*Brazil antitrust watchdog rules against Telefonica. *Telefonica prefers sale of Brazil unit, Fossati against. Telecom Italia's 67 percent stake in TIM Participacoes has become an issue since TIM Brasil's biggest rival, Spain's Telefonica, agreed a deal in September to gradually take over Telecom Italia's controlling shareholder group, Telco.» Read More
BRUSSELS, Oct 9- Greece's Aegean Airlines has won European Union approval to buy loss-making rival Olympic Air at the second attempt, after a new antitrust investigation found Olympic would close down if the deal was blocked.
BRUSSELS, Oct 7- European Union regulators are looking into allegations of possible rigging of the $5 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market, the EU's antitrust chief said on Monday, days after Swiss authorities announced an investigation into the issue.
*Gazprom accused of abusing dominant position. VILNIUS, Oct 3- EU regulators are preparing to charge Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom with abusing its dominant position in central and eastern Europe, the EU's antitrust chief said on Thursday, in a move that could lead to a fine of up to $15 billion.
BRASILIA, Oct 2- The planned combination of Brazil's Oi SA and Portugal Telecom SGPS SA is unlikely to face opposition from Brazil's antitrust regulators, a Brazilian government source told Reuters on Wednesday.
*Almunia says key moment reached in Google investigation. BRUSSELS, Oct 1- Google's latest offer to modify its Internet search engine offers the prospect of ending a long-running European Union competition probe, the bloc's top antitrust official said on Tuesday.
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 24- Argentina's antitrust regulator will study a proposal by Spanish-owned Telefonica to gain control of Telecom Italia, both of which operate in the South American country, the government said on Tuesday.
"Our proposal offers a high level of certainty of regulatory approval," Watsa, chief executive of Fairfax Financial, said in a letter to BlackBerry that described the consortium he is setting up to buy the company as "a Canadian buyer not subject to Investment Canada review" and dismissed the idea of antitrust concerns.
BEIJING, Sept 24- A heavy-handed approach is needed to halt a rise in monopolistic behaviour by companies in China, a senior official said on Tuesday, in a sign that an antitrust campaign which has already ensnared top global firms could get tougher.
BEIJING, Sept 16- China's pricing regulator is investigating industries where excessive profits are being made such as eyeglasses, an antitrust official said on Monday, adding that authorities have not opened any probe into the auto industry.
BRUSSELS, Sept 9- Google has offered further concessions aimed at ending a three-year investigation into complaints it was blocking competitors and to avert a possible $5 billion fine, the European Commission said on Monday. "The Commission received a proposal from Google and is assessing it," EU Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said.
*Court restricts agreements between Apple and five major publishers. NEW YORK, Sept 6- A U.S. judge who found Apple Inc liable for conspiring to fix e-book prices entered an injunction on Friday to bar the iPad maker from further antitrust violations.
NEW YORK, Sept 6- A federal judge who found Apple Inc liable for conspiring to fix e-book prices entered an injunction on Friday intended to bar the iPad maker from further antitrust violations.
BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Sept 3- Foreign companies in China are getting increasingly jumpy about a spate of antitrust and corruption investigations by Chinese authorities and are hiring lawyers to make sure their operations comply with the law. The investigations represent one of the most significant risks to doing business in China in years.
American Airlines and U.S. Airways are taking the Justice Department to court to contest a lawsuit against their merger. Kevin Starke, CRT Capital Group analyst, provides a legal perspective on the case.
SHANGHAI, Aug 27- A series of antitrust investigations by Chinese regulators are part of efforts to toughen enforcement of a 2008 anti-monopoly law and are not just directed at foreign firms, the official China Daily reported on Tuesday.
NEW YORK, Aug 23- American Airlines and its creditors' committee on Friday urged a bankruptcy judge to approve the airline's restructuring plan despite an antitrust challenge from the Department of Justice.
Aug 23- American Airlines on Friday urged a bankruptcy judge to approve its Chapter 11 restructuring plan despite an antitrust challenge from the U.S. Department of Justice to its proposal to merge with US Airways Group.
A senior Chinese official put pressure on around 30 foreign firms to confess to any antitrust violations and warned them against using external lawyers to fight accusations from regulators, sources said.
*Companies at meeting included GE, Samsung, Siemens, IBM, Intel- sources. BEIJING, Aug 21- A senior Chinese official put pressure on around 30 foreign firms including General Electric and Siemens at a recent meeting to confess to any antitrust violations and warned them against using external lawyers to fight accusations from regulators, sources said.
NEW YORK, Aug 15- A judge asked AMR Corp for guidance on whether he should approve its plan to exit bankruptcy, in light of an antitrust challenge to its planned merger with US Airways Group Inc.. AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, has been in bankruptcy since 2011 and worked out an $11 billion merger with US Airways as part of its plan to exit Chapter 11..