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  • ATHENS, April 10- Swiss cement producer Holcim's plans to merge with French peer Lafarge and create the world's biggest cement maker will be subject to an extensive review, the European Union's antitrust chief said on Thursday.

  • PARIS/ ZURICH, April 10- France's competition authority is investigating drugmakers Roche and Novartis on suspicion they were involved in anti-competitive practices in relation to eye disease treatments, the companies said on Thursday.

  • BRUSSELS, April 3- European Union regulators have halted their review of Hutchison Whampoa's $1 billion bid for Telefonica's 02 Ireland as they wait for new details of Hutchison's concessions, the EU antitrust chief said on Thursday.

  • BRUSSELS, April 2- Investment bank Goldman Sachs, the world's top cablemaker Prysmian, Nexans and eight cable firms were fined a total of 302 million euros by EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday for running a cartel. Prysmian received the biggest penalty at 104.6 million euros, which included a joint fine of 37.3 million euros with Goldman Sachs.

  • NEW YORK, April 1- Twelve large banks have been sued in a consolidated antitrust lawsuit by investors who claim they conspired to rig prices in the roughly $5.3 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market.

  • TIMELINE-The FX "fixing" scandal Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    LONDON, March 31- Switzerland's competition commission WEKO said on Monday it had formally opened an investigation into eight Swiss, U.S. and British banks over potential collusion to manipulate foreign exchange rates.

  • WASHINGTON, March 28- The European Union is seeking to insulate its probe of Russia's gas export monopoly, Gazprom, which is suspected of anti-competitive behavior, from larger concerns about Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, Europe's top antitrust enforcer said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Silver investors failed to show that JPMorgan Chase& Co conspired to drive down the metal's price, and an antitrust lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. bank of price-fixing should be dismissed, a federal appeals court ruled.

  • BRUSSELS, March 25- European Union antitrust regulators raided French car parts makers Faurecia and several other auto exhaust systems makers on Tuesday, the latest crackdown against suspected price-fixing in the auto industry. Faurecia, which is 52- percent owned by French carmaker Peugeot Citroen, confirmed the EU raids.

  • BRUSSELS, March 20- EU antitrust regulators are seeking industry feedback over concessions offered by Hutchison Whampoa to secure approval for its $1 billion bid for Telefonica's 02 Ireland, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Florida and other U.S. states will join the Justice Department in seeking to determine if Comcast's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable is legal under U.S. antitrust law, Florida said in a statement to Reuters. Erin Reece, a spokeswoman for the Indiana attorney general's office, did not indicate if Indiana was part of the multistate group.

  • BRUSSELS, March 19- European Union antitrust regulators fined German engineering group Schaeffler, Sweden's SKF and three Japanese car parts makers a total 953.3 million euros for taking part in a ball bearings cartel.

  • BEIJING, March 3- China will present proposals to revamp its behemoth economic planning agency at an annual session of parliament this week, sources said, but the organisation's role as an antitrust regulator could eventually be enhanced.

  • NEW YORK/ HOUSTON, Feb 26- Encana Corp and Chesapeake Energy Corp are negotiating civil settlements with the state of Michigan to try to end its criminal investigation into whether the energy companies colluded to keep oil and gas lease prices artificially low in the state.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- If U.S. antitrust enforcers decide to challenge the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, it may be because of an idea with a funny-sounding name that has been gaining currency in government offices.

  • *Says will investigate Google's Android software in coming weeks. PARIS, Feb 21- The EU antitrust chief defended a deal with Google over how it displays web search results, following criticism from rival firms and his own colleagues, saying there had been no gentlemen's agreement to close the case.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Comcast Corp said on Thursday it plans to submit documents on its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc to U.S. regulators by the end of March, when antitrust and public interest reviews will be launched. Comcast is targeting the end of March to submit its application to the FCC, spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice said.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Comcast Corp said it plans to submit documents on its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc to U.S. federal regulators by the end of March, when antitrust and public interest reviews will be launched. Comcast is targeting the end of March to submit its application to the FCC, said spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Comcast Corp will again be working with its longtime antitrust counsel at Davis Polk& Wardwell, as the communications and entertainment group seeks to navigate the U.S. approval process to merge with rival Time Warner Cable Inc..

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 14- Comcast Corp will again be working with its longtime antitrust counsel at Davis Polk& Wardwell, as the communications and entertainment group seeks to navigate the U.S. approval process to merge with rival Time Warner Cable Inc..

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