Study reveals leniency applications have not dropped

A survey on immunity and leniency applications presented to the International Competition Network’s cartel workshop in Tel-Aviv yesterday has revealed that the majority of competition experts surveyed did not experience a drop in leniency applications in the past five years.

Google introduces licence fee for Play Store

Google will start charging manufacturers of smartphones sold in Europe for access to its app store, as it looks to comply with the European Commission’s order that it stop imposing anticompetitive restrictions on device makers that use the Android operating system.

Spanish firm hires renowned academic for trucks cartel claim

Caamaño Concheiro and Seoane has recruited Francisco Marcos, a professor at IE Law School in Madrid, as an academic consultant to advise on damages claims following-on from the European Commission’s trucks cartel decision.

  • Brazil fines Unilever for freezing out competitors

    Brazil’s antitrust enforcer has fined Unilever for imposing exclusivity and rebates schemes on local retailers in the ice cream market – but let off Nestlé on the same conduct due to its lack of a dominant position. 

  • UK sets out key issues in Sainsbury’s / Asda review

    The UK’s antitrust enforcer has revealed the scope of its Phase II investigation into the proposed Sainsbury’s / Asda deal, focusing on online and in-store purchases as well as buyer power.

  • UK air cargo claims approach settlement

    Claimants in the UK air cargo damages litigation are close to settling with British Airways, as a Court of Appeal judge accused the parties of wasting time.

Forex counsel defend traders with “fix poker”

Counsel to three former UK traders on trial for coordinating foreign currency exchange bids have claimed that the bankers maintained their competitive independence by providing false information to each other during the alleged collusion. 

FTC begins trial against alleged group boycott

Federal Trade Commission lawyers argued yesterday that three dental product distributors conspired to refuse discounts to group buyers in violation of US antitrust law, while the defendant companies either denied a boycott or said the refusal was business as usual.

The Aspen Italy decision: A "quick look" assessment leaves open questions

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Ingrid Vandenborre and associate Stanislas de Villoutreys advise Aspen Pharmacare in relation to the ongoing proceeding of the European Commission that excludes Italy. In their commentary, they consider that the Aspen decision of Italy’s Competition Authority, upheld by the Regional Administrative Tribunal of Lazio’s judgment, has skipped the unfairness analysis set out by European Court of Justice in United Brands. The commentary is based on the Aspen decision and judgment as published.

State aid official: we need right toolkit to define selectivity principle

The European Court of Justice’s recent Heitkamp Bauholding ruling shows the importance the courts attach to the selectivity principle in state aid – but the European Commission lacks “the right toolkit” to define the correct reference system in such cases, a commission official has said.

Spanish firm hires renowned academic for trucks cartel claim

Caamaño Concheiro and Seoane has recruited Francisco Marcos, a professor at IE Law School in Madrid, as an academic consultant to advise on damages claims following-on from the European Commission’s trucks cartel decision.

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