German enforcer issues rare JV block

Germany’s competition authority has blocked a proposed joint venture between two bearings makers whose sophisticated expertise meant no rival could compete with them.

EU conditionally clears creation of European champion

The European Commission has conditionally approved the sale of Solvay’s nylon business to chemical company BASF, in a deal that EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said will create “a significant European player”.

Parallel pricing not a per-se infringement, South African tribunal rules

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has thrown out a price-fixing complaint against a power cables company, concluding that Tulisa Cables lawfully engaged in price parallelism so it could compete in an oligopolistic market.

Qualcomm begins its defence

Today is Qualcomm’s first full day at trial to defend itself against the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit – relying on its innovations and contributions to fundamental cellular inventions to sway the judge.

Don't forget to wash your hands: The Tipline for 18 January 2019

We’ve got coverage of a lot of action in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry today. United HealthCare is suing multiple drug makers for price fixing, while biopharmaceutical company Retrophin is trying to get monopolisation charges against it dropped. We also report ahead of Qualcomm’s continued defence against allegations by the Federal Trade Commission, and have detail of former House antitrust subcommittee chairman Tom Marino’s resignation from Congress. We’ll be back in your inboxes on Tuesday after Martin Luther King Day.

2019 year in preview: pull-and-refile increases in Europe

At the end of 2018, the European Commission approved two mergers at Phase I that the companies had notified to the enforcer several months earlier – but had then withdrawn and re-filed. Observers say the tactic, a standard option in US merger practice, is becoming more common in the EU to avoid costly Phase II reviews.

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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