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French enforcer shows commitment to overseas territories

French enforcer shows commitment to overseas territories

10 October 2019

France’s Competition Authority has announced it will send officials to French overseas territories ahead of reviewing the largest-ever merger in the regions, one day after it fined Coty, Procter & Gamble and Chanel over exclusive import agreements with retailers in the same territories.

Celebrity antitrust: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 11 October 2019

10 October 2019

To help fend off claims in Indonesia that it engaged in discriminatory conduct, popular ride-hailing company Grab has retained the services of a lawyer named Hotman Paris Hutapea. He has acted in some of the country’s highest-profile cases, and his LinkedIn page lists international finance, bankruptcy, administrative and criminal law as his areas of expertise. With 4.1 million Instagram followers, he may be the first social media celebrity to defend an antitrust case. At times accused of unscrupulous practices in a corrupt Indonesian legal world, Hutapea was quoted in the New York Times in 2010 as saying: “If I say I’m a clean lawyer, I’ll be a hypocrite, that’s all I can say. And if other lawyers say they are clean, they will go to jail, they’ll go to hell.”

Korea punishes 18-year cartel

Korea punishes 18-year cartel

10 October 2019

Korea’s antitrust watchdog has fined six transportation companies 12.73 billion won (€9.68 million) for colluding on bids to import brown rice for eight municipal governments from 2000 to 2018.

CNMC fines 19 industrial maintenance companies for bid-rigging

CNMC fines 19 industrial maintenance companies for bid-rigging

09 October 2019

Spain’s competition authority has issued €54.26 million in fines to 19 industrial maintenance companies over a cartel aimed at increasing how much they could charge for their repair services.

National court rejects ECJ ruling on damages

National court rejects ECJ ruling on damages

09 October 2019

A first instance court in Portugal has ruled that a damages claim is time-barred by national law – rejecting a European Court of Justice judgment that EU law overrides national legislation.

COFECE defends new legal privilege regulation

COFECE defends new legal privilege regulation

09 October 2019

Mexico’s antitrust enforcer has responded to impartiality and procedural concerns raised by practitioners regarding its new attorney-client privilege rules.

Germany finalises amendments to competition law

Germany finalises amendments to competition law

08 October 2019

Germany’s government has drafted amendments to its competition law that would shift the standards for challenging dominant market players, according to two lawyers who have seen drafts of the amendment.

EU enforcers clash over regulating the digital world

08 October 2019

Competition enforcers across Europe are divided over whether ex ante regulation is necessary to tackle market power in the digital economy.

CMA accuses another instrument maker of online RPM

CMA accuses another instrument maker of online RPM

08 October 2019

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has accused guitar manufacturer Fender Europe of resale price maintenance by restricting online discounts for its guitars, just months after hitting Casio with the agency's highest-ever RPM fine.

Vestager suggests tools to speed up enforcement

Vestager suggests tools to speed up enforcement

08 October 2019

Margrethe Vestager has suggested that the European Commission could adopt some of the UK’s competition tools and increase its use of interim measures to speed up enforcement.