Region: Europe

German reforms usher in new era of antitrust enforcement

Lawmakers in Germany have passed far-reaching reforms to the nation’s competition laws, which give its antitrust enforcer sweeping new powers to challenge the behaviour of the major digital platforms. Janith Aranze and Emily Craig spoke to local competition lawyers about the significance and severity of the new law and how it will interact with proposed EU rules for regulating digital gatekeepers.

22 January 2021

Novartis and Roche ordered to pay €30.9 million cartel fine

The Turkish Competition Authority has become the latest enforcer to fine pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Roche for colluding to exaggerate a drug's potential side effects to encourage users to purchase a more expensive one.

22 January 2021

EU’s highest court warns of underenforcement due to limitation periods

National competition regimes that do not pause the statute of limitations while an antitrust authority conducts an investigation may present a “systemic risk” that anticompetitive conduct goes unpunished, the European Court of Justice has said.

22 January 2021

Epic Games seeks jurisdiction in Apple and Google dispute

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal should permit Epic Games to serve its claims against Apple and Google’s US-based entities because the developer has suffered “significant damage” in the UK due to their conduct, counsel to Epic has argued.

21 January 2021

EU enforcer made to pay compound interest on annulled cartel fines

The European Court of Justice has clarified what default interest the European Commission has to pay when refunding cartel fines annulled by the EU courts.

21 January 2021

Consultancies hire ex-agency economists in Brussels and DC

Cyril Hariton has left the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition to join Positive Competition in Brussels, while Economists Incorporated has poached former US Department of Justice economist Keith Waehrer from Bates White in Washington, DC.

21 January 2021

Ireland consults on competition law changes

Ireland’s government has proposed a suite of new reforms that would empower the country’s antitrust enforcer to bring gun-jumping cases and unwind already-competed deals that fall below merger notification thresholds.

21 January 2021

EU fines gaming companies for geo-blocking agreements

The European Commission has fined Valve – owner of one of the world’s largest video gaming platforms – and five gaming publishers €7.8 million for preventing European consumers from purchasing video games in certain member states.

20 January 2021

CMA turns focus to algorithms

The UK’s antitrust authority has launched a public consultation seeking evidence of how companies use algorithms to restrict competition, after publishing newly-released research on the topic.

20 January 2021

UK mobile operators challenge disclosure ruling

Judges presiding over competition law damages claims cannot order defendant companies to ask their employees to hand over personal electronic devices, the UK’s leading mobile operators have argued before the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

19 January 2021

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