Ukraine authority fines tyre cartel

Ukraine’s competition authority has fined three tyre makers 6.4 million Ukrainian hryvnia (€199,420) for rigging bids to supply the country’s postal service.

Indian authority grants first full immunity from cartel fine

The Competition Commission of India has found that three battery makers engaged in an eight-year cartel, but for the first time provided total immunity to the whistleblowing company.

Lundbeck nears end of Brazilian sham litigation probe

The chief investigator for Brazil’s antitrust authority has recommended dropping an investigation into Lundbeck, due to insufficient evidence the drugmaker conducted sham litigation in an abuse of dominance on the national pharmaceuticals market.

Data is an asset consumers can choose to trade, Delrahim says

Consumers’ preferences show they have varying views of whether they want to trade their data for advertising-funded services, which makes competitive markets the appropriate solution to privacy concerns, the head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

AT&T rests after CEO slams “absurd” antitrust theory

The Department of Justice’s leverage argument – that AT&T’s merger with Time Warner would allow the distributor to raise content prices on competitors – is “absurd” and “defies logic”, the telecommunications giant’s chief executive said yesterday. 

Tommaso Valletti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust

A transcript of the keynote given by Tommaso Valletti, chief competition economist at European Commission, at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels on 13 March.

Civil liability adds uncertainty for potential leniency applicants, says Louis

The risk of follow-on damages claims in Europe is a “contributing factor” in the difficulty of convincing a company to enter into a leniency programme, and has increased “uncertainty” for practitioners in advising clients, a Brussels lawyer said last week. Janith Aranze at GCR Live Cartels in Washington, DC

Gunther and Giraud join Latham

Jacques-Philippe Gunther and Adrien Giraud are moving from Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Paris and Brussels to Latham & Watkins.

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