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European Commission: national autonomy is “subordinate” to EU competition rules

The European Commission took the “exceptional step” of intervening in the UK interchange fee litigation because the case raises “important questions” about the “coherence” of national bodies applying EU competition law, the enforcer’s counsel has said.

Visa and MasterCard claims are “fanciful”, retailers tell UK Supreme Court

MasterCard: let us “wield a broad axe” to defend conduct

Lower court conflated facts with law, Visa tells UK Supreme Court

Trump economists reject rising concentration as indicating lack of competition

Economic advisors to President Donald Trump have rebuked research suggesting that increasing market concentration, profits and barriers to entry in certain sectors of the US economy are necessarily signs of decreased competition. 

Hot docs are more important in tech cases, DOJ counsel says

Business documents are especially important for antitrust cases in technology markets because enforcers have less experience assessing innovation competition than price or quality competition, a counsel to the head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

Pay-for-delay ruling exposes uncertainty in EU law

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

Info exchange is ambiguous, observers from multiple jurisdictions say

The line between permissible information exchange and collusion is not as clear cut as many businesses and trade associations would prefer, lawyers from Europe, North America and Asia have said. Julie Masson at GCR Live Women in Antitrust  


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