Philippines rolls out leniency programme

The Philippines is set to usher in a new era of competition enforcement with the introduction of a leniency programme that will grant the first-in applicant full immunity and allow a second whistleblowing company a discounted fine.

AG Kokott clarifies scope of damages claims

The EU Damages Directive only applies to claims brought in a member state after it was implemented in that jurisdiction and to actions that relate to conduct that occurred after the directive was issued, an advocate general to the European Court of Justice has said.

Spanish enforcer suffers another loss

Spain’s highest court has upheld a decision annulling €120 million in fines on Orange, Vodafone and Telefónica, marking the second major cancellation of a multimillion-euro antitrust sanction by the nation’s courts in less than a week.

Google: customer’s destruction does not harm competition

Driving a customer out of business does not have the potential to diminish market competition, Google told a California judge on Tuesday who had ordered the company to clarify its argument against an antitrust challenge brought by a stock photography website.

Throwback Thursday birthday: The Tipline for 17 January 2019

Former Sidley Austin associate Michelle Robinson turns 55 today. Robinson, who worked at the firm for three years beginning in 1988, was part of a team that represented AT&T in its hostile takeover bid for NCR and acted for Union Carbide against a challenge from the Federal Trade Commission as it sought to make a sale to Arco. Robinson would later mentor one of the firm’s summer associates – Barack Obama – whom she married in 1992.

Choices, challenges and collaboration at Norway’s Competition Authority

With a new Nordic Cooperation Agreement slowly ushering in renewed collaboration among Scandinavian antitrust enforcers, GCR spoke to the head of Norway’s Competition Authority about tough choices, challenges and how the enforcer is tackling its leniency problem.

DG Comp chief economist: use structural presumptions on “super dominant” companies

Structural presumptions could help competition authorities assess mergers by “super dominant” companies, the European Commission’s chief competition economist has suggested.

Four new competition silks appointed in UK

Four of the 108 Queen’s Counsel appointments announced in the UK on Thursday are barristers with substantial competition experience.

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