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Enforcers say more evidence needed on algorithms

Enforcers say more evidence needed on algorithms

07 June 2017

Etienne Pfister, chief economist at France’s Competition Authority, said more empirical evidence is needed to determine whether and how the use of online pricing algorithms could potentially violate competition law, and warned regulation and oversight of such pricing programs will be costly.

Cartes Bancaires doesn’t affect Servier, European Commission says

Cartes Bancaires doesn’t affect Servier, European Commission says

07 June 2017

Lawyers defending the European Commission insist that the European Court of Justice’s Cartes Bancaires judgment does not undermine the watchdog’s decision against Servier – but the pharmaceutical company’s lawyers say the precedent should be enough to overturn the finding that Server’s agreements with generic drugmakers were by-object restrictions of competition.

Servier: patent settlements were not by-object restrictions

06 June 2017

A lawyer for pharmaceutical company Servier said the EU’s antitrust watchdog incorrectly found that agreements delaying the entry of generic rivals to its cardiovascular drug perindopril were by-object restrictions.

Servier and DG Comp clash on defence rights

06 June 2017

The European Commission violated the defence rights of drugmaker Servier by insufficiently consulting with member states’ competition authorities and prejudging its pay-for-delay case against the company, lawyers for Servier argued today.

Servier to attack DG Comp decision

05 June 2017

Servier will this week challenge both substantively and procedurally a European Commission decision that painted the pharmaceutical company as a ringleader in a pay-for-delay scheme.

EU refrigerants complainant shifts focus

EU refrigerants complainant shifts focus

02 June 2017

Chemicals company Arkema has filed a new European Commission complaint against Honeywell in a push to gain fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory access to the company’s patents.

South Africa fines construction company

South Africa fines construction company

30 May 2017

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has fined construction company Giuricich Coastal Projects 900,000 rand (€6000) for collusive tendering – a fraction of the 8.6 million rand (€585,000) that the country’s antitrust enforcer had sought.

Canadian court rejects attempt to widen interchange fee litigation

Canadian court rejects attempt to widen interchange fee litigation

30 May 2017

A Canadian appeal court has rejected amendments to a pleading made by a class of merchants in interchange fee claims against Visa, MasterCard and several banks.

Cyprus fines banks €31 million over card payments

Cyprus fines banks €31 million over card payments

25 May 2017

Cyprus’s competition watchdog has ordered eight banks to pay a total of €31 million for abusing their dominant position in the country’s card payment market.

French court quashes dawn raid

French court quashes dawn raid

23 May 2017

France’s top court has ruled that antitrust investigators breached Samsung Electronics’ defence rights during 2013 dawn raids, but separately upheld inspections of Darty and Electrolux during the same investigation of appliance makers and distributors.