GCR Live

DG Comp takes permissive approach to selective distribution agreements, says official

DG Comp takes permissive approach to selective distribution agreements, says official

08 June 2017

The head of the European Commission’s digital single market task force says the EU antitrust enforcer takes a “permissive” approach to selective distribution agreements, and reiterated its support of Coty’s stance at the European Court of Justice.

Incentives in big data deals need to be examined, DG Comp official says

Incentives in big data deals need to be examined, DG Comp official says

07 June 2017

European Commission information, communication and media director Guillaume Loriot says competition policy must not discourage the use of big data, but must “carefully” assess it in merger control.

Compliance programmes useful in civil claims, plaintiff's lawyer says

07 June 2017

Plaintiffs can use a company’s antitrust compliance programme as evidence against it in civil litigation regardless whether employees understand or adhere to policy, a top plaintiff’s lawyer said yesterday.

Lipsky: Maximising value remains US antitrust goal

Lipsky: Maximising value remains US antitrust goal

06 June 2017

The acting director of the US Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition says the agency’s two sitting commissioners agree on the fundamental principles of antitrust, which he said were to maximise economic output.

Qualcomm GC: defence rights abroad are poor

Qualcomm GC: defence rights abroad are poor

06 June 2017

Qualcomm’s general counsel has said the company faces “copycat proceedings” around the world from government agencies that fail to adhere to US procedural standards, but noted that he is engaged with the US Federal Trade Commission’s new leadership as the enforcer pursues the company.

Senior DG Comp official to headline GCR Live Brussels

15 May 2017

European Commission basic industries unit head Paul Csiszár will deliver a keynote at GCR Live in Brussels in July, headlining two days of discussion with leading enforcers, academics, lawyers and economists.

FTC and New York antitrust chiefs headline GCR Live Litigation

FTC and New York antitrust chiefs headline GCR Live Litigation

02 May 2017

Two of the top competition enforcers in the US – Tad Lipsky from the Federal Trade Commission and Beau Buffier from the New York attorney general’s office – will kick off and wrap up GCR Live’s third annual US litigation conference in New York next month.

Spratling: Leniency is not invulnerable

Spratling: Leniency is not invulnerable

29 March 2017

The former head of criminal antitrust enforcement at the US Department of Justice expressed grave doubts yesterday about the state of the world’s leniency programmes, and suggested steps that all sides of cartel cases should take to help stabilise a system now seen as crucial to public and private antitrust enforcement.

Courts may dodge binding enforcement decisions

Courts may dodge binding enforcement decisions

29 March 2017

Two antitrust litigators said yesterday that EU member state judges could find ways to avoid provisions in the EU’s Damages Directive that are designed to make competition agencies’ decisions binding on courts.

Divergent enforcement standards are hurdles for in-house lawyers

Divergent enforcement standards are hurdles for in-house lawyers

29 March 2017

The differing standards in how competition authorities handle instances of information exchange and price signalling have created challenges for in-house counsel trying to structure compliance programmes at global companies.