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DOJ officials: work continues amid instability

DOJ officials: work continues amid instability

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Senior US Department of Justice officials expressed confidence today about the direction and work of the agency in the face of considerable turmoil, including a vacant front office and a hiring freeze that may stifle growth at the Antitrust Division in the long term.

Divergent enforcement standards are hurdles for in-house lawyers

Divergent enforcement standards are hurdles for in-house lawyers

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The differing standards in how competition authorities handle instances of information exchange and price signalling have created challenges for in-house counsel trying to structure compliance programmes at global companies.

Confidentiality of leniency can limit disclosure in M&A

Confidentiality of leniency can limit disclosure in M&A

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Even when a company for sale wants to tell potential buyers about its potential antitrust liabilities, it can be legally restricted from doing so, a lawyer formerly at Japan’s Fair Trade Commission warned yesterday.

US DOJ won’t limit cartel fight to “smoking gun,” official says

US DOJ won’t limit cartel fight to “smoking gun,” official says

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Recent court decisions referring to foreign-based cartels that “target” the US will not keep the US Department of Justice from prosecuting price fixing on a broader basis, a senior official at the DOJ’s antitrust division said today.

Intel could complicate EU cartel enforcement, says Coates

Intel could complicate EU cartel enforcement, says Coates

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Former European Commission cartel enforcer Kevin Coates said today that if the European Court of Justice follows all aspects of the advocate-general’s opinion, Intel’s appeal against its abuse of dominance fine could affect the EU’s prosecution of international cartels.

Indonesian antitrust reforms in sight, but hurdles remain

Indonesian antitrust reforms in sight, but hurdles remain

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The time may finally be right to amend Indonesia’s 18-year-old antitrust law, but shifts in the competition authority’s membership and a national election have set difficult and rapidly approaching deadlines to make those changes happen.

New Chinese merger probe may test big data issues

New Chinese merger probe may test big data issues

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China is carefully weighing how to approach potential competition issues in big data and online platform services in which the primary product is ostensibly free for consumers, a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce said today.

US will suffer in any trade war, ASEAN enforcers warn

US will suffer in any trade war, ASEAN enforcers warn

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While the US and some European countries seem to be shunning free trade agreements, senior competition officials from multiple Asian countries say they will continue to push for global trade regardless of their western counterparts.

Malaysia central bank chastises MyCC for auto insurance case

Malaysia central bank chastises MyCC for auto insurance case

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The central bank of Malaysia yesterday lashed out at the country’s competition authority, claiming it overstepped its bounds and undermined consumers by charging nearly two dozen automotive insurance companies with breaking competition law.

Google break-up might be needed, says Kinsella

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The European Commission may consider separating Google’s online search and advertising businesses if any behavioural remedies it imposes fail, Sidley Austin partner Stephen Kinsella said today. Tom Webb in Brussels