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Jon Lawrence to leave Freshfields

Jon Lawrence to leave Freshfields

17 July 2017

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer global antitrust litigation head Jon Lawrence, one of London’s most prolific defence-side antitrust litigators, will become a barrister at Brick Court Chambers next year.

Qualcomm loses bid for injunction at EU General Court

Qualcomm loses bid for injunction at EU General Court

17 July 2017

An EU judge has refused to suspend a European Commission decision potentially exposing Qualcomm to €580,000 daily fines if it does not comply with a request for information necessary for a predatory pricing investigation of the chipmaker.

DG Comp issues fresh pay-for-delay charge

DG Comp issues fresh pay-for-delay charge

17 July 2017

The EU’s competition watchdog has accused drugmaker Teva and subsidiary Cephalon – a former rival – of signing an illegal patent settlement in which Teva agreed to delay the entry of a generic sleep disorder drug.

South Africa fines chemical manufacturers

South Africa fines chemical manufacturers

14 July 2017

The Competition Commission of South Africa has reached a settlement agreement with two chemical manufacturers after the companies admitted to price fixing and market division.

Egyptian enforcer voids beIN Sports contracts

Egyptian enforcer voids beIN Sports contracts

14 July 2017

Egypt’s Competition Authority has declared a contract between Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports and Cable Network Egypt invalid, after finding beIN sports abused its dominant position in the market for broadcasting football matches.

Canada warns on superclusters

14 July 2017

Canada’s Competition Bureau has issued guidance on a C$950 million (€653 million) government initiative to foster innovation and competition in key sectors, hoping to steer away from potentially anticompetitive conduct businesses that are working together.

Senior Mexican enforcer joins Creel

Senior Mexican enforcer joins Creel

14 July 2017

Carlos Mena Labarthe yesterday joined Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez in Mexico City as a partner, after leaving his role as head of investigations and enforcement at Mexico’s competition authority.

French court rules on confidentiality in settlements

French court rules on confidentiality in settlements

13 July 2017

A French court has rejected Direct Energie’s request to access confidential documents relating to a €100 million Engie settlement agreement with France’s competition watchdog, and ruled that documents used in settlement procedures must remain confidential.

Dutch enforcer probes alleged shipping fuel cartel

Dutch enforcer probes alleged shipping fuel cartel

13 July 2017

The Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers and Markets is investigating possible collusion by shipping fuel companies, after receiving “valuable information” from the country’s criminal prosecutors, police force and other sources.

Germany settles automobile heat shields cartel

Germany settles automobile heat shields cartel

13 July 2017

Germany’s competition authority has ordered companies that had colluded to pass on the prices of a component part for automobile engine heat shields to car manufacturer Volkswagen to pay €9.6 million in fines.