South African court annuls dawn raids

A South African court has ordered the antitrust enforcer to return all materials seized from two dawn raids, finding the enforcer withheld information in its search warrant application hearing, and that the warrant was granted on “incomplete facts or information”.

France fines recruiter for settlement violations

France’s competition authority has fined recruitment company Randstad €4.5 million for failing to comply fully with commitments agreed in a cartel settlement in 2009.

Colombian high court confirms parallel pricing fine

Colombia’s Council of State last week confirmed more than 1 billion pesos (€309,500) in total fines against Cemex and its lawyer, dismissing the company’s appeal against a decision that it had colluded to maintain parallel prices with two other cement companies.

  • Norway hits Telenor with record €83.5 million fine

    Norway’s Competition Authority has issued a record fine of 788 million kroner (€83.5 million) to Telenor for abusing its dominant position in the country’s mobile telephone market.

  • India halts Ola/Uber investigations

    India’s competition watchdog will not pursue a probe into ride-sharing companies Uber and Ola, after finding no initial evidence to show that they breached competition laws that prohibit anticompetitive agreements or abuse of dominance.

  • Bayer/Monsanto secures post-closing clearance in India

    India’s competition watchdog formally approved Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto, subject to divestitures and behavioural conditions, one week after the companies closed the deal. 

Klobuchar encourages DOJ to double down after AT&T loss

The head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division should enforce antitrust all the more vigorously in the wake of the agency’s failure to stop AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner in federal court, Senator Amy Klobuchar has said.

Former DOJ deputy provides roadmap for agencies after AT&T/Time Warner loss

The US antitrust agencies should take several steps to advance the understanding of vertical theories of harm after the Department of Justice’s antitrust division failed to block AT&T/Time Warner last week, the agency’s former head of litigation has said.

John Pecman: the GCR exit interview, part II

After more than three decades of working at the Competition Bureau of Canada as an economist, John Pecman stepped down on 30 May as the Commissioner of Competition. Last month, he spoke with Pallavi Guniganti alongside McMillan partner James B Musgrove, who provided the private practitioner perspective. See Part I of the interview.

Steenbergen sceptical of interim measures in online markets

The head of Belgium’s Competition Authority has said that interim relief is better suited to solving harm in traditional markets and may not provide the answer to competition concerns in the digital economy.

Tyrie begins as new CMA chair

Andrew Tyrie today began his role as chair of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

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