Work Area: Competition & Antitrust

Poland issues €48.2 million obstruction fine against Gazprom

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has imposed its highest-ever fine on Gazprom for obstructing its Nord Stream 2 gun-jumping probe, but local competition lawyers expect the company to appeal.

03 August 2020

Phoebe Putney hospital fights to maintain regional monopoly

Phoebe Putney hospital has attempted to thwart efforts to build a rival hospital in southwest Georgia, even as it has begun treating an overflow of covid-19 patients in repurposed shipping containers.

17 July 2020

Ninth Circuit judge questions generic drugmakers on imminent harm

Judge Andrew Hurwitz of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has asked generic drugmakers why they need to block a California law restricting pay-for-delay settlements if they do not plan to enter into such agreements.

17 July 2020

Elanco/Bayer crosses finish line with FTC clearance

The Federal Trade Commission has conditionally approved Elanco’s $7.6 billion purchase of Bayer’s animal health business, granting the final antitrust clearance the companies needed to close the deal.

16 July 2020

New Caledonia grants interim measures in telecoms dispute

New Caledonia’s antitrust watchdog has forced the territory’s incumbent telecommunications provider to open up its local network to a competitor seeking to establish international internet services.

15 July 2020

Swiss authority lifts watchmaker delivery obligation

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has lifted interim measures that required a Swatch subsidiary to supply customers with watch parts, finding that competitors have entered the market since the obligation was imposed.

15 July 2020

FTC: “Coal-on-coal” competition determines price

The Federal Trade Commission has told a federal judge to block a joint venture between coal miners Peabody and Arch Coal, arguing that competition between them keeps prices lower for power plants.

15 July 2020

SCOTUS will hear direct challenge to FTC disgorgement authority

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases on whether the Federal Trade Commission can seek monetary relief for violations of the FTC Act.

14 July 2020

CMA fines musical instrument makers

The UK’s competition watchdog has fined two musical instrument suppliers and an online retailer a total of £5.75 million for resale price maintenance, using its findings to develop a new online price monitoring tool.

29 June 2020

Slovenian court slashes gun-jumping fine by over €50 million

A Slovenian court has ruled that insolvent retail company Agrokor did not intend to infringe merger control rules when it failed to notify a 2016 acquisition and reduced the competition authority’s penalty to €1 million.

26 June 2020

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