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  • 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.

  • BRUSSELS, April 25- U.S. cable group Liberty Global's bid for Dutch peer Ziggo is likely to face lengthy scrutiny by European Union antitrust regulators because of the complex issues involved, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

  • E-Books are seen on an ipad.

    A judge denied a bid by Apple to hold off a trial accusing the company of conspiring with publishers to fix e-book prices.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- A U.S. federal judge denied a bid by Apple Inc on Wednesday to hold off a trial in a case brought by state attorneys general accusing the company of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.

  • NEW YORK, April 15- Apple Inc on Tuesday lost an attempt to dismiss lawsuits by state attorneys general accusing it of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices. Following a non-jury trial, Cote in July found that Apple from 2009 to 2010 conspired with the publishers to raise e-book prices and impede competitors such as Amazon.com Inc..

  • SEATTLE, April 11- Microsoft Corp's board faces a lawsuit over the way it handled an error with its Internet Explorer browser that ended up costing the company a record-breaking $731 million fine by European antitrust regulators.

  • 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.