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German pay TV goes into second phase

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Karel van Miert has confirmed that he is to launch a full investigation into the proposed pay TV alliance between German media groups Kirch, Bertelsmann and Deutsche Telekom.

Global Forum to meet in Rio

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The Global Forum for Competition and Trade Policy will meet in Rio de Janeiro after the IBA Business Law Section’s Second Latin American Regional Conference.

New formula for airline slots

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The European Commission hopes to avoid accusations by airlines of preferential treatment by applying a new, top secret, formula for calculating how many take-off and landing slots they should divest when forming alliances.

VW victim of new ethos

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VW became the first company to fall foul of the European Commission’s new punitive ethos when it was fined a record £67.6 million for the anticompetitive practices of some of its Italian car dealers.

1916 Act brought out of the shadows

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A federal court judge has made a landmark judgment that an almost forgotten antitrust law is in fact an anti-dumping law, carrying a far lower burden of proof. The Utah judge gave his controversial interpretation when US company Geneva Steel brought an action under the Act, known paradoxically as the 1916 Antidumping Act, against Ranger, a Texan company, and Thyssen, the largest German steel-maker, alleging they were dumping products on the US market.

Czech brewers appeal

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The Czech competition office, the Urad pro ochranu hospodarske souteze, will have to review its decision to block a merger between two Czech breweries following an appeal by the two parties.

Severity of anti-competitive behaviour penalised

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Karel van Miert has set out tough new guidelines on the fining of businesses that breach competition rules.

FTC makes ‘buyer up front’ example of Diageo

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The Federal Trade Commission cleared the mammoth 184-jurisdiction Guinness/Grand Metropolitan merger’s US elements in December, but only on the condition that the new company, Diageo, divested its worldwide interests in the Dewar’s whisky and Bombay Gin brands.

Italy appoints new competition chief

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The Italian senate has appointed a new head of Italy’s competition bureau, the Autorità Garante.

New UK Competition Commission chairman appointed

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Derek Morris, a professor of economics at Oxford University, has been appointed chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.