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Portugal accepts information exchange commitments

Portugal accepts information exchange commitments

18 September 2017

Portugal's competition agency has accepted commitments from a credit providers' association, following suspicions that information exchanges from some of its members could harm competition in the country's specialised credit sector.

Spanish authority loses in court again

Spanish authority loses in court again

18 September 2017

Spain's National Court has overturned a decision by the country's antitrust enforcer to fine Repsol €22.6 million for a subsidiary's alleged activities, the third annulment of a competition authority decision in less than three months.

Democrats say merger bills strengthen antitrust enforcement

Democrats say merger bills strengthen antitrust enforcement

GCR USA - 18 September 2017

Legislation introduced in the Senate last week would require large companies to prove their deals are not materially anticompetitive, shifting the burden of proof from the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to the companies involved in mega-mergers.

Twitter rival sues Google for app exclusion

Twitter rival sues Google for app exclusion

GCR USA - 18 September 2017

In an antitrust complaint mixing claims of political discrimination and essential facilities, Gab has sued Google for refusing to allow the right-wing social network's app to be downloaded through the Android Play store.

Strange bedpersons: The Tipline for 18 September 2017

GCR USA - 18 September 2017

We would say that today is a much-needed break in the round of events - except we're off to see EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager this afternoon. In the meantime, catch up on Democrats' effort to bolster antitrust enforcement, and politically incorrect conservatives' effort to use antitrust against Google.

Laitenberger: Competition can promote economic fairness

15 September 2017

A top EU antitrust official today said antitrust enforcement has its limits, but that he and his peers must do all they can within those limits to ensure their work promotes economic and social fairness.

Laitenberger: damages directive effect on leniency applications "speculative"

Laitenberger: damages directive effect on leniency applications "speculative"

15 September 2017

The European Commission's top antitrust official has said cartelists who are slowed in applying for leniency by concern about private follow-on actions are setting themselves up for even greater damages claims.

ECJ denies LG and Philips cathode ray tube appeals

15 September 2017

The EU's top court has rejected cathode ray tube makers LG Electronics' and Philips Electronics' attempts to reduce fines they were ordered to pay for their role in the CRT cartel.

South African court overturns merger clearance

South African court overturns merger clearance

15 September 2017

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has quashed the Competition Commission's decision to approve a merger between two poultry suppliers, after finding the enforcer made factual errors in its assessment of the deal.

CADE annuls appointment of general superintendent

CADE annuls appointment of general superintendent

15 September 2017

Brazil's president Michel Temer has surprised local practitioners by annulling the appointment of Amanda Athayde Linhares Martins as general superintendent of the country's competition authority, and replacing her with current commissioner Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo.