Recent Development in Antitrust and International Trade Law

EPSON PLEADS GUILTY TO AND PAYS $26 MILLION FINE FOR ITS ROLE IN GLOBAL LCD PRICE-FIXING CONSPIRACY

August 25, 2009 at 8:56 pm

On August 25, 2009, Epson Imaging Devices Corporation (“Epson”), a Japanese electronics manufacturer, pled guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the sale of Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Display (“TFT-LDC”) panels and agreed to pay a fine of $26 million. TFT-LCD panels are used in computer […]

DOJ SETTLES WITH MICROSEMI TO RESTORE COMPETITION IN SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES USED IN MILITARY AND SPACE APPLICATIONS

August 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm

On August 20, 2009, the DOJ announced that it reached a proposed settlement with Microsemi Corporation requiring the company to divest all of the assets that it acquired from Semicoa Inc. on July 14, 2008. The DOJ investigated the consummated acquisition and filed a civil antitrust suit to force Microsemi […]

DOJ ENDS INVESTIGATION OF ORACLE’S PURCHASE OF SUN

August 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm

On August 20, 2009, Oracle announced that the DOJ closed its investigation of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun. The DOJ issued a second request to further investigate the transaction in late June. The DOJ ended its investigation approximatley two months after issuing the second request without requiring any remedy. Apparently, the […]

FORMER EXECUTIVE INDICTED IN GLOBAL COLOR DISPLAY TUBE PRICE-FIXING CONSPIRACY

August 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

On August 19, 2009, Wen Jun (“Tony”) Cheng, a former assistant vice president of sales and marketing at a large Taiwanese color display tube (CDT) manufacturing company, was indicted at U.S. District Court in San Francisco for his role in a global conspiracy to fix prices of CDTs. CDTs are […]

DOJ AND USDA TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOPS TO EXPLORE COMPETITION ISSUES IN THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

August 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm

On August 5, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 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 and the appropriate role for antitrust enforcement in agriculture. These are […]

FTC WILL CONTINUE INVESTIGATION OF INTERLOCKING DIRECTORS BETWEEN GOOGLE AND APPLE

August 3, 2009 at 7:10 pm

On August 3, the Federal Trade Commission said it will continue to investigate the relationship between the boards of Apple, Inc. and Google, Inc. even after Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, resigned from Apple’s board earlier in the day. Richard Feinstein, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, commended both companies […]