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UK lawmakers request Facebook abuse probe

A UK parliamentary report has called upon the country’s antitrust watchdog to investigate Facebook, after concluding that the platform “knowingly” violated abuse of dominance rules by deciding which “businesses should succeed or fail”.

EU conditionally waves through fisheries deal

The European Commission has allowed two investment groups to acquire three Greek fishery businesses, conditional on the buyers selling assets to create a viable competitor.

Philippines competition watchdog signs MoU with government

The Philippine Competition Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with the country’s Department of Trade and Industry to share information and cooperate on competition law enforcement.

DOJ settles with Learfield/IMG after clearing merger

Six weeks after being created, the largest US collegiate sports marketing company has agreed to abstain from agreements not to compete with rivals as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice’s antitrust division.

Year in preview: antitrust on a “blue wave”

For the first time in eight years, Democrats control the US House of Representatives and its antitrust subcommittee. With that comes a bully pulpit, but also a big stick of investigation and potentially legislation.

Year in preview: the app economy in Korea

Tens of thousands of Korean taxi drivers have fiercely protested in Seoul to boycott the launch of an Uber-like transportation service. Following two drivers’ public suicides, the new era of such platforms is sparking intense debate over whether consumer welfare trumps all in one of Asia’s largest cities.

Wilson touts total welfare but Pecman decries standard

Staking out a position reminiscent of the Reagan administration, US Federal Trade Commission member Christine Wilson has suggested that her agency adopt a standard for antitrust enforcement that looks at efficiency rather than direct benefits to consumers.

Davies to leave Freshfields after 36 years

John Davies, the founder of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Brussels office and one of the pioneers of antitrust law in Europe, is set to join global advisory firm Brunswick Group.

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