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Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday opened [statement of objections, PDF] formal proceedings looking into whether the Walt Disney Company [corporate website] and other prominent US film studios committed antitrust violations. The EC is extending the Disney proceedings that were already opened on January 13, 2014 to … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The European Commission [official website] said Thursday that they have opened a formal antitrust investigation [press release] into Amazon's e-books business. The investigation will focus on particular clauses in Amazon's contracts requiring publishers to inform Amazon about more favorable or alternative terms offered to Amazon's competitors. Amazon has also added … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Privacy software company Disconnect [corporate website] announced Tuesday that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition [official website]. Disconnect is the maker of an anti-tracking app that runs on Google's Android operating system and was blocked from the Google Play [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Five of the world's largest banks agreed Wednesday to plead guilty [press release] to rigging currency markets and to pay over USD $5 billion in penalties to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], along with several domestic and international agencies. Traders from Citicorp, Barclays, the Royal Bank … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday opened an investigation into potential antitrust violations in the e-commerce market with the scope of the investigation including a number of the world's largest technology and search companies. The commission seeks to identify any possible anti-competitive behavior [official press release] that is … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday issued [press release] a Statement of Objection to Gazprom [corporate website] accusing the Russian gas giant of abusing its position [EU factsheet] as the dominant source of gas in Central and Eastern European in breach of EU anti-trust rules. According to the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in favor of Learjet and other natural gas retail purchasers in their action against interstate natural gas pipeline ONEOK, finding that the Natural Gas Act [text] does not provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [official website] exclusive control over … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday initiated [press release] antitrust proceedings against Google [corporate website] accusing the company of utilizing their dominant position in the search engine market to hurt competitors. The commission sent Google a Statement of Objections, which describe how the search engine company has negatively … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] on Thursday adopted Open Internet rules [press release, PDF] by a 3-2 vote. The Open Internet Order reclassifies broadband internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act [text], bringing broadband providers within the authority of the FCC. The … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled Wednesday in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission [opinion, PDF] that because the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners [official website] consists mostly of active market participants in the occupation the board regulates, it could only … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF] the state of Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million, settling a long dispute [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] over water use from the Republican River. The river originates in Colorado, runs through Nebraska and ends in Kansas. In a compact [text, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A federal judge for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday dismissed [order, PDF] a class action suit against Google [corporate website] for allegedly monopolizing search engines in Android phones. The plaintiffs in the case were two customers who purchased Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and sought to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis [official profile] of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] decided on Thursday that American Express' practice of barring merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another violated the Sherman Antitrust Act [text]. All credit and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases Monday. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on whether the town of Gilbert's content-based ordinance regarding city signs is content-neutral and not discriminatory. The case … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A bill (S.171) [text] that has been pre-filed in the South Carolina Senate [official website] would make certain state colleges pay their student basketball and football players if the bill becomes law. The bill was proposed December 3 by Senator Marlon Kimpson [official profile], who argues that student athletes … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2014
by Elizabeth Dennis

[JURIST] The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) [official website] was sued [complaint] Monday for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) [materials]. The lawsuit, brought by a former college athlete against the NCAA and NCAA Division 1 Member Schools, alleges that defendants both jointly agreed and conspired to violate the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the court is tasked with deciding whether Nebraska violated a compact apportioning the waters of the Republican River between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, and, if so, what relief … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday approved [judgment, PDF] a settlement between federal antitrust authorities and eBay [corporate website] over allegations that eBay agreed to not to poach employees from rival companies. Judge Edward Davila presided over the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Aug 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday rejected a bid by Adobe Systems Inc., Apple, Google and Intel [corporate websites] to settle ongoing antitrust litigation brought by employees in the technology industry. The corporations filed a motion in June … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday ruled [materials] that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) [official website] cannot prevent college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses. The class action case was brought by a … [read more]

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