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UK consults on Better Markets Bill

UK consults on Better Markets Bill

01 June 2016

The UK government is consulting on a series of proposals that could quicken the pace of the Competition and Markets Authority’s Phase II investigations and change the composition of its decision-making panel.

JFTC official: companies’ market strategies limit convergence

JFTC official: companies’ market strategies limit convergence

Premium 17 May 2016

Competition authorities’ efforts to adopt similar rules can be hamstrung by differing economic realities, a senior official from Japan’s Fair Trade Commission said today. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live in Seoul

In-house counsel argue over effectiveness of IEEE policy

In-house counsel argue over effectiveness of IEEE policy

Premium 21 April 2016

The year-old patent policy set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has had anticompetitive effects, a former Federal Trade Commission intellectual property counsel said yesterday. Charles McConnell at GCR Live: IP & Antitrust

Singapore throws book at financial advisers

Singapore throws book at financial advisers

Premium 17 March 2016

Singapore’s competition watchdog has fined financial advisory consultancies after they forced a rival to stop offering discount rebates on competing life insurance products, handing down its first infringement decision in a year.

First opt-out class action launched in the UK

First opt-out class action launched in the UK

Premium 08 March 2016

A pensioners’ association has begun the UK’s first ever opt-out class action, seeking compensation from a mobility scooter manufacturer that breached the country’s competition rules – a case practitioners say will be closely watched by London’s antitrust bar.

Dodoo: “some latitude” needed in Asia on information exchange

Dodoo: “some latitude” needed in Asia on information exchange

Premium 03 March 2016

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer China antitrust co-head Ninette Dodoo today argued that in the Asian context, information exchange should be distinguished from anti-competitive activities. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live in Singapore

MasterCard beats interchange fees investigation

MasterCard beats interchange fees investigation

Premium 01 March 2016

Italy’s Antitrust Authority was wrong to conclude that MasterCard infringed competition law by setting minimum interchange fees and concluding vertical licensing agreements with banks approving those fees, Italy’s top administrative court has ruled.

DG Comp publishes liner shipping commitments

DG Comp publishes liner shipping commitments

Premium 16 February 2016

Europe’s competition watchdog today announced a market test of commitments proposed by liner shipping companies, marking a possible end to the enforcer’s controversial price signalling investigation within the next few months.

CMA imposes record high fine in first pay-for-delay case

CMA imposes record high fine in first pay-for-delay case

Premium 12 February 2016

Following a five-year investigation, the UK’s competition watchdog today fined GlaxoSmithKline and other pharmaceutical companies £45 million (€58 million) for their agreement to hold off on the sale of generic versions of a GSK drug. 

German court ruling on resellers contradicts Bundeskartellamt

German court ruling on resellers contradicts Bundeskartellamt

Premium 05 January 2016

Manufacturers can impose restrictions on distributors to prevent them reselling their products on third-party retail websites such as Amazon Marketplace, without falling afoul of competition law, a court in Germany has said.