Conference Coverage

Compliance programmes useful in civil claims, plaintiff's lawyer says

07 June 2017

Plaintiffs can use a company’s antitrust compliance programme as evidence against it in civil litigation regardless whether employees understand or adhere to policy, a top plaintiff’s lawyer said yesterday.

US official: public sentiment fueling global anti-cartel effort

05 June 2017

The shift of public attitudes around the world to recognise the harm from cartels has fueled the rise in cartel criminalisation, the head of criminal enforcement at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division said last week.

CMA to continue focus on digital markets and pharmaceuticals

18 May 2017

The enforcement chief of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority today said there are obvious public benefits to focusing on digital and pharmaceutical markets.

Whish: There may not be need for section 60 provision

18 May 2017

UK competition law may be able to exist after Brexit without a provision that obligates national courts and authorities to act consistently with European Court of Justice decisions, Richard Whish QC said today.

Europe targets abuse, not US companies, DG Comp official says

12 May 2017

The European Commission uses its enforcement powers to target dominance companies based solely on their conduct, rather than their nationality, a top official at the enforcer said today.

Uber spurs debate among antitrust enforcers

12 May 2017

The issue of vehicle-for-hire platforms drew a spectrum of views from top officials at competition authorities yesterday, as they argued about the need for regulation in response to disruptive technologies – on the same day an advocate general at the European Court of Justice opined that Uber is a transport service.

Observers split on enforcers’ work as public interest concerns grow

11 May 2017

Antitrust enforcers have mostly accepted that countries must consider factors such as jobs and the environment when weighing mergers, but those enforcers and practitioners disagree as to who should judge such non-antitrust considerations.

Ohlhausen: keep privacy out of antitrust

Ohlhausen: keep privacy out of antitrust

11 May 2017

The acting chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission today said antitrust enforcers should not expand their remit to include non-competition concerns, and contrasted her agency’s handling of Facebook/WhatsApp with that of the European Commission.

Vestager urges enforcers to restore trust in globalisation

Vestager urges enforcers to restore trust in globalisation

11 May 2017

Competition agencies can help to reassure citizens about the fairness of economic systems, including by fighting anticompetitive actions by other parts of government, Margrethe Vestager said yesterday.

Excessive pricing continues to divide US from peers

10 May 2017

The director of civil enforcement at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division insisted today that antitrust authorities are ill-suited to enforce against prices simply being too high, but other competition agencies disagreed.