Recent Development in Antitrust and International Trade Law

Justice Department Suspends Investigation Of Entercom Communications Purchase Of N.Y. Radio Stations From CBS Corporation

October 31, 2006 at 4:02 pm

The DOJ announced on October 31st that it suspended its investigation of Entercom Communications Corporation’s proposed $262 million acquisition of Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, and New York radio stations from CBS Corporation as long as the companies sell three Rochester radio stations. Entercom informed the DOJ that it planned to divest […]

FTC Challenges Terms of Watson Pharmaceuticals’ Acquisition of Andrx

October 31, 2006 at 1:36 pm

On October 31, the Federal Trade Commission announced its decision to challenge the terms of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of Andrx Corporation, a deal that would have led to competitive problems in the markets for 13 generic drug products. In allowing the deal to proceed while addressing […]

Commission clears planned acquisition of Bayer Diagnostics by Siemens

October 31, 2006 at 10:05 am

On October 31st, the European Commission cleared the proposed acquisition of Bayer Diagnostics, the diagnostic division of Bayer Healthcare, a business unit of Bayer AG of Germany, by Siemens AG of Germany. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or […]

Justice Department Will Not Oppose Proposal By Standard-Setting Organization on Disclosure and Licensing of Patents

October 30, 2006 at 4:04 pm

On October 30, the DOJ announced that it will not oppose a proposal by the VMEbus International Trade Association (“VITA”) to implement a policy on the disclosure and licensing of patents. The policy requires the disclosure of essential patents, commitments to license essential patent claims on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory […]

What Is Confession Good for Now?

October 23, 2006 at 4:48 pm

Andre P. Barlow’s most recent published article is now available on the Legal Times website. To read it, please visit: http://www.law.com/jsp/dc/PubArticleDC.jsp?id=1161075916475&hub=Commentary

Nation’s Largest Funeral Home/Cemetery Chains Agree to FTC Terms Before They May Merge

October 22, 2006 at 1:38 pm

On November 22, the nation’s two largest funeral home and cemetery chains reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, which contended that Service Corporation International’s (SCI) proposed acquisition of Alderwoods Group Inc. would lessen competition in 47 markets for funeral or cemetery services, leaving consumers with fewer choices and […]

FTC Challenges Barr’s Proposed Acquisition of Pliva

October 20, 2006 at 1:35 pm

On October 20, the Federal Trade Commission announced its decision to challenge Barr Pharmaceutical, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Pliva for approximately $2.5 billion. The FTC’s complaint alleges that the acquisition as originally structured would have eliminated current or future competition between Barr and Pliva in certain markets for generic pharmaceuticals […]

Commission approves proposed acquisition of Mercury by Hewlett Packard

October 20, 2006 at 10:13 am

On October 20, the European Commission cleared the proposed acquisition by Hewlett Packard Company of control over the U.S. software company Mercury Interactive Corporation. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it. Hewlett Packard […]

Justice Department Reaches Agreement Requiring Divestitures in Merger of Regions Financial Corp. and AmSouth

October 19, 2006 at 4:06 pm

On October 19, the DOJ announced that Regions Financial Corporation and AmSouth Bancorporation agreed to sell 52 AmSouth branch offices with approximately $2.7 billion in deposits in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee in order to resolve competitive concerns raised by the companies’ proposed merger. The DOJ said that without the divestitures […]

Three Executives Indicted for their roles in the Dram Price-Fixing & Bid-Rigging Conspiracy

October 18, 2006 at 4:08 pm

A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an indictment on October 18th against two executives from Samsung Electronics Ltd. (“Samsung”) and one executive from Hynix Semiconductor America Inc. (“Hynix America”) for their participation in a global conspiracy to fix DRAM prices. DRAM is the most commonly used semiconductor memory […]