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Latin Music Promoters Allege Zamora Entertainment Drowned Out Competition

Posted  11/5/12
Zamora Entertainment, a Latin music promoter, is facing an antitrust lawsuit alleging the company forced artists to use both Zamora venues and event planning services. Sol Entertainment and Hispanic Radio Broadcast Inc. filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Sol operates Tropicana, a music venue in Indianapolis, and Hispanic promotes Latin music events for Sol as...

Solyndra Charges Chinese Energy Companies With Eclipsing Solar Competition

Posted  10/25/12
Solar firm Solyndra LLC is accusing three Chinese solar panel manufacturers of driving it into bankruptcy through a scheme to monopolize the solar panel industry, in an antitrust suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Solyndra attempted to revolutionize rooftop solar energy collection with a cylindrical panel designed to make solar energy more affordable and accessible....

Radio Trade Group Seeks To Change SESAC’s Tune In Antitrust Action

Posted  10/22/12
SESAC, the performance rights organization formerly known as the Society of European Stage Authors & Composers, is facing a second antitrust lawsuit brought by broadcast groups after the Radio Music License Committee (“RMLC”) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging that SESAC’s blanket fees for songs are anticompetitive. SESAC is one of three performance...

Egg Producers Can’t Crack Antitrust Suit

Posted  10/16/12
Sparboe Inc. and Land O’ Lakes Inc. continue to face a multidistrict antitrust litigation alleging they conspired to limit supply to increase the price of eggs after the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania struck down most of their arguments to dismiss the case. Six grocers and food manufacturers that directly purchase eggs from Sparboe and Land O’ Lakes claim in the multidistrict case...

Internet Classified Ads Become Antitrust Battleground

Posted  10/11/12
craigslist, the popular classified ad website, faces monopolization and unfair competition claims now that 3Taps Inc., a website that indexes data, has filed a counterclaim in craigslist, Inc. v. 3Taps, Inc. et al., a copyright infringement lawsuit. In July, craigslist filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming copyright infringement by defendants 3Taps and...

DOJ Calls For Greater International Antitrust Cooperation

Posted  10/3/12
The expansion of international cooperation in antitrust enforcement in recent years is likely to continue and benefit both businesses and consumers, according to a top U.S. antitrust enforcer. Joseph Wayland, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, surveyed the benefits of international cooperation among antitrust authorities in a recent speech at the...

British Competition Authorities Revise Penalty Guidelines

Posted  09/27/12
The Office of Fair Trading (the “OFT”) – the United Kingdom’s consumer and competition authority – has announced new guidelines for setting penalties for violations of British competition laws. The most drastic change contained in the new guidelines increases the maximum starting point for calculating a penalty from 10 to 30 percent of a company’s relevant turnover. The OFT indicated that it is...

Aftermarket Autoparts Manufacturers Lose Bid To Stop Antitrust Class Action

Posted  09/21/12
Taiwanese manufacturers of aftermarket auto parts will have to continue litigating an antitrust class action as a result of the denial of their motion to dismiss the second amended complaint in Fond Du Lac Bumper Exchange Inc. v. Jui Li Enterprise Co. Ltd. et al. Judge Lynn Adelman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin rejected the arguments of defendants Taiwan Kai Yih Industrial Co.,...

Court Finds Musical Instrument Antitrust Claims Out Of Tune Under Twombly

Posted  09/18/12
Judge Larry Burns of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ antitrust claim under Section One of the Sherman Act in In re: National Association of Music Merchants, Musical Instruments and Equipment Antitrust Litigation. The plaintiffs alleged that defendants conspired to fix the prices of acoustic, electric and bass guitars, and...

Court Rejects Comcast Bid To Shuttle High-Speed Antitrust Claims Into Arbitration

Posted  09/14/12
Judge Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut has rejected Comcast Corp.’s bid to force antitrust claims in a putative class action into arbitration, despite the plaintiff’s signing of an arbitration clause in a subscriber agreement. In denying Comcast’s motion to compel arbitration in Fromer v. Comcast Corp., the court found the class action waiver clause in Comcast’s...
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