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AT&T judge wrong to discount filings, says FCC

AT&T judge wrong to discount filings, says FCC

GCR USA - 15 August 2018

Judge Richard Leon erred by discrediting regulatory filings made by AT&T and DirecTV in his ruling to allow the AT&T/Time Warner merger, the Federal Communications Commission said in one of several amicus briefs submitted on Monday.

FCC speaks on AT&T/Time Warner: The Tipline for 15 August 2018

GCR USA - 15 August 2018

The Federal Communications Commission did little to get in the way of the AT&T/Time Warner tie-up during the merger review process, but the agency has now filed an amicus curiae brief in defence of evidence used by the Department of Justice as the Antitrust Division seeks to block the deal on appeal. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said last year that the agency did not have the authority to review the deal because AT&T was not acquiring any licences from Time Warner. Although the agency said it is not taking an official stance on the litigation, its brief certainly aids the Antitrust Division’s argument.

Malta proposes abolishing competition appeals tribunal

Malta proposes abolishing competition appeals tribunal

14 August 2018

Malta’s government is consulting on a series of amendments to its competition law, in part to remedy constitutional defects brought to light in 2016.

Royal Mail to appeal against record fine from regulator

Royal Mail to appeal against record fine from regulator

14 August 2018

The UK’s incumbent postal company has said it will appeal against a £50 million fine handed down by the country’s communications regulator for abusing its dominant position in the market for delivery of business letters.

Exclusive dealing incurs €3.5 million fine for Australian polycarb distributors

Exclusive dealing incurs €3.5 million fine for Australian polycarb distributors

14 August 2018

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered polycarbonate roofing distributors Palram and Ampelite to pay A$5.5 million (€3.5 million) in combined penalties for an exclusive dealing agreement with a third company – which is still fighting the charges.

Bayer/Monsanto conditions aren’t enough, say state enforcers

Bayer/Monsanto conditions aren’t enough, say state enforcers

GCR USA - 14 August 2018

Attorneys general from several states are calling for further conditions in the Department of Justice’s settlement of its concerns in the Bayer/Monsanto merger, saying that the proposed remedies are not enough to protect competition.

More on Monsanto: The Tipline for 14 August 2018

GCR USA - 14 August 2018

The Department of Justice conditionally cleared Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto in May, but several state attorneys general have said the agreed divestiture remedy is not enough to preserve competition and urged the Antitrust Division to impose further conditions. We have coverage of that, and of Apple’s and Qualcomm’s lawyers pushing back against separate antitrust claims.

Portugal hits Super Bock with RPM chargesheet

Portugal hits Super Bock with RPM chargesheet

13 August 2018

Portugal’s Competition Authority has sent a statement of objections to the brewer Super Bock Group and six of its directors for alleged resale price maintenance.

Egypt could stop potential Uber/Careem deal

Egypt could stop potential Uber/Careem deal

13 August 2018

Egypt’s Competition Authority will attempt to block any deal between Uber and Careem by relying on the country’s laws that prohibit anticompetitive agreements or abuse of dominance, a source close to the authority has said.

New competition head joins DLA Piper in Finland

New competition head joins DLA Piper in Finland

13 August 2018

DLA Piper has appointed Mika Oinonen as the new head of competition in the firm’s Helsinki office.