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Americans and Europeans revisit Boeing

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At the ABA’s 46th annual spring meeting in Washington DC, the International Committee convened to discuss the jurisdictional and substantive law conflicts in the Boeing/McDonnell merger. The dust has now settled on the deal - which was finally cleared by the European Commission in July last year - allowing the chair, Mark Warner, to bring together a panel consisting of some of the leading participants in the deal to look at the implications of the case. While the agenda looked forward, some speakers took the chance to vent their frustration at what happened. Callum Campbell reports

FTC clears Intel purchase

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While its wider investigation of Intel rumbles on, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cleared Intel Corp’s proposed acquisition of Digital Equipment Corp’s microprocessor business - provided Digital licenses its Alpha chip technology to at least three competitors, Samsung Electronics, Advanced Micro Devices and IBM.

Microsoft: will Justice jump?

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What will Joel Klein do next? That was the big question as GCR went to press, with Antitrust Department staffers and Microsoft lawyers, led by William H Neukom, huddled in Washington in what were termed 'settlement talks' aimed at averting a looming landmark action against the software giant.

Competitors in bid to stop WorldCom/ MCI merger

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GTE has sued in US federal court to block the proposed merger between WorldCom and MCI, which GTE tried to acquire last November.

A question mark against the Merger

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Sebastian O’Meara braved the storm of the century to join other bedraggled delegates in Athens for the IBA’s 9th annual seminar on Telecommunication Services and Competition Law in Europe, which looked, among other topics, at the Internet and strategic alliances

Analysis of cross-licensing and patent pooling by US Antitrust authorities

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The interplay between intellectual property law and antitrust law has increasingly compelled the interest of US antitrust authorities. John E Daniel of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, New York, considers what the Antitrust Division has been thinking and doing about crosslicensing and patent pooling - practices that have hitherto attracted little attention

US airlines seek greater collaboration

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Following the announcement by Northwest and Continental of a grand partnership in January (currently being investigated by the Justice Department), American Airlines and US Airways have announced more limited links.

Spain: Changes to Draft Competition Bill

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The draft bill on competition law is being revisited by the government. It appears that the government is backtracking on its initial proposals. The new proposals, which would maintain the TDC’s current independent status, are more in line with the trend at EU level to reinforce the independence of the competition authorities.

Lockheed/ Northrop

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A September court date has been set for the Department of Justice’s attempt to block the US$8.3 billion takeover of Northrop Grumman Corp by Lockheed Martin Corp - despite warnings from Northrop that the delay could kill the deal.

New head for NZ Commission

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Peter Allport is the new head of the New Zealand Commerce Commission.