All Articles

Laitenberger: regulators need to catch up with DG Comp on digital

Laitenberger: regulators need to catch up with DG Comp on digital

18 October 2018

It is time for regulators to answer questions about the European Commission’s allegedly uneven enforcement record in digital markets, Johannes Laitenberger has said.

Agencies can presume innovation concerns, former FTC economist says

18 October 2018

Antitrust enforcers are entitled to presume a threat to competition based solely on harm to innovation in a clearly contained and delineated market, a former chief economist at the US Federal Trade Commission has said.

UK enforcer: competition policy may need more than antitrust law

UK enforcer: competition policy may need more than antitrust law

18 October 2018

A senior official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said that tailored regulation may be required to overcome the commercial frictions that competition law cannot remove.

Wool deal probed in New Zealand

Wool deal probed in New Zealand

18 October 2018

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has opened an investigation into the acquisition of a majority stake in the country’s only wool-scouring company by the owner of the country’s only wool-dumping company – after the companies failed to notify the deal.

Philippines fines Grab and Uber

Philippines fines Grab and Uber

18 October 2018

The Philippine Competition Commission has fined Grab and Uber approximately €258,000 for violating interim measures that required the companies to maintain business independence while the enforcer investigated their merger.

Italy probes taxi company’s non-compete clauses

Italy probes taxi company’s non-compete clauses

18 October 2018

Italy’s antitrust watchdog has launched an investigation into a cab company accused of abusing its dominant position by using non-compete clauses in its contracts with drivers.

Ex-trader testifies to Forex job losses

Ex-trader testifies to Forex job losses

GCR USA - 18 October 2018

The government’s cooperating witness in the prosecution of three currency traders accused of coordinating US dollar and Euro bids said he knew of at least 50 bankers whose employment ended following a probe by international enforcers.

Arizona sues dental supplier

Arizona sues dental supplier

GCR USA - 18 October 2018

Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich has sued Benco Dental Supply – one of the dental supply distributors currently on trial at the Federal Trade Commission – claiming that it engaged in anticompetitive and deceptive acts that stifled competition in the state’s dental industry.

“Damn good” enforcers: The Tipline for 18 October 2018

GCR USA - 18 October 2018

A former deputy at the Antitrust Division has expressed confidence in the power of US enforcers to tackle acquisitions by technology giants. We also have coverage of state attorneys general filing lawsuits against dental and pharmaceutical companies, and more from the trial of three traders accused of coordinating foreign exchange bids. You can also now save the date for oral arguments for the DOJ’s appeal against the AT&T/Time Warner decision.

Ex-enforcers say existing law can protect nascent competition

Ex-enforcers say existing law can protect nascent competition

GCR USA - 18 October 2018

Amid growing controversy regarding technology giants acquiring companies that could challenge their dominance, former senior officials at the US antitrust agencies insist that those bodies already have the tools they need to safeguard new entrants in the digital markets.