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Arquit takes over at IBA Committee C

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US lawyer Kevin Arquit took over as chairman of the International Bar Association’s Committee C last month at the close of the IBA’s Delhi conference.

Microsoft limbers up for battle

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Brussels cleared the way for Microsoft’s run-in with the US Department of Justice when it closed an important case against the software giant at the end of November.

MTV must supply information

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At a preliminary hearing in the UK High Court last month, Vice Chancellor Sir Peter Scott dismissed music video company MTV Europe’s argument that they should not have to supply an alleged cartel with confidential information, which MTV alleged would in itself be contrary to Article 85.

New blood at Italian agency

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Italian competition bureau, the Autorita Garente now has two candidates ready to succeed former head Juliano Amato.

Germany deals blow to predatory pricing

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The German government approved plans last month to allow anonymous tip-offs to cartel authorities as part of its programme to overhaul cartel law.

Japanese FTC commissioner joins firm

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Former Japanese Fair Trade Commissioner Kunpei Sato has joined Tokyo firm Nishimura & Partners.

Canada to authorise phonetapping

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The Canadian government plans to introduce telephone-tapping measures to help catch perpetrators of price-fixing, bid-rigging and fraudulent telemarketing.

Fiesole to go annual

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The International Bar Association’s seminar on the future of merger control in Europe, held in September at the European Institute in Fiesole, was so successful that Committee C, the IBA’s section on antitrust and trade law, which organised the forum, has decided to make it an annual event.

Beckett approves P&O/ Stena deal

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UK trade secretary Margaret Beckett has approved the P&O/Stena Line ferry merger despite concern from European Commissioner Karel van Miert and UK Director General of Fair Trading John Bridgeman, who favoured complete prohibition in the public interest.

Teutonic law firms cross the divide

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European merger mayhem has spread to law firms as the first German/Austrian cross-border law firm merger was announced. Leading German business firm Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, with 209 lawyers, and Austria’s second largest firm, Heller Löber Bahn & Partners, with 60 lawyers, will merge on 1 January 1998, creating the strongest law firm in the German-speaking area of the EU.