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US DOJ won’t limit cartel fight to “smoking gun,” official says

US DOJ won’t limit cartel fight to “smoking gun,” official says

28 March 2017

Recent court decisions referring to foreign-based cartels that “target” the US will not keep the US Department of Justice from prosecuting price fixing on a broader basis, a senior official at the DOJ’s antitrust division said today.

Intel could complicate EU cartel enforcement, says Coates

Intel could complicate EU cartel enforcement, says Coates

28 March 2017

Former European Commission cartel enforcer Kevin Coates said today that if the European Court of Justice follows all aspects of the advocate-general’s opinion, Intel’s appeal against its abuse of dominance fine could affect the EU’s prosecution of international cartels.

Indonesian antitrust reforms in sight, but hurdles remain

Indonesian antitrust reforms in sight, but hurdles remain

03 March 2017

The time may finally be right to amend Indonesia’s 18-year-old antitrust law, but shifts in the competition authority’s membership and a national election have set difficult and rapidly approaching deadlines to make those changes happen.

New Chinese merger probe may test big data issues

New Chinese merger probe may test big data issues

03 March 2017

China is carefully weighing how to approach potential competition issues in big data and online platform services in which the primary product is ostensibly free for consumers, a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce said today.

US will suffer in any trade war, ASEAN enforcers warn

US will suffer in any trade war, ASEAN enforcers warn

02 March 2017

While the US and some European countries seem to be shunning free trade agreements, senior competition officials from multiple Asian countries say they will continue to push for global trade regardless of their western counterparts.

Malaysia central bank chastises MyCC for auto insurance case

Malaysia central bank chastises MyCC for auto insurance case

02 March 2017

The central bank of Malaysia yesterday lashed out at the country’s competition authority, claiming it overstepped its bounds and undermined consumers by charging nearly two dozen automotive insurance companies with breaking competition law.

DG Comp official distinguishes Microsoft from Google

DG Comp official distinguishes Microsoft from Google

10 February 2017

The issue of access to crucial interoperability information that is protected intellectual property, on which the European Commission’s case against Microsoft turned, is not “in any way relevant” to its case against Google, a head of unit in the enforcer’s policy and strategy directorate said last week.

CADE culture doesn’t allow political interference, commissioner says

CADE culture doesn’t allow political interference, commissioner says

10 February 2017

A member of the administrative tribunal for Brazil’s competition enforcer last week said it has maintained mechanisms that free it from inappropriate public interest considerations.

“Threatened trade wars” lead ABA to examine public interest

“Threatened trade wars” lead ABA to examine public interest

06 February 2017

The American Bar Association’s antitrust section is adding two new task forces to address concerns about the inclusion of public interest considerations in competition enforcement and the divergence in international standards regarding abuse of dominance.

Brexit may raise CMA’s merger workload by 50%, Coscelli says

Brexit may raise CMA’s merger workload by 50%, Coscelli says

06 February 2017

The acting head of the UK’s competition authority says the loss of a “one-stop shop” for deals will increase the agency’s merger reviews by up to 50%, but is optimistic that relationships with other antitrust enforcers around the world will continue to develop even after the UK leaves the European Union. Alex Wilts at GCR Live in Miami