US beats appeal of insurance merger block

A divided federal appeals court today upheld a decision to stop two of the largest health insurers in the US from merging, potentially rendering irrelevant a separate court battle between the companies themselves. 

ECJ dismisses banana cartelists’ final appeal

In proving the existence of a cartel, the European Commission can rely on evidence sent by non-competition agencies so long as the evidence was legally sent, the Court of Justice held yesterday.

Collusion via AI still a cartel, Laitenberger says

The European Commission is on the lookout for companies that use algorithms that independently engage in anticompetitive conduct, the authority’s director general for competition said this week.

DOJ tackles waste disposer’s failing firm defence

The Department of Justice yesterday pointed to upcoming business contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to support its argument that Waste Control Specialists is not in as big a financial hole as the would-be merger target claims to be. Charles McConnell in Wilmington, Delaware

GE loses antitrust suit over medical machinery

General Electric caused nearly $44 million in antitrust damages to 17 companies that service or refurbish GE anesthesia machines throughout the US, a federal jury found on Wednesday.

Texas’s antitrust bar

Even with the recent ups and downs of the energy sector, Texas trails only California in its level of economic activity, which keeps the state’s antitrust bar busy. Alex Wilts profiles Texas’s top competition practices

EU Cartel Analysis: The Appeals

As part of GCR’s third EU Cartel Survey, we examined five years of court decisions stemming from appeals against European Commission cartel cases. The data implies that DG Comp sees its decisions overturned or amended before the EU's High Court more often than observers have suggested.

Roth, Whish and Kubik: no problem with object/effect divide in public and private enforcement

Three antitrust experts yesterday agreed that enforcers’ by-object analysis forcing private plaintiffs to do the legwork on proving anticompetitive effects is acceptable. Tom Webb in Madrid

Clifford Chance promotes in Paris and Brussels

Clifford Chance has promoted Katrin Schallenberg and Anastasios Tomtsis to partner in its Paris and Brussels offices respectively.

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