The regional competition enforcer for eastern and southern Africa has referred the Confederation of African Football for an evidentiary hearing – but first is looking to hire an independent expert consultant to assist it with legal and economic analysis.
In an attempt to prevent parallel pricing tactics, Romania’s competition authority has urged the country’s parliament to ban fuel stations from raising their prices outside of set times.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is investigating suspected collusion in the private healthcare market, five years after it first attempted to overhaul the sector.
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.
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.
The Paroxetine judgment in the UK highlights a slew of questions that the EU courts have yet to resolve about patent settlements, and takes issue with the UK competition enforcer’s reasoning on market definitions. Tom Webb scrutinises the ruling
Etienne Pfister, chief economist at France’s Competition Authority, said more empirical evidence is needed to determine whether and how the use of online pricing algorithms could potentially violate competition law, and warned regulation and oversight of such pricing programs will be costly. Janith Aranze at GCR Live 6th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in Brussels
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