DG Comp and Germany probing possible German car collusion

The European Commission and Germany's competition enforcer have confirmed they are reviewing information that suggests BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler colluded to restrain the price of crucial emissions technology.

IMS Health agrees commitments with Spanish enforcer

Spain's competition authority has approved commitments proposed by US healthcare company IMS Health following an investigation over allegedly illegal clauses in the company's contracts.

Defendants will be "throwing their arms around" US Libor ruling

Former prosecutors say the US Department of Justice must step up cooperation with foreign authorities, after a federal appeals court overturned the conviction of two former Rabobank traders whose rights against self-incrimination were violated when compelled UK testimony was used against them.

  • UK court rejects class action against MasterCard

    The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused to grant a collective proceedings order for a £14 billion opt-out class action against MasterCard, holding that the determination of payments to individual victims is "impossible".

  • Argentina issues draft merger guidelines

    Argentina's National Commission for the Defence of Competition this week released a draft version of its new merger control guidelines, to better explain how the commission will analyse deals' potential competitive impact.

  • GCR to host second state aid conference

    Gert Jan Koopman, the European Commission's deputy director general for state aid, will deliver the keynote address at GCR Live 2nd Annual State Aid in Brussels on 26 September.

Louisiana repeals rule in the face of FTC challenge

The governor of Louisiana has issued an executive order that effectively repeals a rule - dictating how much appraisal management companies pay real estate appraisers - that the Federal Trade Commission had challenged as anticompetitive.

Bass Pro/Cabela's: a case study of competitive retail mergers

On 3 July 2017, the Federal Trade Commission issued a no-action letter officially closing its investigation into the proposed merger of Bass Pro Group and Cabela's, two premier outdoor sporting goods retailers. O'Melveny & Myers's Ted Hassi and Lindsey Freeman were antitrust counsel to Bass Pro, and detail how the FTC's decision reflects a recent trend in antitrust enforcement agencies' approach to retail mergers.

Excessive pricing: new use for a neglected tool in the enforcement armoury?

Timothy McIver, Anne-Mette Heemsoth and Megan MacDonald at Debevoise & Plimpton in London explore the recent spike in excessive-pricing cases involving the pharmaceutical sector.

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.

GCR to host second state aid conference

Gert Jan Koopman, the European Commission's deputy director general for state aid, will deliver the keynote address at GCR Live 2nd Annual State Aid in Brussels on 26 September.

Hoffman leaves Shearman to join US FTC  

Former US Federal Trade Commission official D Bruce Hoffman is leaving his new law firm, Shearman & Sterling, to return to the agency as acting head of its bureau of competition.  

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