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South Africa settles media price-fixing case

South Africa settles media price-fixing case

25 May 2017

A South African company that sells airtime on TV channels today agreed to pay 22.3 million rand (€1.54 million) to settle allegations it colluded on prices and discounts being offered to advertisers.

Irish Supreme Court upholds litigation funding ban

Irish Supreme Court upholds litigation funding ban

24 May 2017

Observers say an affirmation by the Supreme Court of Ireland of third-party funding's illegality is unlikely to affect the country’s attractiveness as a forum for follow-on antitrust litigation.

Zimbabwe to amend competition law

Zimbabwe to amend competition law

24 May 2017

Zimbabwe’s cabinet plans to amend the country’s merger control regime and set out clear rules on cartel enforcement and public procurement.

US FTC commissioners diverge on algorithms

US FTC commissioners diverge on algorithms

24 May 2017

Acting US Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said yesterday that the American antitrust agencies are well-equipped to deal with potentially anticompetitive algorithms and said some concerns about their use are “alarmist” – a more relaxed perspective than that offered by Democratic commissioner Terrell McSweeny the day before.

FTC commissioners diverge on algorithms

FTC commissioners diverge on algorithms

GCR USA - 24 May 2017

Acting Federal Trade Commission chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said yesterday that the American antitrust agencies are well-equipped to deal with potentially anticompetitive algorithms and said some concerns about their use are “alarmist” – a more relaxed perspective than that offered by Democratic commissioner Terrell McSweeny the day before.

Judge denies injunction request in ATM fees case

Judge denies injunction request in ATM fees case

GCR USA - 24 May 2017

A federal court judge has denied a group of ATM operators’ attempt to control the fees Visa and Mastercard charge ATM owners that have allegedly driven many independent cash point operators out of business.

Robot wars: The Tipline for 24 May 2017

GCR USA - 24 May 2017

Today we have coverage of divergent views within the Federal Trade Commission about how well-equipped antitrust enforcers currently are for dealing with the rise of algorithms, many of which make thousands of decisions – sometimes coordinated – faster than a human can count to 10.

French court quashes dawn raid

French court quashes dawn raid

23 May 2017

France’s top court has ruled that antitrust investigators breached Samsung Electronics’ defence rights during 2013 dawn raids, but separately upheld inspections of Darty and Electrolux during the same investigation of appliance makers and distributors.

Swiss watchdog issues second-ever merger block

Swiss watchdog issues second-ever merger block

23 May 2017

Switzerland’s competition watchdog has prevented a planned tie-up of Ticketcorner and Starticket, after finding the deal would harm competition in the market for ticket resales.

CMA hits Merck for discounts

CMA hits Merck for discounts

23 May 2017

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that Merck Sharp & Dohme used discounts to restrict competition from biosimilar versions of its drug Remicade.