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German courts would benefit from economic expertise, judge says

Courts in Germany would be more efficient if they had trained economists as judges, plus increased resources and better case management tools, a leading local judge has said.

26 May 2022

Economic analysis “not possible” without counterfactuals, Régibeau says

It is becoming harder to conduct counterfactual analyses in certain cases, but that doesn’t mean competition authorities should stop considering them as part of their investigations, the European Commission’s chief competition economist has said.

25 May 2022

WATCH: GCR Live: Telecoms, Media & Technology

GCR Live: Telecoms, Media & Technology took place on 15 March. A full recording is now available to watch.

21 May 2022

Phillips: Early termination suspension likely to continue

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips has said the US antitrust agencies’ suspension of early terminations is likely to continue throughout the remainder of the Biden Administration.

19 May 2022

Ukraine will win war and build back through competition, authority head says

Russia is bombing Ukraine’s infrastructure to reduce competition, but the latter will defeat the invasion and define “new economic realities” through competition policy, the head of the country’s Antimonopoly Committee has said.

06 May 2022

Enforcers clash over expanding their mandates

The president of France’s Competition Authority has pushed back against assertions from his UK, US and German counterparts that the mandate of competition agencies should include other legal or social policies.

04 May 2022

Germany subjects Meta to heightened scrutiny under 19A

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has welcomed Meta’s decision not to appeal against its designation as a company with “paramount significance for competition across markets”.

04 May 2022

New ACCC chair strikes measured tone in first major speech

The new head of Australia’s competition watchdog has refused to explicitly call for changes to the country’s competition law until after the federal elections this month, as she reflected on priorities laid out by her predecessor.

04 May 2022

Delrahim: Judge Stark got Sabre/Farelogix “violently wrong”

The former head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said the judge got the decision in Sabre/Farelogix “violently wrong” while also expressing concern about the effects of the Supreme Court’s ruling in American Express.

13 April 2022

FTC considering changes to HSR form to deter illegal deals

Federal Trade Commission leadership has said they are considering asking merging parties more “probative” questions upfront in deal reviews as the agency seeks to deter more “illegal” transactions.

11 April 2022

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