRUSSELS - AstraZeneca Plc was fined 60 million euros ($72 million) by the European Union for blocking competition with its Prilosec stomach ulcer medicine, once the world's best-selling drug. The European Commission, the EU's antitrust authority in Brussels, said in a statement it sanctioned London-based AstraZeneca for misusing patent and drug authorization rules to keep generic versions of the drug off the market in seven countries between 1993 and 2000. The company said it will appeal." U.K.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Some charges tossed in Novell-Microsoft case - ZDNet

"Judge J. Frederick Motz ruled that Novell can go ahead with two claims that Microsoft engaged in unfair competition with regard to Novell's WordPerfect and Quattro Pro applications. Motz ruled that the four other claims were not filled within the proper time frame."
Some charges tossed in Novell-Microsoft case | Tech News on ZDNet

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Abbott settles patent suit over TriCor - Washington Post

"CHICAGO - Abbott Laboratories has settled a patent fight with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., maker of a generic version of TriCor, Abbott's best-selling branded cholesterol drug. The settlement will leave alive claims that North Chicago, Ill.-based Abbott violated antitrust laws through 'market conversions,' or moves to switch users from one formulation of the drug to another to dodge competition from generic-drug makers."
Abbott Settles Patent Suit Over TriCor

Microsoft's antitrust offering 'blocks Samba' - ZDNet

"Microsoft's final EC antitrust offering will exclude one of its main competitors, Samba, according to the Free Software Foundation."
Microsoft\'s antitrust offering \'blocks Samba\' - ZDNet UK News

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Supreme Court refuses to hear Lexmark appeal - Houston Chronicle

"RALEIGH, N.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court won't weigh in on a closely watched copyright lawsuit in which a printer manufacturer is trying to stop a computer-chip maker whose parts allowed cheaper toner cartridges to be used in name-brand machines. Lexmark International Inc. said it looks forward to continuing the fight over what it says are its intellectual property rights. The printer maker wants to block Static Control Components Inc. of Sanford, N.C. from selling the computer chips." - Supreme Court stays out of battle over toner:

Monday, June 06, 2005

Microsoft antitrust remedy wins over EU -

"BONN/BRUSSELS - Microsoft cleared a major stumbling block and won praise from the European Commission for finally putting forward acceptable proposals to comply with European Union antitrust sanctions. The risk that the EU executive might hit the world's largest software company with a fine of up to $5 million a day receded because Microsoft's proposal allows non-Microsoft work group servers to interoperate with Windows personal computers and servers."
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Microsoft offers antitrust compromise, regulator says -

"BRUSSELS - Microsoft Corp. agreed to give away some proprietary information on the inner workings of its Windows operating system to avert the threat of as much as $5 million in daily antitrust fines by the European Union, regulators said." Top Worldwide

Friday, June 03, 2005

Blue Cross awarded $1.75 million as part of generic-drug suit -

"MINNEAPOLIS - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota won a $1.75 million jury verdict this week against a generic-drug manufacturer on claims that the West Virginia company cornered the market on key ingredients for popular anti-anxiety medications and illegally jacked up the prescription price. Because of the antitrust implications, the award could be tripled."
Blue Cross awarded $1.75 million as part of generic-drug suit

Kodak gets U.S. antitrust clearance to purchase Creo -

"Eastman Kodak Co., the world's largest photography company, won U.S. antitrust clearance for its $980 million acquisition of Canadian digital printing equipment maker Creo Inc." Canada

Thursday, June 02, 2005

E.U. analyzing Microsoft proposals: Software giant meets midnight deadline in antitrust matter - MarketWatch

"LOS ANGELES - Microsoft Corp. met a midnight deadline in Brussels to submit proposals on how it will comply with a landmark antitrust ruling by the European Union, and officials are now scrutinizing the proposals."
Microsoft meets E.U. antitrust deadline

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

EU awaits final Microsoft plan for antitrust compliance -

"BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - The European Union head office said Tuesday it expects to make a decision by the end of July on whether to impose new fines on Microsoft Corp. which faces a Wednesday deadline for complying with an earlier order aimed at assuring that rivals can compete to supply accessories for its Windows platform." | 05/31/2005 | EU awaits final Microsoft plan for antitrust compliance