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Altice faces third non-compliance penalty

Altice faces third non-compliance penalty

18 May 2017

The European Commission has accused Altice of gun-jumping when it acquired Portugal Telecom – in what appears to be the third case against the Dutch company for allegedly breaching merger control rules.

CMA to continue focus on digital markets and pharmaceuticals

18 May 2017

The enforcement chief of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority today said there are obvious public benefits to focusing on digital and pharmaceutical markets.

UK air cargo judge sets roadmap for DG Comp decision disclosure

18 May 2017

Mrs Justice Vivien Rose today agreed to ask the European Commission to disclose a provisional non-confidential version of its re-adopted air cargo cartel decision.

Whish: There may not be need for section 60 provision

18 May 2017

UK competition law may be able to exist after Brexit without a provision that obligates national courts and authorities to act consistently with European Court of Justice decisions, Richard Whish QC said today.

ECJ should deny CRT cartel appeals, AG Szpunar says

ECJ should deny CRT cartel appeals, AG Szpunar says

18 May 2017

An advocate-general at the Court of Justice has recommended that LG Electronics and Philips be held liable for their now-defunct joint venture implicated in the cathode ray tube cartels – even though the European Commission failed to send the joint venture a statement of objections during the antitrust investigation.

Korea nominates new antitrust head

Korea nominates new antitrust head

17 May 2017

Korea’s new president today nominated economist and corporate reform activist, Kim Sang-jo, to head the country’s Fair Trade Commission.

DG Comp entitled to reject Polish complaint, says General Court

17 May 2017

The European Commission acted legally when it dropped an investigation of alleged EU competition law breaches in Poland and Austria, the General Court ruled yesterday – adding that the complainants that tried to spark the case could have resorted to private enforcement instead.

French court shrinks Orange damages payout

French court shrinks Orange damages payout

17 May 2017

The Paris Court of Appeal yesterday cut the damages owed by Orange’s Caribbean subsidiary to a regional competitor by two thirds, marking a rare example of a follow-on claim reaching France’s appeal courts.

DG Comp conditionally clears Broadcom/Brocade

DG Comp conditionally clears Broadcom/Brocade

16 May 2017

The European Commission last week approved semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom’s US$5.9 billion acquisition of networking product supplier Brocade, subject to interoperability and confidentiality commitments.

Mexican enforcer fines Panasonic and Ficosa for failure to notify

Mexican enforcer fines Panasonic and Ficosa for failure to notify

16 May 2017

Mexico’s competition enforcer has ordered Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic and Spanish auto parts manufacturer Ficosa to pay 56.2 million pesos (€2.7 million) for failing to notify a deal that cleared its merger thresholds.