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Coty judgment backs luxury manufacturers

The EU’s highest court has ruled that selective distribution systems that aim to preserve products’ luxury image do not violate European antitrust law by restricting third-party online platform sales, and confirmed that platform bans are not hardcore restrictions of competition. 

Cyprus fines ExxonMobil and distributors for RPM

Judge stops CMA from using undisclosed evidence to defend Concordia warrant

Ukraine fines Sanofi-Aventis subsidiary for restrictive practices

States side with Seattle in Uber suit

Washington and several other states have asked an appellate court to uphold the dismissal of a complaint alleging that allowing for-hire drivers to bargain collectively is anticompetitive – arguing the regulation is immune from antitrust laws.

FTC’s Tronox lawsuit leans on Third Circuit price-fixing case

The Federal Trade Commission’s administrative complaint seeking to block Tronox’s purchase of Cristal’s titanium dioxide business leans on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s characterisation of the market for that chemical as an oligopoly.

Reviewing DG Comp’s recent investigative activity

Cornerstone Research London head Peter Davis and principal Maria Maher analyse patterns in the numbers of recent European Commission antitrust investigations – the apparent drop in cartel probes and the current flurry of investigations following the e-commerce sector inquiry.

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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