Hungary exempts media deal from antitrust scrutiny

Hungary’s competition enforcer will not review the merger of several media companies, because the government has decreed the deal to be in the public interest.

Brazil probes Petrobras’s market power

Brazil’s competition authority has initiated an assessment of state-controlled petroleum company Petrobras’s dominant position in the country’s oil refinery market, after an economic study found the company controls a 98% stake.  

EU clears ceiling tile deal conditionally after pull-and-refile

The European Commission has accepted German building materials maker Knauf’s acquisition of ceiling and wall tile producer Armstrong’s business outside the Americas, subject to the divestment of parts of Armstrong’s European assets.

Judge pushes DOJ on efficiencies and arbitration

Two judges who will decide the Department of Justice’s bid to undo the AT&T/Time Warner merger have indicated that they did not see a “clear error” in the lower court’s ruling to allow the deal, while a third has pressed the government to explain arguments missing from its brief.

Phillips doubts threat from common ownership

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips questioned on Thursday whether common ownership of companies in the same industry threatened competition and warranted scrutiny from antitrust enforcers.

The antitrust damages directive: four years on

Today marks four years since the EU antitrust damages directive was signed into law. After years of discussion, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union intended Directive 2014/104 to make it easier for businesses and consumers to claim compensation for overcharges caused by infringements of competition law.

Car Wash fines were too lenient, CADE commissioner says

A commissioner at Brazil’s competition authority has criticised the €206.7 million fines that her own agency levied on four members of a construction cartel earlier this month, for being too small and for failing to disincentivise illegal collusion.

Ohlhausen joins Baker Botts

Former Federal Trade Commission acting chairman Maureen Ohlhausen is joining Baker Botts in Washington, DC, as co-chair of the global antitrust practice.

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