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ECJ: EU commitments don't block national scrutiny

ECJ: EU commitments don't block national scrutiny

23 November 2017

Conduct that has led to the European Commission accepting commitments can still give rise to parallel national investigations, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

French enforcer aims to shake up pharma market

French enforcer aims to shake up pharma market

23 November 2017

France’s antitrust agency has launched a second inquiry of the national pharmaceutical market, after policymakers largely ignored its first round of recommendations intended to encourage liberalisation.

EU moves to ban “unjustified” online geo-blocking

EU moves to ban “unjustified” online geo-blocking

22 November 2017

A new EU regulation is set to ban online geo-blocking in certain circumstances, eight months after the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry found the practice is widespread across Europe.

Lawyers doubt AT&T lawsuit marks vertical merger policy shift

Lawyers doubt AT&T lawsuit marks vertical merger policy shift

22 November 2017

After decades of the US Department of Justice’s allowing companies that do not compete to merge with few obstacles, antitrust observers are skeptical that litigation to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner will pave the way for stricter vertical merger enforcement.

DG Comp punishes car safety equipment suppliers

DG Comp punishes car safety equipment suppliers

22 November 2017

The EU’s antitrust watchdog has ordered car safety equipment suppliers to pay €34 million in total for their involvement in cartels that rigged the price of seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to car manufacturers.

AG Bot says "risk of impunity" justifies Pisciotti extradition

AG Bot says "risk of impunity" justifies Pisciotti extradition

21 November 2017

The extradition of an Italian national to the US on criminal antitrust charges was justified because it prevented an individual from escaping punishment for illegal conduct, a European Court of Justice advocate-general has said.

CMA issues Concordia statement of objections

CMA issues Concordia statement of objections

21 November 2017

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has accused pharmaceutical company Concordia of overcharging the National Health Service and hiking the price of an essential drug by 6,000%.

Norton Rose Fulbright promotes in Sydney

Norton Rose Fulbright promotes in Sydney

21 November 2017

Norton Rose Fulbright has promoted Belinda Harvey to partner in the firm's Sydney office.

FTAIA bars DOJ forex prosecution, say defendants

FTAIA bars DOJ forex prosecution, say defendants

20 November 2017

Lawyers for traders accused of rigging foreign exchange rates last week told the Manhattan federal court that the US Department of Justice cannot pursue their “wholly foreign” alleged conduct, and that the alleged conduct was procompetitive information-sharing rather than a per se restriction of competition.

CADE assists state prosecutor in animal waste investigation

CADE assists state prosecutor in animal waste investigation

20 November 2017

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has conducted dawn raids as part of a state prosecutor’s investigation into a suspected animal waste cartel.