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  • BRUSSELS, May 6- European Union antitrust regulators opened an investigation into cross-border e-commerce on Wednesday in a move aimed at removing borders to online sales as part of a broad strategy to overhaul the bloc's digital market. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager had announced her intention in March to open the sector inquiry. 1/...

  • BRUSSELS, May 5- EU regulators will miss a June deadline to decide whether tax deals granted by individual member states to companies including Apple and Starbucks are legal because they lack some data, the EU's antitrust chief said on Tuesday. The investigations launched last year centre on Luxembourg's tax rulings for carmaker Fiat Chrysler and online...

  • BRUSSELS, May 4- General Electric's CEO will meet the European antitrust chief on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the EU investigates the U.S. company's 12.4- billion-euro bid for an Alstom business. GE is seeking to convince the Commission to approve its proposal to buy French company Alstom's power equipment business, without...

  • JUDGE OVERSEEING GOVERNMENT'S ANTITRUST LAWSUIT AGAINST AMERICAN EXPRESS CO ISSUES INJUNCTION AGAINST STEERING CUSTOMERS.

  • *Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron announce buybacks. TOKYO, April 27- U.S. firm Applied Materials Inc on Monday scrapped its $10 billion planned takeover of chip-making gear rival Tokyo Electron Ltd after the deal, a rare foreign bid for a Japanese firm, ran afoul of U.S. anti-trust regulators. Tokyo Electron said both companies gave up on the deal after more than...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Applied Materials Inc and Tokyo Electron Ltd said on Monday they have given up plans to merge in a deal that would have been worth more than $10 billion, citing problems in getting approval from U.S. antitrust regulators. U.S.-based Applied Materials had agreed in September 2013 to buy Tokyo Electron in an all-stock deal combining the world's...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Tokyo Electron Ltd and Applied Materials Inc said on Monday they have agreed to give up their plans to merge in a deal that was set to be worth more than $10 billion, citing differences in views with U.S. antitrust regulators. U.S.-based Applied Materials, the world's largest chipmaking equipment maker, had agreed in September 2013 to buy Tokyo...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Comcast Corp's failed bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc is the latest muscle flex by U.S. antitrust enforcers and will likely deter chief executives from pursuing aggressive transactions as a way to spend excess cash. Comcast, which had barely convinced regulators to allow it to buy NBC Universal four years ago, folded under pressure from the...

  • HOUSTON, April 24- Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for potential antitrust violations related to leasing oil and gas properties, according to a regulatory filing by a new business venture he helps run. "In connection with the formal investigation of Chesapeake in 2012 by the U.S....

  • *Microsoft, Yelp, slew of small EU firms among the complainants. BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, April 24- The European Union's decision to take on Google last week stems from offical complaints by 19 companies in Europe and the United States, including Microsoft and a number of small firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The list also includes online mapping...

  • *DOJ, FCC say merger would have given Comcast unfair advantage. *Time Warner Cable shares up 2 pct, Comcast little changed. April 24- Comcast Corp abandoned its $45 billion offer for Time Warner Cable Inc on Friday after U.S. regulators raised concerns that the deal would give Comcast an unfair advantage in the cable TV and Internet-based services market.

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a federal law governing the natural gas market does not shield energy companies from state antitrust claims made over the western U.S. energy crisis between 2000 and 2002.. The ruling, on a 7-2 vote, was a loss for several energy companies, including American Electric Power Company Inc, Dynegy Inc and...

  • NEW YORK, April 21- The European Union's antitrust probe into Google sparked a big rally in Russian search engine Yandex NV last week, even though the "Russian Google" still faces significant challenges, competitive and otherwise. But it has lost market share as Russian consumers have adopted Android-based cell phones that come pre-loaded with Google products...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a federal law governing the natural gas market does not shield energy companies from state antitrust claims made over the western U.S. energy crisis between 2000 and 2002.. The ruling, on a 7-2 vote, was a loss for several energy companies, including American Electric Power Company Inc, Dynegy Inc and...

  • April 17- Staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. A spokesman for Time Warner Cable questioned the report, saying the company had been working...

  • April 17- Staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. Time Warner Cable shares were trading down 5.1 percent at $150.08 on the New York Stock Exchange while...

  • April 17- Staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. A review could come as soon as next week, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Time Warner and Comcast did...

  • *Separate from Google antitrust investigation. BRUSSELS, April 17- Internet platforms such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip is expected to formally announce the new strategy on May 6.

  • Google's EU showdown offers openings to competitors Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    That appears to be the European Union's strategy to pursue Google in a competition dispute by choosing to push a narrow set of charges around its shopping service, while opening another investigation of Google's Android mobile phone software. In accusing Google of anti-competitive practices against rival shopping sites, the EU competition authority said...

  • Bank of America settles currency-rigging lawsuit Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 16- Bank of America Corp has settled its portion of a U.S. antitrust lawsuit in which investors accused 12 major banks of rigging prices in the foreign exchange market. Bank of America is the third bank to settle investor claims related to the $5.3 trillion- a-day currency market. Scott& Scott said Bank of America's settlement will "mirror" the earlier...