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Germany blocks ticketing takeover

Germany blocks ticketing takeover

24 November 2017

Germany’s competition enforcer has blocked online ticket seller CTS Eventim’s proposed acquisition of concert agency Four Artists, following concerns the deal could prevent rival ticketing systems from selling the agency’s tickets.

Australian tribunal clears Tabcorp/Tatts again

Australian tribunal clears Tabcorp/Tatts again

24 November 2017

Australia’s Competition Tribunal has cleared betting company Tabcorp’s A$7.7 billion (€4.92 billion) of rival Tatts for a second time, after an appeals court ordered it to reconsider its first authorisation decision.

COFECE challenges Mexico’s government

COFECE challenges Mexico’s government

24 November 2017

Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice will determine whether the Federal Economic Competition Commission can unilaterally regulate essential services, after the government’s executive branch ignored measures the antitrust enforcer recommended to deal with allegedly anticompetitive airport slot allocation.

ECJ: EU commitments don't block national scrutiny

ECJ: EU commitments don't block national scrutiny

23 November 2017

Conduct that has led to the European Commission accepting commitments can still give rise to parallel national investigations, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Cornerstone grows in London

Cornerstone grows in London

23 November 2017

Cornerstone Research has added two new principals to its European practice with Maria Maher and Vivek Mani both joining the consultancy’s London office.

French enforcer aims to shake up pharma market

French enforcer aims to shake up pharma market

23 November 2017

France’s antitrust agency has launched a second inquiry of the national pharmaceutical market, after policymakers largely ignored its first round of recommendations intended to encourage liberalisation.

EU moves to ban “unjustified” online geo-blocking

EU moves to ban “unjustified” online geo-blocking

22 November 2017

A new EU regulation is set to ban online geo-blocking in certain circumstances, eight months after the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry found the practice is widespread across Europe.

Lawyers doubt AT&T lawsuit marks vertical merger policy shift

Lawyers doubt AT&T lawsuit marks vertical merger policy shift

22 November 2017

After decades of the US Department of Justice’s allowing companies that do not compete to merge with few obstacles, antitrust observers are skeptical that litigation to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner will pave the way for stricter vertical merger enforcement.

DG Comp punishes car safety equipment suppliers

DG Comp punishes car safety equipment suppliers

22 November 2017

The EU’s antitrust watchdog has ordered car safety equipment suppliers to pay €34 million in total for their involvement in cartels that rigged the price of seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to car manufacturers.

AG Bot says "risk of impunity" justifies Pisciotti extradition

AG Bot says "risk of impunity" justifies Pisciotti extradition

21 November 2017

The extradition of an Italian national to the US on criminal antitrust charges was justified because it prevented an individual from escaping punishment for illegal conduct, a European Court of Justice advocate-general has said.