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Bulgaria raids petrol association in coronavirus price-fixing probe

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition has raided the offices of an association of petroleum companies after the country’s public prosecutor warned of discrepancies between the cost of global crude oil and local fuel prices. 

Portugal uses interim measures in first no-poach probe

Pakistani authority slammed for ignoring sugar cartels

UK judge refuses to adjourn first CMA director disqualification hearing

DOJ requires divestiture in satellite deal

The Department of Justice has required that telecommunications company Communications and Power Industries divest its large fixed-position satellite antenna business to complete its purchase of rival General Dynamics’ satellite business.

Tweetstorm: The Tipline for 29 May 2020

President Donald Trump took aim at section 230 of the Communications Decency Act on Thursday, signing an executive order that directs the Federal Communications Commission to make rules limiting liability protection for platform operators that remove or edit content. Senator Joshua Hawley, a frequent critic of technology companies, connected the controversy to concerns about online advertising dominance. Google’s digital advertising business is reportedly a focus of the Department of Justice’s antitrust probe of the company. “Gotta remember that the key to #BigTech dominance/monopoly is advertising,” Hawley wrote on Twitter. We also have an update on the DOJ’s intervention in a satellite communications deal and a response from the arbitrator accused of ruling in Uber’s favour out of fear.

Takeaways from the DOJ’s ACPERA roundtable and proposed next steps

With the US Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement & Reform Act (ACPERA) due to sunset on 22 June 2020, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Scott Hammond explores questions around the effectiveness of ACPERA and how its “actual damages” principle is defined and applied. He urges the Antittrust Division to take a more active role in providing guidance to Congress, the courts, the business community, and the antitrust bar regarding the application of ACPERA.

DG Comp official: EU is considering “restorative or prescriptive” antitrust remedies

A senior official at the European Commission has said it is considering whether it needs to impose broader remedies in antitrust cases that go beyond the usual “cease and desist” requirements.

John Pecman: the GCR exit interview

After more than three decades of working at the Competition Bureau of Canada as an economist, John Pecman stepped down last week as the Commissioner of Competition. He spoke with Pallavi Guniganti alongside McMillan partner James B Musgrove, who provided the private practitioner perspective, last month.


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