Topic: Legislation and guidance

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The UK’s antitrust watchdog has amended its draft guidance on the functions of its Subsidy Advice Unit to further clarify the treatment of confidential information and the contents of its advisory reports.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

Australian government bolsters sanctions regime

Australian lawmakers have hiked the maximum penalties payable for competition law violations, marking the first time in 30 years that base maximum fines for these violations have increased.

02 November 2022

Vestager: “We are recalibrating globalisation”

Competition policy must not lose sight of long-term financial and environmental security when responding to the current energy crisis, officials including the EU’s competition commissioner have warned.

27 October 2022

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