Antitrust NewsWatch: July 2005

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Germany: Changing the rules of fair play - Legal Week Global

"Germany's reform of its competition law is an important step towards the long-overdue implementation of equal antitrust law standards throughout the EU. Georg Philipp Cotta explains what the new laws hold in store for German companies"
Legal Week Global

Monday, July 18, 2005

Realtors raise pressure on discounters: Traditional brokers chalk up local victories on access to Web listings, service requirements -

"Realtors have taken some knocks lately in Washington, where antitrust officials accuse them of trying to stifle cut-rate competition. At the state and local level, though, real-estate trade groups are fighting back - and in many instances prevailing." - Realtors Raise Pressure On Discounters

De Beers in anti-trust complaint - South Africa Sunday Times

"The Belgian Association of Dealers, Importers and Exporters of Polished Diamonds (BVGD) announces that it had lodged an official complaint with the European Commission's (EC's) competition authority against diamond miner De Beers. The complaint concerns the Supplier of Choice (SOC) programme, which is run by De Beers' marketing arm, the Diamond Trading Company (DTC)."
De Beers in anti-trust complaint

'All-out war' in Intel-AMD antitrust case: Sides schedule meeting - CNET

"Lawyers with Intel and Advanced Micro Devices will sit down next month to discuss for the first time their latest antitrust tussle, representatives for the two companies said on July 15."
'All-out war' in Intel-AMD antitrust case | CNET

In Europe, Microsoft antitrust decision on ice - CNET

"The European Commission will not make a decision on whether Microsoft has complied with its antitrust ruling until after the summer, a Commission representative said on July 15."
In Europe, Microsoft antitrust decision on ice | CNET

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

EU investigators raid Intel offices - Guardian Unlimited

"Investigators from the European commission and national competition authorities in several European countries, including Britain, yesterday mounted a series of dawn raids at premises of Intel, the world's leading chip maker, as part of an inquiry into alleged anti-trust activities. The raids are linked to lawsuits and complaints filed by Intel's smaller rival, AMD, about the US group's allegedly illegal practices in maintaining its monopoly in the microprocessor market."
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | EU investigators raid Intel offices

Monday, July 11, 2005

New judge named in Microsoft, EU case - Seattle Times

"(Bloomberg) Microsoft's appeal against a European Union antitrust order will be heard by Bo Vesterdorf, the judge who rejected the company's attempt in December to suspend the decision. The European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg said on July 8 that it told Microsoft and regulators that the case had been moved to the Grand Chamber, which is led by Vesterdorf. The case had originally been assigned to a five-judge panel led by Hubert Legal."
The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: New judge named in Microsoft, EU case

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Broadcom alleges Qualcomm violates antitrust laws on CDMA - Information Week

"Wireless chipmaker Broadcom on July 5 said that it has sued Qualcomm, saying the mobile phone chipmaking company has violated U.S. antitrust laws. Broadcom filed the suit in U.S. District Court in the District of New Jersey. It said in a statement that its charges 'relate to Qualcomm's abuse of the wireless technology standards-setting process, its failure to meet its commitments to license technology for cellular wireless standards on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. ' It also charged Qualcomm with anti-competitive practices. "
InformationWeek > Antitrust Laws > Broadcom Alleges Qualcomm Violates Antitrust Laws On CDMA > July 5, 2005

Go files antitrust suit against Microsoft - CNET

"The founder of pen computing pioneer Go filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft, claiming that the software giant violated antitrust laws by trying to thwart Go's attempt to enter the PC operating system market."
Go files antitrust suit against Microsoft | CNET

Friday, July 01, 2005

Microsoft settles with IBM for $775M - MarketWatch

"SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. on July 1 agreed to pay International Business Machines $775 million to settle antitrust claims dating back to the U.S. government's antitrust case against the software giant."
Microsoft settles with IBM for $775M - Computer Hardware - Computer Software - Technology, Hardware and Equipment - Technology, Software - Software - Company Announcements

Copycat lawsuits target Intel -

"On the heels of Advanced Micro Devices' antitrust litigation against Intel, the chip giant was hit on June 30 with two copycat lawsuits. In separate class actions filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, two owners of computers powered by Intel chips sought damages for what they claimed was the Santa Clara company's anti-competitive practices." | 07/01/2005 | Copycat lawsuits target Intel