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ACCC worried about Google and Facebook

ACCC worried about Google and Facebook

10 December 2018

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has recommended a series of measures to address what it says is the “substantial market power” of Google and Facebook.

ACCC challenges government port agreements

ACCC challenges government port agreements

10 December 2018

Australia’s antitrust enforcer has launched court proceedings against a port operator for allegedly anticompetitive agreements made with the New South Wales government to restrict rival ports' competition for container trade.

Germany fines only one asphalt cartelist

Germany fines only one asphalt cartelist

10 December 2018

Germany’s competition authority has fined an asphalt producer €1.43 million for colluding to fix prices, share customers, divide geographic markets and arrange delivery quotas from at least 2005 to 2013.

ABA calls for big data rethink and clearer deal thresholds in India

ABA calls for big data rethink and clearer deal thresholds in India

10 December 2018

The American Bar Association has recommended that India’s competition authority clarify guidelines on jurisdictional thresholds for mandatory merger notifications, and consider whether the benefits of increased privacy protection outweigh costs in restricting big data.

Cartel defence’s expert and witnesses diverge, Hong Kong enforcer says

Cartel defence’s expert and witnesses diverge, Hong Kong enforcer says

10 December 2018

Counsel to Hong Kong’s Competition Commission have attacked what they say is a discrepancy between testimony by an economic expert retained by several local businesses accused of participating in a cartel and testimony from their witnesses.

Hungary exempts media deal from antitrust scrutiny

Hungary exempts media deal from antitrust scrutiny

07 December 2018

Hungary’s competition enforcer will not review the merger of several media companies, because the government has decreed the deal to be in the public interest.

Brazil probes Petrobras’s market power

Brazil probes Petrobras’s market power

07 December 2018

Brazil’s competition authority has initiated an assessment of state-controlled petroleum company Petrobras’s dominant position in the country’s oil refinery market, after an economic study found the company controls a 98% stake.

EU clears ceiling tile deal conditionally after pull-and-refile

EU clears ceiling tile deal conditionally after pull-and-refile

07 December 2018

The European Commission has accepted German building materials maker Knauf’s acquisition of ceiling and wall tile producer Armstrong’s business outside the Americas, subject to the divestment of parts of Armstrong’s European assets.

EU imposes commitments on TenneT

EU imposes commitments on TenneT

07 December 2018

The European Commission has imposed legally binding commitments on TenneT that will increase electricity supply between Germany and Denmark, after investigating the grid operator for abuse of dominance.

Antitrust enforcement in the new economy needs global cooperation, Russian chief says

Antitrust enforcement in the new economy needs global cooperation, Russian chief says

07 December 2018

Competition authorities need to collaborate to tackle antitrust issues that arise in the borderless global digital economy, the head of Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has said.