Region: Canada

Canada seeks criminal bid-rigging convictions

Canada’s competition enforcer has criminally charged four individuals with divvying up engineering contracts awarded by the city of Gatineau.

27 June 2018

Fasken hires Pecman

John Pecman, who left Canada’s Competition Bureau earlier this month after 34 years, is set to join Fasken Martineau DuMoulin in Ottawa.

25 June 2018

Individual acquitted in Canadian bid-rigging case

Barney Shum, one of the individuals charged as part of the Competition Bureau’s long-running investigation into a cartel that rigged bids for IT contracts, was acquitted last week after almost a decade-long criminal probe.

20 June 2018

John Pecman: the GCR exit interview, part II

After more than three decades of working at the Competition Bureau of Canada as an economist, John Pecman stepped down on 30 May as the Commissioner of Competition. Last month, he spoke with Pallavi Guniganti alongside McMillan partner James Musgrove, who provided the private practitioner perspective.

11 June 2018

Banks granted additional discovery in Canadian interchange fee litigation

A Canadian judge has increased the number of claimants from which defendant banks can demand information in the Visa/Mastercard interchange fee litigation, but restricted the scope of discovery to data required to calculate net economic harm.

05 June 2018

Canada appoints Boswell as interim commissioner

Matthew Boswell has been appointed as Canada’s interim commissioner of competition, marking the end to John Pecman’s 34 years at the Competition Bureau.

01 June 2018

Bayer/Monsanto marches on in Canada

Canada’s Competition Bureau has accepted a remedies package from Bayer to assuage antitrust concerns about the agrochemical company’s acquisition of Monsanto, leaving Mexico as the last enforcer to decide on the tie-up.

30 May 2018

Pecman backs whistleblower payments

Canada’s Commissioner of Competition John Pecman has thrown his support behind a new whistleblower programme to pay informants who come forward to report serious competition infringements.

11 May 2018

Canada takes second swing at leniency revisions

Canada’s competition enforcer has backtracked on several proposed changes to its immunity programme after facing widespread criticism, but will stick to its original plan to condition leniency on an applicant’s full cooperation.

09 May 2018

Court approves first Canadian optical disk drive settlements

Hitachi-LG, TEAC and NEC have agreed to pay over €6 million to settle the optical disk drive class action litigation in Canada.

01 May 2018

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