Topic: Legislation and guidance

US Chamber of Commerce assails antitrust legislation ahead of Senate markup

The US Chamber of Commerce has said it strongly opposes antitrust legislation that the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider during a meeting on Thursday.

20 January 2022

Germany gives feedback on sustainability agreements

Germany’s antitrust enforcer has issued advice clarifying whether a pair of sustainability-focused cooperation agreements comply with competition rules, in a rare move that local lawyers say highlights the need for guidance at an EU level.

18 January 2022

Portuguese law bans MFNs on booking platforms

Online travel platforms have been banned from using most favoured nation clauses or offering certain below-cost pricing under a new Portuguese law that the country’s antitrust enforcer has criticised as antithetical to EU competition law.

11 January 2022

DMA sails through EU Parliament

The European Parliament has adopted the Digital Markets Act with several amendments, including a requirement for the European Commission to produce an annual report on the state of the digital economy.

15 December 2021

EU suggests exempting some gig workers from competition rules

Collective agreements between self-employed workers and digital labour platforms fall outside EU competition rules, according to new draft guidance from the European Commission.

10 December 2021

DOJ revises 2019 policy statement on standard-essential patents

The Department of Justice’s invitation for comment on a new draft policy statement concerning standard-essential patents (SEPs) will provide the government with an opportunity to hear from SEP holders and licensees about difficulties in licensing negotiations, a former DOJ official has said.

08 December 2021

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

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