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New Zealand shakes up enforcement regime

New Zealand has enacted legislation that allows the country's enforcer to authorise potentially anticompetitive agreements, and enhances its power to tackle problematic mergers.

US FTC shuts down refrigerant investigation still pursued in EU

Canada tribunal rejects HarperCollins e-book challenge

Germany fines clothes maker and retailer for resale price maintenance

Settlement nixed and dismissal granted for Steel Dynamics

A federal judge in Illinois has declined to grant preliminary approval to a settlement between indirect purchasers and Steel Dynamics in an alleged price-fixing case, deciding instead to dismiss the company from the lawsuit, GCR USA has learned. 

Third Circuit upholds Wellbutrin dismissal

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has released its reasons for backing a lower court's grant of summary judgment in the Wellbutrin XL antitrust litigation. 

Robot collusion and the future of online marketplaces

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.

Enforcers say more evidence needed on algorithms

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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