Recent Developments in Antitrust

FTC Halts Bogus Claims for Fuel Saving Device

August 22, 2006 at 3:38 pm

On August 22, the manufacturer of a magnetic “fuel saving” and emissions-reduction device that did not save fuel or reduce emissions will pay $4.2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charges that his advertising claims were false. The FTC will seek to provide redress to consumers who bought the […]

FTC Challenges Deal between Enterprise Products Partners and TEPPCO

August 18, 2006 at 4:03 pm

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a law enforcement action on August 18 challenging a 2005 acquisition that combined the natural gas liquids (“NGL”) storage businesses of Enterprise Product Partners, L.P. and TEPPCO Partners, L.P. under common ownership. The FTC's complaint alleged that the transaction likely would result in higher […]

FTC Sues to Halt Unfair Movieland Downloads

August 15, 2006 at 3:41 pm

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint on August 15 in U.S. district court, seeking to halt an operation that downloads software barraging consumers with pop-ups demanding payment to make the pop-ups go away. The Office of the Attorney General of the State of Washington also sued the operators. The […]

Internet Video Distributor VDC Complains to FCC about Inability to Secure Carriage Deals with Established Cable Networks

August 14, 2006 at 5:20 pm

In an August 14 letter to the FCC, internet video distributor VDC Corp. (“VDC”), owner of, complained that it is having difficulty securing carriage deals with established cable networks. While distributes content from Discovery Communications, most of the company's carriage deals are with smaller cable networks such as […]

Justice Department Will Not Oppose American Trucking Associations' Proposal

August 10, 2006 at 5:58 pm

On August 10, the DOJ announced that it would not oppose a proposal by the American Trucking Associations Inc. (ATA) to develop and publicize model agreements for motor carriers and freight transportation brokers. The DOJ said the model agreements are not likely to be anticompetitive. The DOJ's position was stated […]

DIRECTV Telemarketers Pay $75,000 Penalty for Do Not Call Violations

August 10, 2006 at 3:42 pm

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced on August 10 that it entered into a court settlement with Nomrah Records, Inc. and its president, Mark Harmon – named defendants in the recent DIRECTV telemarketing case. Under the settlement, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on the FTC's behalf, Harmon will […]

China Issues Rules on Foreign Investment Via Share Swaps

August 10, 2006 at 9:32 am

On August 10, the Chinese government issued rules outlining the conditions for foreign investment in local companies through share swaps, paving the way for such transactions in merger and acquisition deals. The regulations also cover the entry of foreign investors in local companies through mergers and acquisitions. The rules, which […]

Repeat Offenders Banned From Claiming Products Treat or Cure Diseases

August 9, 2006 at 3:44 pm

An operation selling Chinese herbal supplements was banned on August 9 from claiming its products treated or cured diseases, to settle Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charges it violated a previous court order. The FTC alleged the sellers of Dia-Cope, a pill claimed to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes, violated the […]

Justice Department Will Not Oppose Proposal to Form Textile Rental and Laundry Services Joint Venture

August 8, 2006 at 5:54 pm

On August 8, the DOJ announced it would not oppose a proposal which would allow 10 textile maintenance companies to bid jointly to provide textile rental and laundry services to national healthcare outpatient centers. Based on representations made in the proposal by Linen Systems for Healthcare LLC, the DOJ concluded […]

FCC's Robert McDowell Addresses a Number of Issues Important to the Cable Industry

August 8, 2006 at 5:18 pm

Newly appointed FCC member Robert McDowell supports agency involvement to ensure that phone companies can enter local cable-TV markets without having to overcome a lot of red tape. On August 8, during his first meeting with reporters at FCC headquarters, McDowell said “I do think we can do a lot […]