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South Africa clears deals for alleged cartelists

South Africa clears deals for alleged cartelists

22 February 2018

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has approved three construction companies' mergers with black-owned businesses as part of a settlement of cartel accusations against the companies – but conditioned on the companies safeguarding against the exchange of competitively sensitive information.

Paris court orders Orange to pay €346 million

Paris court orders Orange to pay €346 million

22 February 2018

A French appeal court has ordered Orange to pay telecommunications provider Digicel €346 million in damages, after a trial court found Orange abused its dominance in the French West Indies and Guyana mobile telephone market.

Kovacic calls for transparency in FTC Google decision

Kovacic calls for transparency in FTC Google decision

22 February 2018

The US Federal Trade Commission’s failure to release the reasoning behind a closed investigation of Google is “highly frustrating”, former FTC chairman Bill Kovacic has said, while acknowledging that such a case would have been tough.

Laitenberger: empowering national enforcers helping on big digital cases

Laitenberger: empowering national enforcers helping on big digital cases

22 February 2018

The transfer of competition enforcement competencies to national authorities has helped improve how the European Commission tackles complicated cases involving online platforms, the Director-General of DG Competition said today.

Question of big data not trivial, says German government official

22 February 2018

Competition authorities and policymakers need to send a strong signal to companies that digitalisation and big data are not “trivial” antitrust concerns, a German government official has said.

Freshfields promotes seven

22 February 2018

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted seven antitrust specialists to counsel across six offices.

DG Comp hits roll-on roll-off shipping and auto parts

DG Comp hits roll-on roll-off shipping and auto parts

21 February 2018

The European Commission has handed four car parts and car shipping cartels a total of €564 million in fines, after reaching settlements with all the companies accused of participating in the cartels.

Advocate General urges ECJ to extend Intel to fine reviews

Advocate General urges ECJ to extend Intel to fine reviews

21 February 2018

European Court of Justice advocate general Melchior Wathelet has slammed the EU General Court’s failure to examine arguments about the effects of alleged exclusionary conduct by Orange Polska.

US and EU can bridge their IP gap, Delrahim says

US and EU can bridge their IP gap, Delrahim says

21 February 2018

The head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has commended US and EU antitrust agencies’ rapprochement on intellectual property enforcement, but warned against standard-setting moves that could harm innovation.

Osborne moves to Cassels Brock

Osborne moves to Cassels Brock

21 February 2018

W Michael G Osborne has left the Affleck Greene McMurtry boutique to join Cassels Brock & Blackwell as a partner in the Toronto firm's competition group.