Joint Conduct

GSK lawyer: CMA paroxetine decision was “overreach”

GSK lawyer: CMA paroxetine decision was “overreach”

27 February 2017

The UK’s antitrust watchdog was wrong to paint patent settlements between GlaxoSmithKline and two generic drugmakers as an illegal pay-for-delay scheme, counsel to the pharmaceutical company told the Competition Appeal Tribunal today.

CAT panel questions GSK counsel on by-object restrictions

27 February 2017

A lawyer acting for GlaxoSmithKline today argued that the company’s patent settlements with two generic drugmakers cannot be painted as by-object restrictions of competition – but faced questions on his approach by members of the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

GSK and generic drugmakers prepare for marathon CMA court fight

GSK and generic drugmakers prepare for marathon CMA court fight

24 February 2017

Six companies are set to begin a marathon five-week appeal against the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s first pay-for-delay decision.

DG Comp investigation could reset dynamic between airlines and suppliers

DG Comp investigation could reset dynamic between airlines and suppliers

23 February 2017

If the European Commission decides to charge airline equipment manufacturers with violating competition law, it could help reset the dynamic between airlines and equipment suppliers, a lawyer acting on the case said yesterday.

Interchange fees must be lower, says Mauritian watchdog

Interchange fees must be lower, says Mauritian watchdog

20 February 2017

The Competition Commission of Mauritius’ investigative branch has recommended that credit and debit card interchange fees within the jurisdiction should be lowered to promote competition.

Interim remedies back on the table in the UK

Interim remedies back on the table in the UK

30 January 2017

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is looking into ordering interim remedies in an ongoing case.

Amazon offers to settle EU e-books probe

Amazon offers to settle EU e-books probe

24 January 2017

Amazon has proposed voluntary commitments to the European Commission to settle an investigation into the company’s contracts with publishers.

Poland fines hygiene products maker for RPM

Poland fines hygiene products maker for RPM

24 January 2017

Poland’s competition enforcer has imposed a 3.2 million zloty (€720,000) fine on SCA Hygiene Products for engaging in resale price maintenance, and smaller penalties on several of SCA’s distributors, after one distributor applied for leniency.

Canada agrees second round of e-books settlements

Canada agrees second round of e-books settlements

20 January 2017

Three publishers and Apple have agreed to alter their contracts with e-book retailers following a settlement with Canada’s Competition Bureau, marking the second time that the enforcer has entered consent agreements in a bid to alter practices on the e-book market.

CMA charges laundry cartel

CMA charges laundry cartel

20 January 2017

Based on information gathered in a routine merger review, the UK’s competition watchdog today said a joint laundry business venture inadvertently broke competition law after it was found to have entered into an alleged market-sharing agreement.

Flynn counsel to CAT: suspend “unworkable” CMA decision

Flynn counsel to CAT: suspend “unworkable” CMA decision

17 January 2017

A decision ordering Flynn Pharma to alter its allegedly excessive pricing of epilepsy drug phenytoin would irreparably harm the company, counsel to the drug distributor told the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal today.

Israel should boost defence rights, ABA says

Israel should boost defence rights, ABA says

16 January 2017

The American Bar Association’s antitrust and international law sections last week said Israel’s Antitrust Authority should bolster the rights of defendants in its investigations.