Topic: Legislation and guidance

VBER public consultation raises dual distribution concerns

More than half of the respondents that participated in the EU’s public consultation on the draft Vertical Block Exemption Regulation said that proposals to lower the thresholds for dual distribution exemptions would have “negative or very negative” effects on competition.

26 November 2021

Digital Markets Act passes EU council, but scope could still increase

The European Council has approved the Digital Markets Act with several amendments, moving the EU one step closer to ratifying new rules that would curb the power of big technology companies.

26 November 2021

China maintains focus on APIs with new guidance

China’s antitrust authority has indicated that enforcement against active pharmaceutical ingredient suppliers will remain a priority after releasing sector-specific guidance for only the second time in its history.

23 November 2021

UK issues guidance on new foreign investment control regime

The UK government has published advice clarifying what types of acquisitions will be subject to mandatory notification requirements under sweeping new national security rules that come into force in January.

16 November 2021

China elevates status of antitrust authority

The Chinese government has appointed a new head of the revamped National Anti-Monopoly Bureau within the State Administration for Market Regulation, marking a major shift in the antitrust division’s status.

16 November 2021

FTC looks to increase in-house economists who can testify in competition cases

The Federal Trade Commission is aiming to raise the number of antitrust matters for which internal economists can testify as expert witnesses, according to a proposed commission plan.

15 November 2021

Italian government approves draft amendments to antitrust legislation

The Italian government has approved several draft changes to the country’s competition rules, which would strengthen the national antitrust enforcer’s investigative powers if passed by lawmakers next year.

11 November 2021

Senate proposes limits on GAFA acquisitions

Two US senators have introduced a similar version of a House bill designed to limit dominant online platforms from acquiring current or future competitors.

08 November 2021

CMA outlines updates to vertical block exemption rules

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has recommended retaining the vertical block exemption regulation imported from the EU, albeit with “important amendments” including a prohibition on wide price parity clauses and allowances for sustainability-related cooperation.

04 November 2021

House committee clears bill prohibiting arbitration mandates

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that would invalidate contracts that require antitrust class actions to be arbitrated on an individual basis.

04 November 2021

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