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DG Comp and Germany probing possible German car collusion

DG Comp and Germany probing possible German car collusion

24 July 2017

The European Commission and Germany's competition enforcer have confirmed they are reviewing information that suggests BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler colluded to restrain the price of crucial emissions technology.

IMS Health agrees commitments with Spanish enforcer

IMS Health agrees commitments with Spanish enforcer

24 July 2017

Spain's competition authority has approved commitments proposed by US healthcare company IMS Health following an investigation over allegedly illegal clauses in the company's contracts.

Defendants will be "throwing their arms around" US Libor ruling

Defendants will be "throwing their arms around" US Libor ruling

24 July 2017

Former prosecutors say the US Department of Justice must step up cooperation with foreign authorities, after a federal appeals court overturned the conviction of two former Rabobank traders whose rights against self-incrimination were violated when compelled UK testimony was used against them.

Swedish court dismisses follow-on damages claim

Swedish court dismisses follow-on damages claim

24 July 2017

An appeals court in Sweden has ruled that a telecommunications operator is no longer liable to pay €8.7 million in damages to a competitor, stating that although Telia did abuse its dominance, its behaviour did not harm the complainant.

Louisiana repeals rule in the face of FTC challenge

Louisiana repeals rule in the face of FTC challenge

GCR USA - 24 July 2017

The governor of Louisiana has issued an executive order that effectively repeals a rule - dictating how much appraisal management companies pay real estate appraisers - that the Federal Trade Commission had challenged as anticompetitive.

Bass Pro/Cabela's: a case study of competitive retail mergers

Bass Pro/Cabela's: a case study of competitive retail mergers

GCR USA - 24 July 2017

On 3 July 2017, the Federal Trade Commission issued a no-action letter officially closing its investigation into the proposed merger of Bass Pro Group and Cabela's, two premier outdoor sporting goods retailers. O'Melveny & Myers's Ted Hassi and Lindsey Freeman were antitrust counsel to Bass Pro, and detail how the FTC's decision reflects a recent trend in antitrust enforcement agencies' approach to retail mergers.

Convincing the FTC to close: The Tipline for 24 July 2017

GCR USA - 24 July 2017

In Washington, DC, we are officially more than halfway through the dog days of summer - the days between 3 July and 11 August when Sirius rises around the same time as the sun. Today's briefing covers how the stars aligned to get the merger of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's through the Federal Trade Commission; and how one state regulatory board hopes a change in law will end the agency's case against the board's enforcement.

UK court rejects class action against MasterCard

UK court rejects class action against MasterCard

21 July 2017

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused to grant a collective proceedings order for a £14 billion opt-out class action against MasterCard, holding that the determination of payments to individual victims is "impossible".

Argentina issues draft merger guidelines

Argentina issues draft merger guidelines

21 July 2017

Argentina's National Commission for the Defence of Competition this week released a draft version of its new merger control guidelines, to better explain how the commission will analyse deals' potential competitive impact.

GCR to host second state aid conference

21 July 2017

Gert Jan Koopman, the European Commission's deputy director-general for state aid, will deliver the keynote address at GCR Live 2nd Annual State Aid in Brussels on 26 September.