Recent Development in Antitrust and International Trade Law

WILLIAM E. KOVACIC ASSUMES NEW ROLE AS CHAIRMAN OF FTC

March 31, 2008 at 2:18 pm

On March 31, 2008, William E. Kovacic assumed the role of Chairman at the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Kovacic had served as a Commissioner since January 2006 before his nomination by President Bush and eventual confirmation by the Senate. Before joining the FTC, Mr. Kovacic was the E.K Gubin Professor […]

A DEFENSE FIRM PLEADS GUILTY TO RIG BIDS ON U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONTRACTS

March 26, 2008 at 2:17 pm

On March 26, 2008, Peck & Hale, LLC, a Long Island, NY defense firm, pled guilty to a two-count felony charge for rigging bids for U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) military restraints equipment contracts. This equipment is used to tie down and secure vehicles, aircraft, munitions, shipping containers, and other […]

DOJ APPROVES XM/SIRIUS MERGER

March 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm

On March 24, 2008, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) approved a proposed merger between XM Satellite Radio Holdings, Inc. (“XM”) and Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. (“Sirius”), the only two satellite radio service providers in the United States. The DOJ stated despite a merger to monopoly that the merged companies would […]

FORMER EDUCATION CONSULTANT SENTENCED FOR FRAUD AND BID RIGGING IN FCC E-RATE PROGRAM

March 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm

On March 19, 2008, Judy N. Green, a former education consultant from Temecula, CA, was sentenced to 7 ½ years of prison by the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The jury found her guilty on 22 counts of fraud, bid rigging, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud relating to […]

COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION COMPANY AND EXECUTIVE PLEAD GUILTY TO PARTICIPATING IN BID-RIGGING CONSPIRACY

March 6, 2008 at 10:52 am

On March 6, 2008, Alliance Mechanical, an Arizona commercial refrigeration company, and Kendall Pope, president and co-owner of the company, pleaded guilty for their role in a conspiracy to rig bids on contracts for the installation of commercial refrigeration equipment in Safeway Inc. grocery stores in the Phoenix metropolitan area. […]

DOJ REQUIRES MILL DIVESTITURES IN PROPOSED MERGER OF ALTIVITY AND GRAPHIC PACKAGING

March 5, 2008 at 10:49 am

On March 5, 2008, Altivity Packaging LLC (“Altivity”) and Graphic Packaging International Inc. (“Graphic”) entered into a settlement agreement with the DOJ that they will divest two paperboard mills-one in Indiana and the other in Pennsylvania-in order to proceed with their proposed $1.75 billion merger. The Antitrust Division stated that […]

FTC CHALLENGES ILLEGAL BOYCOTT OF HEALTH PLAN BY CONNECTICUT CHIROPRACTORS

March 5, 2008 at 10:37 am

On March 5, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission challenged the conduct by two Connecticut chiropractic associations and one of their attorneys to implement a collective refusal to deal with a cost-saving health plan in Connecticut. The FTC’s complaint charged that the parties’ actions unreasonably restrained competition in violation of Section […]

DOJ REQUIRES A DIVESTITURE IN COOKSON’S ACQUISITION OF FOSECO

March 4, 2008 at 10:34 am

On March 4, 2008, the DOJ reached a settlement that will require Cookson Group plc and Foseco plc to divest Foseco’s U.S. carbon bonded ceramic (“CBC”) business in order to proceed with Cookson’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Foseco. Allegedly, the transaction, as originally proposed, would substantially lessen competition in […]