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Apr 25, 2013

Watchdogs to focus on new media in Nielsen/Arbitron deal: experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. antitrust regulators are likely to scrutinize new forms of advertising as they mull the planned purchase by television rating giant Nielsen Holdings NV of Arbitron Inc, which dominates radio ratings, legal experts say.

The Federal Trade Commission, in assessing the $1.26 billion merger to ensure it complies with antitrust law, will likely focus on the emerging frontier – cross-platform data designed to tell advertisers in a holistic way what customers watch on television, listen to on the radio, look at online and see on their mobile devices.

Apr 22, 2013

US trade panel says Apple did not violate Google patent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Apple Inc scored a win on Monday when the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that it did not violate a Google patent to make the popular iPhones.

Apple had initially been accused of infringing on six patents for iPhone-related technology covering everything from reducing signal noise to programming the device’s touch screen so a user’s head does not accidentally activate it while talking on the phone.

Apr 19, 2013

U.S., beer giant InBev settle dispute over Modelo buy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department and Anheuser-Busch InBev have agreed to conditions that will allow the beer giant to expand its stake in Mexico’s Grupo Modelo, according to court documents and company statements on Friday.

The department had filed a lawsuit on January 31 aimed at stopping AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer with some 200 brands, from buying the 50 percent of Modelo it does not already own for $20.1 billion.

Apr 16, 2013

U.S. antitrust regulators vow to pounce if Google strays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. antitrust regulators said on Tuesday they would pounce on Google Inc. if they learned that the company, which dominates Internet search, violated the law after reaching an antitrust settlement in January.

The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez, who became head of the FTC in early March, defended the agreement with Google at a congressional hearing.

Apr 5, 2013

AB InBev, Justice Department are near an agreement in beer deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and the U.S. Justice Department have reached an agreement for a framework to settle their long-running beer brawl, and asked a court to extend a stay in the court fight until April 23, the two sides said in a court filing on Friday.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on January 31 aimed at stopping AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer with some 200 brands, from buying the 50 percent of Grupo Modelo (GMODELOC.MX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) it does not already own for $20.1 billion, saying the deal could mean higher U.S. beer prices.

Apr 5, 2013

AB InBev, Justice Dept say agreement near in beer deal

WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch InBev
and the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday that
they have reached an agreement for a framework to settle their
long-running beer brawl, and asked a court to extend a stay in
their court fight until April 23.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Jan. 31 aimed at
stopping AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer with some 200
brands, from buying the 50 percent of Grupo Modelo
it does not already own for $20.1 billion, saying the deal could
mean higher U.S. beer prices.

Mar 28, 2013

Restaurant meals for kids fail nutrition test: US consumer group

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – The menus offered to
children by most U.S. restaurant chains have too many calories,
too much salt or fat, and often not a hint of vegetables or
fruit, according to a study by the Center for Science in the
Public Interest.

The group, which has agitated for everything from healthier
popcorn at the movies to calorie labeling in supermarkets, found
that among almost 3,500 combinations surveyed, kids’ meals
failed to meet nutritional standards 97 percent of the time.

Mar 22, 2013

Top U.S. court to decide on deals to delay cheaper drugs

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will
hear arguments on Monday over whether big drug companies can
settle patent litigation with generic rivals by making deals to
keep cheaper products off the market.

U.S. and state regulators say the practice costs consumers,
insurers and government billions of dollars annually.

Mar 22, 2013

Microsoft did not violate Google patent: ITC judge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp did not violate a patent owned by Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility when it made its popular Xbox, an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission said in a preliminary decision issued on Friday.

A final ITC decision in the case is due in July.

The fight over the Xbox video game console is related to the larger smartphone patent war between Apple, Microsoft and the mobile phone makers who use Google’s Android software, including its subsidiary Motorola Mobility.

Mar 22, 2013

Supreme Court to decide on deals to delay cheaper drugs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday over whether big drug companies can settle patent litigation with generic rivals by making deals to keep cheaper products off the market.

U.S. and state regulators say the practice costs consumers, insurers and government billions of dollars annually.