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Cartelist’s right to fair hearing not infringed, ECtHR rules

Cartelist’s right to fair hearing not infringed, ECtHR rules

15 February 2019

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed an appeal by an asphalt company that was fined for participating in a cartel, ruling that its right to a fair hearing was not infringed when a local court relied on hearsay evidence from unidentified sources.

Retailers defeat Mastercard’s limitation defence

Retailers defeat Mastercard’s limitation defence

14 February 2019

Mastercard has suffered a setback in its UK interchange fee litigation battle, as the UK’s specialist competition tribunal refused to strike out parts of damages claims the card company alleged were time barred.

Austria adds to Amazon’s woes

Austria adds to Amazon’s woes

14 February 2019

Amazon faces a third probe in Europe scrutinising its dual role as a platform and a retailer, now that Austria’s competition authority has launched an investigation into the platform’s alleged abuse of dominance.

Spain launches major consultancy probe

Spain launches major consultancy probe

14 February 2019

Spain’s competition authority has begun investigating Deloitte, PwC and 23 other consultancy firms and their parents for allegedly rigging bids in public and private tenders, in a probe that one lawyer said could become “a landmark case”.

Philippines authority blocks merger for first time

Philippines authority blocks merger for first time

14 February 2019

The takeover of a sugar mill by one of the Philippines’ largest branded food and beverage companies is an illegal merger to monopoly, the country’s competition enforcer has held in its first-ever merger block.

Brazil ends 13-year cartel probe with fines

Brazil ends 13-year cartel probe with fines

14 February 2019

Brazil’s competition authority has fined Toshiba and two other electricity component manufacturers €13.2 million for colluding to fix prices for air-insulated switchgear parts.

Davies to leave Freshfields after 36 years

Davies to leave Freshfields after 36 years

14 February 2019

John Davies, the founder of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Brussels office and one of the pioneers of antitrust law in Europe, is set to join global advisory firm Brunswick Group.

Japan contemplates EU-style Big Tech expert panel

14 February 2019

The Japanese government plans to create a new expert body to monitor the competition and data privacy practices of technology companies such as Facebook and Google.

Lack of evidence kills Belgian probes

Lack of evidence kills Belgian probes

13 February 2019

Belgium’s antitrust watchdog has dropped two investigations for a lack of evidence, after a court blocked it last year from using data collected in dawn raids because it did not receive judicial approval for the inspections.

Controversial new antitrust law enacted in South Africa

Controversial new antitrust law enacted in South Africa

13 February 2019

South Africa’s president today signed into force sweeping amendments to the country’s competition regime, but lawyers remain unclear about when and how the new law will be enforced.