Advocate-General Henrik Øe has urged the European Court of Justice to rule in favour of a decision to fine Roche and Novartis for colluding to induce consumers to use a more expensive drug rather than a cheaper off-label alternative, and to confirm the Italian competition enforcer's finding of a by-object restriction of competition.
Portugal's competition agency has accepted commitments from a credit providers' association, following suspicions that information exchanges from some of its members could harm competition in the country's specialised credit sector.
New Zealand has enacted legislation that allows the country's enforcer to authorise potentially anticompetitive agreements, and enhances its power to tackle problematic mergers.
Antitrust experts are asking what a decision by the Supreme Court in the American Express case could mean for other two-sided markets such as Uber and Facebook.
The Department of Justice’s antitrust division last week requested information from the Federal Communications Commission that could help the competition enforcer determine relevant market shares in the telecommunications industry.
As the debate over internet regulation rages on, automated data processing systems in the online retail sector have received surprisingly little coverage. From Amazon to Skyscanner, price comparison softwares have become expected and even integral to modern living. But with the ease provided by the increasingly ubiquitous software has also come an easier pathway to collusion, and difficulties with regards to its prosecution.
Etienne Pfister, chief economist at France’s Competition Authority, said more empirical evidence is needed to determine whether and how the use of online pricing algorithms could potentially violate competition law, and warned regulation and oversight of such pricing programs will be costly. Janith Aranze at GCR Live 6th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in Brussels
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