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KFTC looking into broadcasting and media industry

KFTC looking into broadcasting and media industry

26 April 2019

Korea’s antitrust watchdog is examining competition in the broadcast and media industries to check on the rapid growth of over-the-top providers such as YouTube and Netflix, GCR has confirmed.

Unwanted legacies: The Tipline for 26 April 2019

GCR USA - 26 April 2019

It’s been a year since the Department of Justice announced its mission to eliminate outdated antitrust legacy judgments. We spoke with DOJ officials and former agency lawyers about the status of the initiative and whether the labour-intensive process to terminate these consent decrees is an appropriate use of the government's resources.

Spring cleaning: a year into the DOJ’s review of old judgments

GCR USA - 26 April 2019

One year has passed since the Department of Justice’s antitrust division formally began reviewing almost 1,300 legacy antitrust judgments to determine if they still protect competition.

Chile and South Africa clamp down on roll-on, roll-off cartels

Chile and South Africa clamp down on roll-on, roll-off cartels

25 April 2019

Chile’s competition tribunal has fined two shipping companies that participated in the global roll-on, roll-off shipping cartel, a day after South Africa’s competition authority recommended that a shipping liner be punished for its role in the same conspiracy.

CMA kills Sainsbury’s/Asda deal

CMA kills Sainsbury’s/Asda deal

25 April 2019

By blocking the proposed tie-up between major UK supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Asda, the UK’s competition enforcer has set a strikingly low bar for intervention that will make it almost impossible for the Big Four chains to merge in future, lawyers have said.

French enforcer expands scope of television advertising market definition

French enforcer expands scope of television advertising market definition

25 April 2019

France’s Competition Authority has fundamentally altered how it will define the country’s television advertising market in future, after dropping an abuse of dominance probe into the operator of the country’s most popular tv channel.

India clears merger after Phase II without divestiture for first time

India clears merger after Phase II without divestiture for first time

25 April 2019

The Competition Commission of India has conditionally cleared Schneider Electric India’s acquisition of Larsen & Toubro’s electrical and automation business subject to behavioural remedies.

Taiwan fines concrete companies

Taiwan fines concrete companies

25 April 2019

Taiwan’s antitrust watchdog has handed down €1.7 million in fines to five ready-mix concrete companies for conspiring to raise prices in violation of the country’s concerted practices rules.

ICN multilateral framework is step in right direction, lawyers say

ICN multilateral framework is step in right direction, lawyers say

25 April 2019

Lawyers around the world have welcomed the International Competition Network’s adoption of a new multilateral framework ensuring procedural enforcement safeguards, but warned it is the first step in a long process.

The price of loyalty: The Tipline for 25 April 2019

GCR USA - 25 April 2019

While much of the US media was focused on reports that Facebook is facing a looming 10-digit fine from the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection branch, the agency’s Bureau of Competition unsealed a lawsuit against an e-prescription services company yesterday. The complaint includes allegations that touch on an interesting mixture of antitrust topics: a two-sided market, loyalty contracts, non-compete agreements and competitive threats.