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  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, May 28- Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade fined six cement makers a combined 3.1 billion reais for fixing prices for two decades and ordered the companies to dispose of many assets, in a harsh decision that the biggest one said it will challenge in courts.

  • Antitrust laws need to be redefined: Levin     Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    There's no such thing as gate-keeping anymore, says Gerald Levin, former chairman & CEO of Time Warner, explaining why he supports the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Blocking the merger prevents innovation, says Levin.

  • May 28- Social network Facebook has asked European Union antitrust regulators to examine its $19 billion takeover of mobile messaging service WhatsApp, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a private letter sent last month to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, urged Washington to get tough with Beijing on its use of anti-competition rules, noting that "concerns among U.S. companies are intensifying."

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- An acquisition of U.S. cigarette-maker Lorillard Inc by Reynolds American Inc could face a bumpy road with antitrust regulators, experts said, with some predicting the deal could be blocked outright and others saying it could only go through with significant divestitures.

  • *China anti-trust watchdog visits Roche office. *China cracking down on wider pharma sector. SHANGHAI/ ZURICH, May 22- Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG said it had been visited by a unit of China's anti-trust regulator- a move that comes amid a widening crackdown on corruption and high prices in the country's pharmaceutical sector.

  • Drugmaker Roche says visited by authorities in China Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    SHANGHAI/ ZURICH, May 22- Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG said on Thursday it had been visited by a unit of China's anti-trust regulator, amid increasing scrutiny over business practices in the pharmaceutical sector in the country.

  • WASHINGTON, May 20- ConAgra Foods Inc, Cargill Inc and CHS Inc won U.S. antitrust approval on Tuesday to merge their North American flour mill operations after recently agreeing to sell four mills to a Japanese company.

  • MILAN, May 20- Italy's competition watchdog is looking into TripAdvisor to see if the influential holiday review website takes appropriate measures to avoid publishing fake opinions. In a statement on Tuesday, the watchdog said it had received complaints about TripAdvisor from consumers as well as hotel and restaurant owners.

  • MILAN, May 20- Italy's competition watchdog is looking into TripAdvisor to see if the influential holiday review website takes appropriate measures to avoid publishing fake opinions. In a statement on Tuesday, the watchdog said it had received complaints about TripAdvisor from consumers as well as hotel and restaurant owners.

  • BRUSSELS, May 20- European Union antitrust regulators charged Europe's biggest bank HSBC, U.S. peer JPMorgan and France's Credit Agricole on Tuesday with rigging financial benchmarks linked to the euro, exposing them to potential fines.

  • MILAN, May 17- U.S. tech giants Apple, Google and Amazon and French game developer Gameloft are under investigation in Italy for alleged unfair commercial practices, the country's antitrust and competition authority said. Google and Amazon could not immediately be reached for a reaction.

  • *Google offers to display rival links prominently. ST GALLEN, Switzerland, May 15- EU regulators plan to issue a final decision on their competition probe into Google after the summer break, the EU's antitrust chief said, after rivals such as Microsoft complained about how Google displays Internet search results.

  • ST GALLEN, Switzerland, May 15- U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, which has made a $106 billion bid approach to British peer AstraZeneca, has not discussed the proposed deal with European Union regulators, the region's antitrust chief said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- Six U.S. senators asked antitrust regulators to take a hard look at Pfizer Inc's plan to buy rival AstraZeneca PLC if the two companies reach a deal, saying they had "significant concerns" about how the proposed transaction would affect consumers.

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- Six U.S. senators have asked antitrust regulators to take a hard look at Pfizer Inc's plan to buy rival AstraZeneca PLC if the two companies are able to reach a deal, saying they had "significant concerns" about the proposed transaction's effect on consumers.

  • LONDON, May 13- Pfizer Chief Executive Ian Read said on Tuesday he did not believe there would be antitrust problems in taking over British drugmaker AstraZeneca. "We don't see any substantial antitrust issues on this deal anywhere in the world," Read told a panel of British lawmakers.

  • May 5- Michigan state prosecutors plan to call a former Encana Corp. executive to testify on behalf of the state, at a multi-day hearing in their criminal antitrust case against oil and gas companies Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Encana Corp. that begins Monday.

  • *Omnicom, Publicis tie-up delayed by antitrust, tax reviews.

  • District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the settlement, which required American to sell takeoff and landing rights at airports in the New York and Washington areas and airport gates in five other cities, was "within the reaches of the public interest." In Washington, the Justice Department's Antitrust Division welcomed the decision.