Unilateral Conduct

BMW import ban was by-object restriction, Swiss Supreme Court confirms

Car manufacturer BMW has lost its appeal against a decision that ordered it to pay 157 million francs (€130 million) for restricting parallel imports, after Switzerland’s highest court confirmed the company’s import ban was anticompetitive regardless of its effect on the Swiss car retail market.

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

France accepts commitments from Schneider Electric

Swedish authority shuts down investigation following lack of evidence

Delrahim stakes out position against behavioural remedies

The chief of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has said the agency will return to structural relief to remedy anticompetitive mergers, rather than applying the behavioural remedies that were used under the previous administration. 

DOJ wants to speed up merger review process

The Antitrust Division’s deputy assistant attorney general has said the department’s leadership wants to reduce the time it takes to review mergers, and advised attorneys to be transparent and communicative with enforcers when attempting a merger.    

Excessive pricing: new use for a neglected tool in the enforcement armoury?

Timothy McIver, Anne-Mette Heemsoth and Megan MacDonald at Debevoise & Plimpton in London explore the recent spike in excessive-pricing cases involving the pharmaceutical sector.

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

A panel of experts, including former US Department of Justice acting antitrust head Renata Hesse, have lamented the development of unilateral conduct cases in Europe, and voiced concerns that the European Commission may be motivated by politics and public relations. Sonya Lalli in Washington, DC

Hausfeld gets a GRIP on Google lawsuits

Plaintiff’s side law firm Hausfeld has teamed up with a public affairs consultancy to set up the Google Redress & Integrity Platform (GRIP), which aims to attract potential clients seeking redress against the technology company over its allegedly anti-competitive practices.


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