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“Threatened trade wars” lead ABA to examine public interest

“Threatened trade wars” lead ABA to examine public interest

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The American Bar Association’s antitrust section is adding two new task forces to address concerns about the inclusion of public interest considerations in competition enforcement and the divergence in international standards regarding abuse of dominance.

Brexit may raise CMA’s merger workload by 50%, Coscelli says

Brexit may raise CMA’s merger workload by 50%, Coscelli says

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The acting head of the UK’s competition authority says the loss of a “one-stop shop” for deals will increase the agency’s merger reviews by up to 50%, but is optimistic that relationships with other antitrust enforcers around the world will continue to develop even after the UK leaves the European Union. Alex Wilts at GCR Live in Miami

Governments hear many e-commerce complaints, says CMA chief

Governments hear many e-commerce complaints, says CMA chief

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The UK Competition and Markets Authority is not the only place companies go to protest how commerce is changing, the enforcer’s acting chief executive said today.

DOJ takes more care with leniency markers, says acting antitrust head

DOJ takes more care with leniency markers, says acting antitrust head

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Brent Snyder, the acting head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said today that the agency has learned from recent criminal enforcement that it needs to slow its process for determining the breadth of leniency to grant an applicant. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live Miami

Feinstein: “I fear the day” US FTC is asked to consider jobs

Feinstein: “I fear the day” US FTC is asked to consider jobs

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The director of the US Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition said today that the agency is not equipped to factor employment into merger analysis.

Agencies may lack tools to fight anticompetitive algorithms, says CMA chair

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Competition and Markets Authority chair Lord David Currie suggested today that antitrust enforcers might not have the tools required to investigate whether and how the growing number of online algorithms might affect competition.

Ohlhausen: FTC will continue to address state-imposed competition restrictions

Ohlhausen: FTC will continue to address state-imposed competition restrictions

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During one of her first addresses as acting head of the Federal Trade Commission, Maureen Ohlhausen emphasised that one of her policy goals is to continue working with states to reduce barriers to competition. Alex Wilts at GCR Live in Miami

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

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Companies may have to face some uncertainty as the price of special tax treatment that “from a state aid point of view had gotten out of control”, the head of state aid at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said yesterday.

US and EU converge on mergers but not unilateral conduct, enforcers say

US and EU converge on mergers but not unilateral conduct, enforcers say

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Senior officials at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division and the European Commission’s competition authority said yesterday that there is no substantive gap in how they review deals, but acknowledged that they enforce differently against abusive conduct.

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

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European Commission state aid head Gert Jan Koopman today rejected criticism that the body is turning itself into a tax enforcer, and insisted that ongoing enforcement against beneficiaries of tax rulings will continue to focus on “outlier” situations where “patently you are looking at something that is off the radar screen”. Tom Webb at GCR Live State Aid in Brussels