December 1, 1998 |
The government's lead attorney in its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. criticized the software giant on Monday for a newspaper ad that attempts to undermine the government's case. The advertisement, which took up nearly a full page in the Wall Street Journal and four other newspapers Monday, continues a bid by Microsoft to try to capitalize on the proposed purchase of its rival Netscape Communications Corp. by America Online Inc. for $4.2 billion.
July 9, 2003 |
After squabbling for weeks with Viacom Inc. over plans to rename its TNN cable network Spike TV, filmmaker Spike Lee said he looked forward to working with the entertainment giant. "I no longer believe that Viacom deliberately intended to trade on my name when naming Spike TV," Lee said in the statement, which was released as his lawyer, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., and Viacom attorney David Boies finalized a settlement.
April 28, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. and other big tech firms may operate thousands of miles from the nation's capital but they're not beyond the reach of federal regulators. That was the message Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz delivered this week when he revealed during a swing through Silicon Valley that he had hired a prominent litigator to dig deeper into allegations that Google had violated antitrust laws. Silicon Valley likes to hold itself out as a paragon of corporate virtue, but increasingly federal and state authorities are not buying the "don't be evil" slogan.
March 18, 1993 |
Opening arguments began Wednesday in a civil lawsuit against Westinghouse Electric Corp., culminating a five-year drive by the Philippine government to call a major American company to account for allegedly bribing the country's former dictator. The suit in federal court here charges that Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse paid about $17 million in bribes in exchange for a contract to build a $2.2-billion nuclear power plant that has never been used.
April 10, 1991 |
Dow Jones & Co. and Group W Satellite Communications filed an appeal of last week's disqualification by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge of their $115-million joint bid to acquire Financial News Network Inc. The appeal was expected. Separately, the Federal Trade Commission filed an appeal of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge's ruling that any litigation, including a possible antitrust suit involving the pending FNN acquisition, must go through the bankruptcy court.
January 7, 1999 |
The judge who will decide the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case interrupted the trial Wednesday to ask a witness about comments by America Online Inc.'s chairman that its planned deal with Netscape won't change Microsoft's dominance. The unusual exchange was a clear illustration of the judge's deep unease about how the pending $4.2-billion AOL-Netscape merger might affect the competitiveness of the nation's computer industry, the main issue in the trial.
June 17, 1999 |
A computer executive considered a close ally of Microsoft Corp. described the software giant as a "natural monopoly" in court Wednesday and said he agreed to promote some Microsoft products to maintain close relations with the software giant. Gordon Eubanks, chief executive of Oblix Inc. and the former chairman of Symantec Corp., which makes the popular Norton Utilities and other programs, made the remarks while testifying as a Microsoft witness in the landmark antitrust case.
February 12, 1999 |
The government challenged a senior Microsoft Corp. executive Thursday on his claim that people can quickly and easily download Web browsers over the Internet. Microsoft Vice President Brad Chase testified under cross-examination in his company's antitrust trial that downloading a Web browser--either Microsoft's own Internet Explorer or the rival browser made by Netscape Communications Corp.--is a simple and usually successful process for most people.
February 28, 2001 |
Random House Inc. has asked a federal judge to bar a publisher of electronic books from copying works of William Styron, Kurt Vonnegut, and Robert Parker and selling them over the Internet. Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, the world's third largest media company, says rival RosettaBooks LLC has cherry-picked eight important titles, including "Sophie's Choice" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," copied them in digital format, and begun selling them online.
July 5, 2005 |
Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the ousted chief executive of American International Group Inc., may be willing to negotiate with New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer to settle a fraud lawsuit, one of Greenberg's lawyers said. "If a reasonable resolution could be reached without litigation, that's obviously in everybody's interest," attorney David Boies said in an interview Friday. "I think there will be some serious settlement discussions."