India’s competition authority is investigating two television broadcasters for alleged price discrimination, despite the country’s telecommunications regulator having already imposed conditions on the broadcasters for the same conduct.
The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has denied separate requests from the Competition and Markets Authority, Pfizer and Flynn Pharma to appeal against aspects of its phenytoin excessive-pricing decision last month, and ordered an immediate remittal of the case to the authority.
Australia’s competition authority has taken two rail companies to court for allegedly reaching an “understanding” to stop competing once Aurizon sold part of its freight transport business to Pacific National and shut down the rest.
Judge Richard Leon erred by discrediting regulatory filings made by AT&T and DirecTV in his ruling to allow the AT&T/Time Warner merger, the Federal Communications Commission said in one of several amicus briefs submitted on Monday.
The Federal Communications Commission did little to get in the way of the AT&T/Time Warner tie-up during the merger review process, but the agency has now filed an amicus curiae brief in defence of evidence used by the Department of Justice as the Antitrust Division seeks to block the deal on appeal. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said last year that the agency did not have the authority to review the deal because AT&T was not acquiring any licences from Time Warner. Although the agency said it is not taking an official stance on the litigation, its brief certainly aids the Antitrust Division’s argument.
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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