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US DOJ: challenged nuclear waste deal is horizontal

24 April 2017

In opening statements at trial today, the US Department of Justice said an incumbent nuclear waste disposal company was acquiring an aggressive direct rival – but the defendant companies claimed the target is no substitute for the buyer, and is on the brink of liquidation.

Italian court quashes banking cartel decision

24 April 2017

An Italian court has overturned a decision by Italy’s Antitrust Authority that a network of Raiffeisen bank branches and two cooperative trade associations had rigged mortgage rates in Bolzano and Trento, after finding the organisations were not competitors.

BLP grows in Moscow

BLP grows in Moscow

24 April 2017

Vitaly Dianov has been elected to the partnership at Berwin Leighton Paisner’s Russian practice Goltsblat BLP.

DG Comp official weighs in on forthcoming telecoms significant market power guidelines

24 April 2017

An EU competition official today said DG Connect’s upcoming guidance to national telecommunications regulators on how to assess significant market power should stay aligned with DG Comp’s approach to collective dominance. Sonya Lalli in Berlin

Libor judge bashes plaintiffs’ “rather extraordinary motions”

Libor judge bashes plaintiffs’ “rather extraordinary motions”

GCR USA - 24 April 2017

A Manhattan federal judge last week dismissed several requests made by plaintiffs pursuing damages for Libor manipulation, but did allow them to add new allegations to support their claim of a relationship between the benchmark and a derivative.

Midway between New York and DC: The Tipline for 24 April 2017

GCR USA - 24 April 2017

We’re reporting from the Delaware federal courthouse in downtown Wilmington this morning, as the Department of Justice faces off against the top-flight litigators hired to defend the merger of two companies that dispose of radioactive waste. Watch for coverage of opening statements in the GCR briefing this afternoon. In other news, Libor plaintiffs have been grudgingly granted one point on which to re-plead; Becton Dickinson is buying Bard but could have an old opponent reviewing the deal; and third-party presidential candidates are still arguing that their exclusion from debates is an antitrust problem.

GSMA official: DG Comp initially unsure if Android was 101 or 102 case

24 April 2017

The head of competition at the Global System for Mobile Association today said the enforcer was initially unclear as it assessed the Google Android case, and was “not ready” to deal with data concerns surrounding Facebook/WhatsApp. Sonya Lalli in Berlin

FCA investigates information exchange

FCA investigates information exchange

21 April 2017

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority raided several insurance brokers earlier this month, marking the sector regulator’s first antitrust investigation to reach such an advanced stage.

Chinese steelmakers argue for application of antitrust standards

Chinese steelmakers argue for application of antitrust standards

21 April 2017

A US trade regulator sought guidance yesterday on whether a complainant against Chinese steelmakers must show antitrust injury from an alleged price-fixing scheme, and at least two commissioners indicated that they saw no such requirement in the law.

Austria fines power tool maker

Austria fines power tool maker

21 April 2017

Austria’s Cartel Court has ruled that Makita must pay €1.56 million for 13 years' worth of anticompetitive conduct, during which time the power tool manufacturer negotiated resale prices with retailers and imposed a ban on parallel trade of its products.