US: AT&T CEO raised idea of selling CNN to head off antitrust challenge

US: AT&T CEO raised idea of selling CNN to head off antitrust challenge

According to Bloomberg, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson floated the idea of selling CNN when he met with US antitrust officials last year in an attempt to head off a government lawsuit challenging the company’s proposed takeover of Time Warner, according to a deposition. During a November meeting with the Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Stephenson raised […]

US: Judge consolidates antitrust lawsuits against Sinclair

US: Judge consolidates antitrust lawsuits against Sinclair

A panel of federal judges has consolidated 17 lawsuits accusing Sinclair Broadcast Group and other media companies of scheming to artificially raise prices for local television advertisements, reported the Daily Record. Cases pending in federal court in Maryland and Illinois will be combined with 15 related cases and heard in Illinois, a panel on multidistrict […]

US: Lawsuit against Landmark theaters moves forward

US: Lawsuit against Landmark theaters moves forward

A year ago, the Denver Film Society announced it would join an antitrust lawsuit against Landmark Theatres; the indie film giant responded with a request for the case to be dismissed. Monday, October 1, the Film Society announced that part of Landmark’s request has been denied and the case will continue on in the courts. […]

US: Ozzy drops antitrust lawsuit

US: Ozzy drops antitrust lawsuit

According to a report by Billboard, musician Ozzy Osbourne has had his antitrust lawsuit against AEG dismissed with prejudice after company officials announced plans to end its policy requiring acts that wanted to play the O2 Arena in London to also play Staples Center in Los Angeles. On Friday, September 21, Osbourne’s attorney Daniel Wall […]

US: Appeals court rejects Anderson News antitrust lawsuit

US: Appeals court rejects Anderson News antitrust lawsuit

Former magazine distributor Anderson News failed to provide sufficient evidence that publishers and competing distributors illegally conspired to boycott its service, a federal appellate court has ruled, affirming the lower court’s opinion. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in an opinion published on Monday, August 6, with a lower-court judge in rejecting Anderson […]

US: Ozzy Osbourne calls motion to dismiss claims ‘baseless’

US: Ozzy Osbourne calls motion to dismiss claims ‘baseless’

Lawyers for Ozzy Osbourne have hit back at AEG in the ongoing dispute over major venue operators linking bookings at their different spaces, mainly in a bid to secure big acts for their LA arenas. Attorneys say that AEG has deliberately misled the court in its bid to have Osbourne’s lawsuit over the venue booking […]

US: Pork companies accused of conspiring to inflate prices

US: Pork companies accused of conspiring to inflate prices

Several large US pork companies were hit with an antitrust lawsuit last week accusing them of conspiring to inflate pork prices in an effort to boost profit at consumers’ expense, reported Fox. Defendants in the proposed class-action lawsuit included Hormel , based in Austin, Minnesota, and eight other companies, including Tyson Foods, JBS USA and […]

US: New suit alleges chicken price fixing

US: New suit alleges chicken price fixing

Kroger and two other supermarket chains on Friday joined a group of corporations suing the chicken industry on allegations it manipulated US broiler chicken prices. The plaintiffs, Kroger, Albertsons Companies, and Hy-Vee, filed an antitrust lawsuit in Illinois federal court that claims more than a dozen chicken companies shared proprietary data to inflate the cost […]

US: Apple asks SCOTUS to dismiss antitrust suit over app commissions

US: Apple asks SCOTUS to dismiss antitrust suit over app commissions

Apple has asked the US Supreme Court to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit which accuses Apple of monopolizing the app market so that it can charge excessive commissions, reported CNBC. The lawsuit dates back to 2011, where it was first filed in a California federal court by Robert Pepper and other iPhone buyers. It alleges that […]

US: American agrees to US$45m settlement for collusion

US: American agrees to US$45m settlement for collusion

  American Airlines has agreed to pay US$45 million to settle a three-year-old lawsuit accusing four domestic carriers of collusion and antitrust practices, reported Bloomberg. The suit claims American, Delta, Southwest and United illegally signaled to one other information about managing capacity in order to keep airfares elevated, despite stagnant demand and decreasing fuel costs. […]

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