Deals

French enforcer clears football deal without penalties

France’s Competition Authority has unconditionally approved British chemical producer Ineos's acquisition of OGC Nice – marking the first deal the authority has examined in the football club sector.

ThyssenKrupp appeals Tata JV block

Korean rival to Netflix clear to stream, KFTC says

Taiwan pulls the plug on karaoke merger

Judge throws out cigarillo verdict for fraud on court

A federal judge has thrown out a $44 million antitrust judgment against cigar maker Swisher after an indictment was unsealed in which an executive at the plaintiff company admitted it had fraudulently avoided excise taxes. 

Sweet success: The Tipline for 23 August 2019

Cigarillo brand Swisher, known for its Swisher Sweets, received bad news in February when the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated a $44 million judgment against it, but the company’s fortunes turned early this week. Judge James Selna ruled on Monday that plaintiff Trendsettah’s failure to disclose information about its tax evasion affected its damages analysis and constituted fraud on the court, so he tossed the verdict. We have details on that case, plus an update in class certification in pay-for-delay litigation regarding an ADHD medication, and a new antitrust consent decree drawing interest. Monday is the UK’s summer bank holiday, so we will be back in your inbox Tuesday morning.

Transatlantic convergence in merger control? – Time for EU procedural and institutional reform

On 1 May 2019, the significant impediment to effective competition (SIEC) test pursuant to article 2(2) and (3) of the EU Merger Regulation celebrated its 15th anniversary. While its original intention was to catch certain “gap” cases, over the course of 15 years the European Commission has expanded the use of the SIEC test significantly beyond the legislature’s original intention.

Snoep: Enforcers should look further into future for merger control

Competition authorities’ merger analysis should include longer-term developments such as innovation and potential market entrants, the head of the Netherlands’ antitrust enforcer has said. Janith Aranze at GCR Live Brussels

John Pecman: the GCR exit interview

After more than three decades of working at the Competition Bureau of Canada as an economist, John Pecman stepped down last week as the Commissioner of Competition. He spoke with Pallavi Guniganti alongside McMillan partner James B Musgrove, who provided the private practitioner perspective, last month.


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