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Spain smokes out tobacco information sharing

Spain’s competition authority has fined three tobacco companies and a distributor €57.1 million for agreeing to share real-time sales data – in the agency’s first use of an effects-based analysis for information exchange.

Ireland’s first gun-jumping prosecution ends in charitable donation

South Africa issues gun-jumping guidelines

EU accepts pay-TV commitments

Cowspiracy: The Tipline for 24 April 2019

Sixteen years ago today, the Department of Justice sued to compel Dairy Farmers of America to divest its interests in Southern Belle Dairy “to prevent higher milk prices” for over 100 school districts in Kentucky and Tennessee. Dairy Farmers of America was initially granted summary judgment before a Kentucky district court, but the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit later reversed the ruling. Dairy Farmers of America then divested its stake in Southern Belle to settle the DOJ’s claims. Yesterday, a group of cattle ranchers filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to limit beef output from meat packers. Did they recognise this significant anniversary? Perhaps not, but today, we at GCR USA celebrate the intersection of bovines and antitrust law.

FTC and dental suppliers argue over communications

The Federal Trade Commission and the three largest US dental suppliers have sparred over whether allegedly unlawful communications between the supply companies were a conspiracy to boycott buying groups or the harmless dismissal of customers they wanted to avoid.

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

Enforcers say more evidence needed on algorithms

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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