Recent Development in Antitrust and International Trade Law

DOJ REQUIRES DIVESTITURES IN PROPOSED MERGER BETWEEN REGAL CINEMA AND CONSOLIDATED THEATERS

April 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm

On April 29, 2008, the DOJ required the divestiture of assets of Regal Cinema (“Regal”) and Consolidated Theatres Holding GP (“Consolidated”) in three metropolitan areas in North Carolina in order for the $210 million merger between the companies to proceed. The DOJ believes that the transaction would have resulted in […]

FTC ORDERS REMEDY TO RESTORE COMPETITION BETWEEN EVANSTON NORTHWESTERN HEALTHCARE CORPORATION AND HIGHLAND PARK HOSPITAL

April 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm

On April 28, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued its final order and opinion enabling the lost competition between Chicago-based Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corporation (“ENH”) and Highland Park Hospital. In October 2005, an administrative law judge ruled that ENH’s acquisition of Highland Park Hospital was anticompetitive and violated federal […]

FTC SETTLES WITH TALX CORP REGARDING ITS ACQUISITIONS OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS

April 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm

On April 28, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) entered into a settlement agreement with TALX Corporation regarding its acquisitions of various unemployment compensation management (“UCM”) and verification of income and employment (“VOIE”) services. UCM consists of administering, on behalf of large, multi-state employers, unemployment compensation claims filed with a […]

KANSAS OWNER OF COMPUTER SERVICE COMPANIES AND FAMILY MEMBER CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO DEFRAUD FCC E-RATE PROGRAM

April 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm

On April 24, 2008, Leonard Douglas “Doug” LaDuron, a former owner of three Kansas computer service companies (Serious ISP Inc., Myco Technologies Inc. and Elephantine Corporation), and his mother, Mary Jo LaDuron (a.k.a. Mary Jo Gault) pled guilty to conspiracy charges to defraud the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) E-Rate Program. […]

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB EXECUTIVE PLEADS GUILTY OF LYING TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

April 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm

On April 23, 2008, the former senior vice president of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (“BMS”), Andrew Bodnar, was indicted for his false statements to the federal government in its investigation into a patent settlement involving a blood-thinning drug used by patients of heart attack and stroke called Plavix. Mr. Bodnar agreed […]

CANADIAN DEFENSE COMPANY AND TWO EXECUTIVES INDICTED ON CHARGES TO DEFRAUD U.S. MILITARY IN IRAQ

April 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm

On April 21, 2008, a federal grand jury in San Francisco, CA unsealed an indictment against a Canadian company, Newcon Optik Ltd. (“Newcon”), and two of its executives, Michael Beker (a.k.a. Mendel Beker) and Arie Prilik for their role in a scheme to defraud the U.S. military in Iraq. Mr. […]

FTC FILES COMMENT WITH FERC ON COMPETITION IN WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY

April 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm

On April 18, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed a comment with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) regarding an earlier notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) that sought to provide consumers incentives to reduce power use. FERC proposed to provide consumers with incentives to reduce power use when electricity […]

NINTH FOREIGN EXECUTIVE PLEADS GUILTY TO PARTICIPATING IN MARINE HOSE CARTEL

April 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm

On April 17, 2008, Charles J. Gillespie, a former executive of Italy based Manuli Rubbers Industries SpA, pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to rig bids, fix prices, and allocate market shares of marine hose in the United States. Mr. Gillespie also agreed to serve 12 months and one […]

JAPAN AIRLINES ADMITS INVOLVEMENT IN AIRLINE CARTEL THAT FIXED CARGO RATES TO AND FROM THE UNITED STATES AND ELSEWHERE

April 16, 2008 at 2:43 pm

On April 16, 2008, Japan Airlines International Co. Ltd. (“JAL”) agreed to plead guilty and pay a criminal fine of $110 million for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices for international cargo shipments. JAL was accused of attempting to fix rates on international cargo shipments to and from […]

CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO PARTICIPATING IN FRAUD CONSPIRACY AT NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL

April 11, 2008 at 1:41 pm

On April 11, 2008, Aaron S. Weiner, of Aaron Weiner Construction Inc. (“AWC”), pled guilty for acting as a conduit for a million dollar kickback scheme to defraud the New York Presbyterian Hospital (“NYPH”). An owner of two construction companies located in New York paid Mr. Weiner to pose as […]