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European-wide impact of TV soccer rights

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The UK’s first test case on collective sale of exclusive rights by a major sports association has been scheduled to begin in January 1999 in the Restrictive Practices Court. BSkyB currently has exclusive live rights over Premier League football games in the UK, but Director General of Fair Trading John Bridgeman is challenging the deal on the grounds of public interest. 'This is a key case for competition in the broadcasting market, where rapid developments in technology are taking place,' he said.

Arquit takes over at IBA Committee C

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US lawyer Kevin Arquit took over as chairman of the International Bar Association’s Committee C last month at the close of the IBA’s Delhi conference.

New blood at Italian agency

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Italian competition bureau, the Autorita Garente now has two candidates ready to succeed former head Juliano Amato.

Washington unveils global task force

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US Department of Justice antitrust head Joel Klein and Attorney General Janet Reno have unveiled a pioneering task force to help tackle international antitrust problems in the 21st century.

Germany deals blow to predatory pricing

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The German government approved plans last month to allow anonymous tip-offs to cartel authorities as part of its programme to overhaul cartel law.

Japanese FTC commissioner joins firm

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Former Japanese Fair Trade Commissioner Kunpei Sato has joined Tokyo firm Nishimura & Partners.

Fiesole to go annual

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The International Bar Association’s seminar on the future of merger control in Europe, held in September at the European Institute in Fiesole, was so successful that Committee C, the IBA’s section on antitrust and trade law, which organised the forum, has decided to make it an annual event.

Teutonic law firms cross the divide

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European merger mayhem has spread to law firms as the first German/Austrian cross-border law firm merger was announced. Leading German business firm Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, with 209 lawyers, and Austria’s second largest firm, Heller Löber Bahn & Partners, with 60 lawyers, will merge on 1 January 1998, creating the strongest law firm in the German-speaking area of the EU.

Boeing’s point man lets off steam

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Boeing’s point man in Brussels, Ivo van Bael, claimed at the IBA’s Delhi conference last month that there were no checks on the 'tremendous power' wielded by the EU in the merger field.