Topic: Legislation and guidance

Lasserre tasked with competition and data privacy convergence

France’s data regulator has asked the renowned former head of the national antitrust agency to determine how to better align the two areas of enforcement in light of the EU’s upcoming digital regulation.

06 December 2022

Failing firm defence comes down to takeover strategy, French mergers head says

The head of the French antitrust enforcer's mergers unit has said companies should not be scared of invoking the failing firm defence during merger reviews, but warned that internal documents and the manner of takeover are key to gaining approval.

02 December 2022

Senate grills Kroger/Albertsons on failed Haggen divestitures

The collapse of divestitures from a previous Albertsons merger undermines claims that spin-offs can prevent competitive harm from the grocer’s $24.6 billion sale to Kroger, several lawmakers have said.

30 November 2022

Austria urges top court to intervene in construction cartel case

Austria’s antitrust watchdog has asked the country’s highest court to rebuke a lower court for refusing to review and amend a leniency applicant’s cartel fine, arguing that the purported legal loophole does not exist.

25 November 2022

Brazil introduces double damages for private antitrust claims

New private antitrust litigation rules have gone live in Brazil, allowing for the rare award of double damages against cartel members and clarifying that defendants must demonstrate that pass-on actually occurred.

21 November 2022

Canadian government proposes further amendments to Competition Act

The Canadian government is mulling further competition law amendments, including bolstering the antitrust watchdog’s decision-making powers and altering the efficiencies defence, after several major changes were already introduced in a budget bill this summer.

18 November 2022

Senate counsel laments difficulties of antitrust reform

The combination of ideological division, limited budgets and a singular focus on digital markets have created obstacles to passing competition legislation aimed at curbing the power of Big Tech, the Senate’s top Republican antitrust lawyer has said.

18 November 2022

Complainant behind Indian Google investigation seeks new regulatory regime

A complainant that convinced the Competition Commission of India to investigate and eventually fine Google €114 million for forcing application developers to use its own billing store has called for an ex ante regulatory framework to govern app aggregators.

16 November 2022

CMA addresses confidentiality concerns in new subsidy regime guidance

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has amended its draft guidance on the functions of its Subsidy Advice Unit to further clarify the treatment of confidential information and the contents of its advisory reports.

14 November 2022

FTC outlines expansive vision for defining fair competition

The Federal Trade Commission has published guidelines that the agency claims restore its mandate to prosecute conduct far beyond what is prohibited by the Sherman and Clayton Acts.

11 November 2022

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