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White & Case appoints head of Helsinki competition practice

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White & Case has recruited Ilkka Aalto-Settala from Roschier Holmberg & Waselius to lead its Finnish competition law practice. The addition means that its Helsinki competition department will now have a full-time, partner-level competition specialist.

German Minster waves through E.On/Ruhrgas

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The German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) was dealt a blow last Friday when the Economics Ministry overturned its decision in E.On/Ruhrgas.

FTC loses first fast-track procedure

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In the first ‘complex’ case to be tried under the US Federal Trade Commission's ‘rocket docket’ 12-month procedure, administrative law judge Michael Chappell has thrown out a complaint brought by the FTC against pharmaceuticals manufacturers Schering-Plough Corporation and Upsher Smith Laboratories.

Franchisees challenge McDonald’s in Brazil

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In Brazil the Secretariat of Economic Law (SDE) has filed a proceeding against McDonald’s corporation following accusations by 28 Brazilain franchisees that the US fast-food giant is abusing its dominant position.

ACCC issues draft leniency policy

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued a draft leniency policy at a conference in Sydney last Thursday. It will receive comments until the end of August. The step should significantly enhance the agency’s ability to bust cartels.

FTC attacks Rambus over 'submarine patents'

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The US Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 to file a complaint that Rambus, the California-based technology company, engaged in "a pattern of anticompetitive acts … that … [deceived] an industry-wide standard-setting organization, resulting in adverse effects on competition and consumers."

Deutsche Post ordered to repay state aid

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The European Commission has ordered Deutsche Post, the German postal services operator, to repay Euro572 million in state aid plus interest because it used monopoly profits to subsidise its commercial activities, notably its parcel service.

P&O/Royal Caribbean cleared in UK

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The UK’s Competition Commission has cleared the proposed merger of cruise operators P&O Princess Cruises Plc and Royal Caribbean. The Commission concluded that the merger could not be expected to operate against the public interest.

Commission clears Barilla’s acquisition of German baker

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The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of German bakery products maker Kamps AG by Italian companies Fin.Ba SpA (holding company of the Barilla group) and Banca Popolare di Lodi scarl (holding company of the BPL group).

New competition partner joins Merilampi Marttila Laitasalo

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Finnish competition law specialist Arttu Mentula is leaving Castrén & Snellman to join Merilampi Marttila Laitasalo as a partner. Both firms are based in Helsinki.