Malta proposes abolishing competition appeals tribunal

Malta’s government is consulting on a series of amendments to its competition law, in part to remedy constitutional defects brought to light in 2016.

Royal Mail to appeal against record fine from regulator

The UK’s incumbent postal company has said it will appeal against a £50 million fine handed down by the country’s communications regulator for abusing its dominant position in the market for delivery of business letters.

Exclusive dealing incurs €3.5 million fine for Australian polycarb distributors

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered polycarbonate roofing distributors Palram and Ampelite to pay A$5.5 million (€3.5 million) in combined penalties for an exclusive dealing agreement with a third company – which is still fighting the charges.

Bayer/Monsanto conditions aren’t enough, say state enforcers

Attorneys general from several states are calling for further conditions in the Department of Justice’s settlement of its concerns in the Bayer/Monsanto merger, saying that the proposed remedies are not enough to protect competition.

More on Monsanto: The Tipline for 14 August 2018

The Department of Justice conditionally cleared Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto in May, but several state attorneys general have said the agreed divestiture remedy is not enough to preserve competition and urged the Antitrust Division to impose further conditions. We have coverage of that, and of Apple’s and Qualcomm’s lawyers pushing back against separate antitrust claims.

Waiting for the dust to settle

The European Commission yesterday issued its long-anticipated decision and a record fine against Google for abusing its dominance through restrictions on its Android mobile device operating system. Tom Madge-Wyld gauged reaction to the decision, which lawyers say answered some big questions, but raised several more.

China antitrust head calls for internet regulation

The head of China’s new competition authority has said strengthening intellectual property enforcement and regulation of the internet are among his key priorities to promote competition in the new digital economy.

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