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Malta imposes interim measures on insurers

Malta imposes interim measures on insurers

20 September 2017

Malta's competition authority is requiring four insurance companies to alter their behaviour following suspicions of anticompetitive conduct, marking the first time the enforcer has issued interim measures since Malta revised its competition act in 2011.

FTC commissioner dissents from Walgreens/Rite Aid clearance

FTC commissioner dissents from Walgreens/Rite Aid clearance

GCR USA - 20 September 2017

The remaining Democrat on the Federal Trade Commission has voiced her opposition to allowing Walgreens Boots Alliance's acquisition of 1,932 Rite Aid stores without further investigation, arguing the tie-up could lead to higher drug prices and fewer options for consumers.

Centre doesn't hold: The Tipline for 20 September 2017

GCR USA - 20 September 2017

The big antitrust news yesterday was not so much that the Federal Trade Commission is allowing the timing agreement for Walgreens' slimmed-down acquisition of Rite Aid stores to end without taking action; from what we hear, the companies' new strategy was just to ask the agency, "What locations are you OK with?" However, Democratic appointee Terrell McSweeny issued a statement of disagreement, indicating that the two commissioners split on this outcome - which runs contrary to the predictions of former agency heads at a recent GCR Live.

Canada to develop big data policy

Canada to develop big data policy

19 September 2017

Canada's antitrust enforcer has drawn a clear line between competition law and "populist calls" to break up big data players or adopt interventionist regulations, and released a draft white paper laying out the challenges big data could present to the agency.

Proposed Google remedies unlikely to satisfy rivals

Proposed Google remedies unlikely to satisfy rivals

19 September 2017

Google's proposal to alter its search engine results to address the European Commission's abuse of dominance decision has sparked opposition from complainants.

Vestager proposes external panel to advise on antitrust

Vestager proposes external panel to advise on antitrust

19 September 2017

The European Commission's commissioner for competition has said that she wants to set up a panel of experts from outside the commission to foster a "competition of ideas" about how to enforce antitrust law in rapidly changing markets.

Judge finds AbbVie pursued objectively baseless litigation

Judge finds AbbVie pursued objectively baseless litigation

GCR USA - 19 September 2017

A federal judge has agreed with the Federal Trade Commission that AbbVie and Besins Healthcare pursued "objectively baseless" litigation when they sued rival drugmakers in an apparent attempt to delay the Federal Drug Administration's approval of generic versions to AndroGel.

We are not doing Talk Like A Pirate Day: The Tipline for 19 September 2017

GCR USA - 19 September 2017

Check out today's tipline for a dose of Margrethe Vestager, AbbVie and the return of Cadwalader.

Google lawyer praises IP limitations 

Google lawyer praises IP limitations 

18 September 2017

Limitations placed on copyright protections have allowed online technology companies to infuse markets with the kind of economic benefits associated with robust competition, Google's lead competition lawyer said last week.

Israel considers creating class action court

Israel considers creating class action court

18 September 2017

Israel's Antitrust Authority and the country's justice ministry may nominate a Jerusalem court to handle all antitrust class action lawsuits.