Zimbabwe to amend competition law

Zimbabwe’s cabinet plans to amend the country’s merger control regime and set out clear rules on cartel enforcement and public procurement.

Irish Supreme Court upholds litigation funding ban

Observers say an affirmation by the Supreme Court of Ireland of third-party funding's illegality is unlikely to affect the country’s attractiveness as a forum for follow-on antitrust litigation. 

US FTC commissioners diverge on algorithms

Acting Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said yesterday that the American antitrust agencies are well-equipped to deal with potentially anticompetitive algorithms and said some concerns about their use are “alarmist” – a more relaxed perspective than that offered by Democratic commissioner Terrell McSweeny the day before.

  • French court quashes dawn raid

    France’s top court has ruled that antitrust investigators breached Samsung Electronics’ defence rights during 2013 dawn raids, but separately upheld inspections of Darty and Electrolux during the same investigation of appliance makers and distributors.

  • Swiss watchdog issues second-ever merger block

    Switzerland’s competition watchdog has prevented a planned tie-up of Ticketcorner and Starticket, after finding the deal would harm competition in the market for ticket resales.

  • CMA hits Merck for discounts

    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that Merck Sharp & Dohme used discounts to restrict competition from biosimilar versions of its drug Remicade.

FTC commissioners diverge on algorithms

Acting Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said yesterday that the American antitrust agencies are well-equipped to deal with potentially anticompetitive algorithms and said some concerns about their use are “alarmist” – a more relaxed perspective than that offered by Democratic commissioner Terrell McSweeny the day before.

Judge denies injunction request in ATM fees case

A federal court judge has denied a group of ATM operators’ attempt to control the fees Visa and Mastercard charge ATM owners that have allegedly driven many independent cash point operators out of business.

UAE competition law moves toward implementation

Though the United Arab Emirates has had a competition law on the books for more than four years, it has yet to be applied in practice. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partners Gamal Abouali and Matteo Beretta and counsel Chris Macbeth explain the gaps that remain.

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.

CMA to continue focus on digital markets and pharmaceuticals

The enforcement chief of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority today said there are obvious public benefits to focusing on digital and pharmaceutical markets.

Three competition QCs become part-time judges

The UK’s Judicial Appointments Commission has named three antitrust specialists as part-time judges to the High Court of England and Wales.

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