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2009-08-05 14:21:00

Workshops Will Promote Open Dialogue on Legal and Economic Issues in the Agriculture Industry WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold joint public workshops to explore competition issues affecting the agriculture industry in the 21st century and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in that...

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2009-07-30 13:54:02

Microsoft and Yahoo's new Internet search partnership faces a tough antitrust review in the U.S. and overseas, as regulators must decide whether the deal will foster more competition with market leader Google, The Associated Press reported. Yahoo and Microsoft announced the deal on Wednesday, and executives believe it may have a better shot at success than the proposed agreement that fell apart last year after the Justice Department threatened to block it, ultimately leading Yahoo to revive...

2009-07-25 20:12:09

A top U.S. antitrust official is getting resistance within the Obama administration to her efforts to expand antitrust enforcement, officials and analysts say. Christine Varney, who heads the antitrust division in the Department of Justice, has been looking into antitrust issues involving the telecommunications, pharmaceutical, agricultural, financial and travel industries. But she has run into resistance from other administration officials and members of Congress, The New York Times reported...

2009-06-03 09:25:00

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Grand Rapids, Mich., grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging a former school superintendent with engaging in a conspiracy to accept a bribe from a vendor and to deprive his former employer and the citizens of Michigan of his honest services in connection with the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-Rate Program. The former superintendent was also charged with obstructing justice in relation to the Department of Justice's...

2009-05-13 07:30:00

WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of Ronald A. Cass, Chairman, Center for the Rule of Law, on Intel Anti-Trust Decision: The European Commission's record-setting fine on chip-maker Intel Corporation pushes Europe further along the path of substituting regulation for competition. The EC's use of huge fines against market-leading firms - fines calculated from a firm's world-wide sales, not from harm to European consumers - discourages aggressive...

2009-05-13 06:45:00

BOSTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Keith N. Hylton, the Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, issued the following statement in reaction to the European Commission's ruling on the investigation of Intel's business practices. "The EC decision to impose the largest fine in its history on Intel, largely for its price cutting, sends a worrisome signal to dominant firms in the U.S. Antitrust law in the U.S. has largely abandoned the idea that...

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2009-05-12 11:13:09

Monday's announcement by the administration of President Barack Obama to aggressively pursue antitrust cases could force many US technology firms to reconsider the way they plan to grow their business. The Justice Department on Monday said it was doing away with prior guidelines issued in September 2008 by the administration of President George W. Bush. The Justice Department's antitrust chief Christine Varney said the elimination of previous guidelines represents "a shift in philosophy and...

2009-05-11 07:40:15

The U.S. Justice Department plans to jettison the Bush administration's pro-defendant antitrust policies, department consultants said. The head of the department's antitrust division Christine Varney, is expected to outline the change of direction in two speeches this week, the first in front of the Center for American Progress on Monday and the second on Tuesday for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The New York Times reported. In part, the policy shift reflects the Obama administration's belief...

2009-05-05 09:45:00

MADRID, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brattle Group, a global economic consulting firm, announced today that it has expanded its international presence with the establishment of a new office in Madrid, Spain. The Madrid office will be led by Dr. David Robinson, a principal of Brattle and an expert in competition, regulation and corporate strategy in energy and other regulated industries. Brattle's expansion into Spain allows the firm to combine economic expertise with insight into local and...

2009-04-30 13:45:07

Market officials in Europe could recommend a record fine against U.S. chipmaker Intel, an expert in EU regulations said. I'd be surprised if the fine isn't as high or higher than in the Microsoft case, said Howard Cartlidge of the London law firm Olswang, The New York Times reported Thursday. Technology markets are where the European Commission has perceived particular problems due to dominant companies, he said. Intel has been accused of paying computer manufacturers to deliberately delay or...