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DG Comp official weighs in on forthcoming telecoms significant market power guidelines

24 April 2017

An EU competition official today said DG Connect’s upcoming guidance to national telecommunications regulators on how to assess significant market power should stay aligned with DG Comp’s approach to collective dominance. Sonya Lalli in Berlin

GSMA official: DG Comp initially unsure if Android was 101 or 102 case

24 April 2017

The head of competition at the Global System for Mobile Association today said the enforcer was initially unclear as it assessed the Google Android case, and was “not ready” to deal with data concerns surrounding Facebook/WhatsApp. Sonya Lalli in Berlin

FCA investigates information exchange

FCA investigates information exchange

21 April 2017

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority raided several insurance brokers earlier this month, marking the sector regulator’s first antitrust investigation to reach such an advanced stage.

Chinese steelmakers argue for application of antitrust standards

Chinese steelmakers argue for application of antitrust standards

21 April 2017

A US trade regulator sought guidance yesterday on whether a complainant against Chinese steelmakers must show antitrust injury from an alleged price-fixing scheme, and at least two commissioners indicated that they saw no such requirement in the law.

Austria fines power tool maker

Austria fines power tool maker

21 April 2017

Austria’s Cartel Court has ruled that Makita must pay €1.56 million for 13 years' worth of anticompetitive conduct, during which time the power tool manufacturer negotiated resale prices with retailers and imposed a ban on parallel trade of its products.

Allen & Overy promotes in London

21 April 2017

Allen & Overy has promoted Dominic Long to partner, effective 1 May.

Retailers drop UK MasterCard case

Retailers drop UK MasterCard case

20 April 2017

Six retailers have chosen not to appeal against a trial court ruling earlier this year that rejected their pursuit of damages from MasterCard over its multilateral interchange fees.

DG Comp closes biofuel investigation

DG Comp closes biofuel investigation

20 April 2017

Europe’s competition watchdog has closed a preliminary investigation of possible price-fixing and market division by biofuel producers.

Canadian court puts e-books appeal on hold

Canadian court puts e-books appeal on hold

20 April 2017

Canada’s Federal Court yesterday stayed Kobo’s application for a judicial review of the second round of Competition Bureau e-book settlements, in order to let the country’s specialist competition tribunal rule on whether Canada has jurisdiction over the alleged e-book price-fixing.

Lipsky outlines principles for US FTC reforms

Lipsky outlines principles for US FTC reforms

19 April 2017

The acting director of the US Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition today said the agency’s new initiative to reform its processes will keep investigations closely tied to economic theories of harm, while taking advantage of existing practices for review of staff work.