Antitrust NewsWatch: August 2005

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

US FTC takes Schering patent case to high court | Reuters.com

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. antitrust authorities on Tuesday said they had asked the Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court ruling and reinstate antitrust charges against Schering-Plough Corp. The Federal Trade Commission said it has filed a petition asking the high court to review a March ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Court, which rejected an earlier finding by the FTC that Schering-Plough had illegally kept cheaper versions of its blood pressure drug K-Dur off the market."
Stock Market News and Investment Information | Reuters.com

Friday, August 26, 2005

Report: Competition watchdog probing price fixing allegations against French mobile phone operators | FindLaw

"(AP) - PARIS-France's competition watchdog is reportedly investigating the country's three mobile phone operators, suspected of working together to fix prices over a six-year period - 1997 to 2003. Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom each could risk heavy fines if the allegations are proved to be true."
Report: Competition watchdog probing price fixing allegations against French mobile phone operators

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Microsoft is awaiting Seoul antitrust ruling | New York Times

"The antitrust regulator in South Korea will begin a crucial hearing on August 23 to determine whether Microsoft violated the country's fair trade rules by bundling its instant messenger and Media Player programs into its Windows XP platform. The commission held a closed hearing in July to listen to arguments from Microsoft and its local competitors, but it has not clarified how many more hearings it will need before ruling."
Microsoft Is Awaiting Seoul Antitrust Ruling - New York Times

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

South Korea joins Intel inquiries: Documents related to rebate, marketing deals sought - MercuryNews.com

"Intel may be facing more scrutiny on antitrust issues, this time from the South Korean government's Fair Trade Commission. The world's biggest chip maker disclosed on August 8 in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it received a request for information in June from the South Korean agency. The agency asked for documents related to the marketing and rebate programs that Intel has entered into with South Korean PC manufacturers."
MercuryNews.com | 08/09/2005 | South Korea joins Intel inquiries

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Report to Congress: Repealing Anti-Trust Exemption Would Change Insurers' Pricing Habits - Insurance Journal

"A new government report finds that if the insurance industry lost its current exemption from federal anti-trust laws, insurance companies would probably no longer be allowed to rely on rating organizations for projections of future costs to set their prices."
Report to Congress: Repealing Anti-Trust Exemption Would Change Insurers' Pricing Habits

Lucent subpoenaed in antitrust probe | BusinessWeek

MURRAY HILL, NJ (AP) - Lucent Technologies Inc. said on August 5 that it received subpoenas from Justice Department and General Services Administration officials regarding investigations into potential violations relating to antitrust and sales of telecommunications equipment to the federal government in its E-Rate program.
Lucent subpoenaed in antitrust probe

EU & Competition: Dawn raiders - Legal Week

"Being subjected to the scrutiny of EU competition officials is an experience every company wants to avoid. Catriona Hatton and George Metaxas offer advice on what to do if the European Commission knocks at the door. Without commenting on the rights or wrongs of the case, the European Commission's (EC's) recent dawn raid on Intel's Brussels office during its inquiry into alleged anti-competitive practices has highlighted the need for international companies to be aware of the European Union's (EU's) powers in this area."
Legal Week

AMD vs. Intel: Clash of the Titans | Top Tech News

"The battle lines are drawn for what will be a protracted war played out in court between two fierce competitors who know each other well. The antitrust lawsuit filed by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) against Intel has sent ripples through the entire I.T. industry. As the battle unfolds, its many top players, from manufacturers to retailers, will be compelled to play their part in the landmark dispute."
Top Tech News - Tech Trends - AMD vs. Intel: Clash of the Titans

Feds give Sprint-Nextel merger anti-trust approval | ZDNet

"Two federal agencies on August 3 approved the megamerger of U.S. cell phone operators Sprint and Nextel Communications. The thumbs-up by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice's antitrust division means the last major hurdle has been cleared for Sprint's proposed $35 billion purchase of Nextel.While reducing the number of major U.S. operators from five to four, both agencies concluded the merger will not diminish competition."
Feds approve Sprint-Nextel merger | Tech News on ZDNet