Topic: Legislation and guidance

Schumer pressured to bring tech legislation for a vote

A growing group of lawmakers and advocacy groups are demanding that Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer bring the chamber’s self-preferencing legislation for a vote as concern swirls around his daughters’ work at two of the largest technology platforms.

25 July 2022

Luxembourg continues consultation on “widely desired” merger regime

A Luxembourg government consultation has found the proposed introduction of a merger control regime is “widely desired” although the nature of the system and notification thresholds require further discussion.

20 July 2022

Jordan set to introduce interim measure powers for antitrust cases

The Jordanian government has proposed amending the country’s competition law to expand abuse of dominance rules and allow national courts to issue interim injunctions in antitrust cases.

20 July 2022

Cartels by another name?

The Department of Justice has made clear that it intends to restart criminal prosecutions under Section 2 of the Sherman Act. Arnold & Porter partner Andre Geverola – a former director of criminal litigation at the Antitrust Division – explains why these charges will likely tie directly into the agency’s cartel enforcement and predicts what type of case it may bring first.

20 July 2022

General Court upholds EU’s landmark Illumina/Grail Article 22 review

The European Commission correctly interpreted Article 22 of its Merger Regulation when deciding to review Illumina’s below-threshold purchase of Grail since the provision clearly stipulates member states are entitled to refer “any concentration” to the authority, the EU’s General Court has ruled.

13 July 2022

Former EU competition commissioner implicated in ‘Uber Files’ leaks

Former EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes has been linked to violations of the bloc’s lobbying rules by reportedly urging politicians to “back off” investigations into Uber and offering to set up a meeting between the ride-hailing platform and an unnamed EU official.

11 July 2022

EU aims to create distinct teams to enforce DMA

The European Commission has said it will need at least 150 staff members to enforce the new Digital Markets Act, nearly double the amount it initially anticipated when the law was proposed two years ago.

05 July 2022

Ireland gets long-awaited administrative fines regime

Ireland’s president has officially approved highly-anticipated amendments to the country’s competition law, giving the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission the power to issue fines for anticompetitive conduct for the first time.

04 July 2022

Baer slams Big Tech criticisms of antitrust bills

Big tech’s doomsday predictions for the digital platform-focused bills that Congress is considering are overblown, a former head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

01 July 2022

EU consults on updating competition framework

The European Commission is collecting feedback on whether its antitrust rules remain “fit for purpose” or whether challenges brought by the digital economy mean the 20-year-old policy needs an update.

30 June 2022

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