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Italian court quashes banking cartel decision

A court has overturned a decision by Italy’s Antitrust Authority that a network of Raiffeisen bank branches and two cooperative trade associations had rigged mortgage rates in Bolzano and Trento, after finding the organisations were not competitors.

FCA investigates information exchange

DG Comp closes biofuel investigation

South Africa adds 10 further charges to K-Line prosecution

Libor judge bashes plaintiffs’ “rather extraordinary motions”

A Manhattan federal judge last week dismissed several requests made by plaintiffs pursuing damages for Libor manipulation, but did allow them to add new allegations to support their claim of a relationship between the benchmark and a derivative.

Midway between New York and DC: The Tipline for 24 April 2017

We’re reporting from the Delaware federal courthouse in downtown Wilmington this morning, as the Department of Justice faces off against the top-flight litigators hired to defend the merger of two companies that dispose of radioactive waste. Watch for coverage of opening statements in the GCR briefing this afternoon. In other news, Libor plaintiffs have been grudgingly granted one point on which to re-plead; Becton Dickinson is buying Bard but could have an old opponent reviewing the deal; and third-party presidential candidates are still arguing that their exclusion from debates is an antitrust problem.

Robot collusion and the future of online marketplaces

As the debate over internet regulation rages on, automated data processing systems in the online retail sector have received surprisingly little coverage. From Amazon to Skyscanner, price comparison softwares have become expected and even integral to modern living. But with the ease provided by the increasingly ubiquitous software has also come an easier pathway to collusion, and difficulties with regards to its prosecution.

US DOJ chief clarifies cartel leniency revision

The acting head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division said today that the agency reserves the right to exclude culpable employees from a corporate leniency applicant’s protection from prosecution, if the enforcer already has enough evidence to charge them. Pallavi Guniganti at the ABA Spring Meeting

Reed Smith makes double litigation hire from Linklaters

Reed Smith has hired two Linklaters litigation partners, Joseph P Armao and Paul Alfieri, to its global regulatory enforcement group in New York.


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