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US DOJ official defends level of anti-cartel activity

24 June 2019

The US Department of Justice’s antitrust division may be at the end of the life cycle for some major cartel probes but still has “over 90” investigations open, the agency’s special counsel for criminal policy has said.

Peruvian authority faces structural overhaul

Peruvian authority faces structural overhaul

24 June 2019

Peru’s parliament has suggested combining the independent investigative and sanctioning branches of its national competition authority, in response to allegations that cases take too long to resolve.

Norway upholds record fine on Telenor

Norway upholds record fine on Telenor

24 June 2019

In a two-to-one decision, Norway’s competition tribunal has upheld a 788 million NOK (€83.5 million) fine on telecoms company Telenor for abusing its dominant position in the country’s mobile telephone market.

ACCC advises on repeal of IP competition exemption

ACCC advises on repeal of IP competition exemption

24 June 2019

Australia’s antitrust watchdog has issued draft guidelines on how it will enforce its competition law against conduct that involves intellectual property rights following the repeal of an exemption that immunised certain conduct.

A song of Blizzard and Sunshine: The Tipline for 24 June 2019

GCR USA - 24 June 2019

Even without the Department of Justice in the room, the hearing on Friday on states’ challenge to T-Mobile/Sprint displayed a concentration of antitrust minds. The litigation in Manhattan federal court now features 14 state attorneys general and counsel from eight different law firms. Judge Victor Marrero noted that the proceedings pit opposing forces of nature against each other, as Keker & Van Nest partner Paula Blizzard argued for the state plaintiffs against defence counsel Steven Sunshine at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Sunshine said a settlement between the merging companies and the DOJ is imminent, and that all parties should be ready to go for a 7 October trial. Blizzard said the terms of that settlement – specifically whether the agency finds a need for fourth major competitor – could put the agreed-upon schedule in flux.

Congress should return to active role in antitrust, Cicilline says

Congress should return to active role in antitrust, Cicilline says

GCR USA - 24 June 2019

Congress should play an active role in antitrust enforcement and competition policy, the chairman of the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee said on Thursday.

Enforcers approve Harris/L3 defence merger

Enforcers approve Harris/L3 defence merger

21 June 2019

The US Department of Justice and the European Commission have conditionally approved the merger of US defence companies Harris and L3 Technologies, pending the divestiture of Harris’s night vision business.

T-Mobile and Sprint say DOJ settlement is imminent

T-Mobile and Sprint say DOJ settlement is imminent

21 June 2019

The US Department of Justice is close to reaching a settlement resolving the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, counsel to the merging companies said in a status conference hearing on Friday.

CADE settles pair of auto parts probes

CADE settles pair of auto parts probes

21 June 2019

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has reached two cease-and-desist agreements, totalling 71 million reais (€16.3 million) in payments from an Italian company and its employees, as part of its exhaust systems and spare automotive parts investigations.

UK appeals state aid tax decision to General Court

UK appeals state aid tax decision to General Court

21 June 2019

The United Kingdom has appealed against a European Commission decision finding it granted illegal state aid to several multinational companies.