GCR Live

Whish urges restraint on algorithmic collusion

Whish urges restraint on algorithmic collusion

05 July 2017

King’s College London emeritus professor Richard Whish QC today largely dismissed the potential need for a new model of competition law to deal with algorithmic collusion, arguing that its effects differ little from other traditional tools used for cartel agreements.

No shift in excessive pricing policy, says DG Comp official

No shift in excessive pricing policy, says DG Comp official

04 July 2017

A senior official at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition today stressed the small number of excessive pricing cases the EU enforcer has pursued, and said there is “no sign” that stance will change.

Van Gerven: “fairness” in DG Comp enforcement needs explanation

Van Gerven: “fairness” in DG Comp enforcement needs explanation

04 July 2017

The EU’s competition watchdog needs to better explain what “fairness” in competition means, antitrust veteran Gerwin Van Gerven said today.

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.