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DG Comp looking into common ownership, says Vestager

19 February 2018

Margrethe Vestager has said the European Commission is looking “carefully” into the issue of common ownership, and has begun the “complex task” to find out if it is frequent in Europe.

Pakistan issues paint charges

Pakistan issues paint charges

19 February 2018

Pakistan’s competition agency has charged a paint manufacturer and 10 of its dealers with resale price maintenance and operating a downstream cartel in the market for the supply of paint in the region of Multan.

US clarifies no-poach prosecution plans

US clarifies no-poach prosecution plans

19 February 2018

Companies that ceased colluding on employee wages or the allocation of jobs upon the announcement of the US Department of Justice’s plan to criminally prosecute such conduct will likely be pursued only civilly, the head of the DOJ’s antitrust division has said.

Judge to rule on Trump documents in US v AT&T

Judge to rule on Trump documents in US v AT&T

19 February 2018

Judge Richard Leon on Tuesday will rule on whether lawyers defending the AT&T/Time Warner merger can pursue documents that would indicate whether the White House ordered the US Department of Justice to block the acquisition.

Singapore probes Uber deal

Singapore probes Uber deal

19 February 2018

Singapore’s antitrust watchdog today opened an in-depth review of a regional transport company’s buyout of an Uber business, following concerns the deal could be a merger-to-monopoly.

UK iiyama litigation should go to trial, appeal court rules

UK iiyama litigation should go to trial, appeal court rules

16 February 2018

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has ruled that iiyama’s lawsuits against liquid crystal display and cathode ray tube cartelists should go to trial, after a lower court found at a preliminary stage that the claimant’s indirect purchases from the global cartels fell outside the scope of EU antitrust law.

Japanese enforcer hits HDD suspension cartel with €7.5 million fine

Japanese enforcer hits HDD suspension cartel with €7.5 million fine

16 February 2018

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has fined NHK Nippatsu and a subsidiary 1 billion yen (€7.5 million) for participating in a hard disk drive suspension cartel.

Australia eyes stricter rules for immunity applicants

Australia eyes stricter rules for immunity applicants

16 February 2018

A member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said the agency is reviewing its immunity policy due to concerns that applicants are failing to promptly provide documents and witnesses that would fully inform it of the cartel.

US probes billion-dollar-a-year overcharge

16 February 2018

The US Department of Justice’s antitrust division is investigating a specific matter where the government is believed to have been overcharged by more than $1 billion a year, the enforcer’s head revealed today.

DG Comp takes Praxair/Linde to Phase II

DG Comp takes Praxair/Linde to Phase II

16 February 2018

The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into the proposed tie-up of two of the world’s four largest gas suppliers, following concerns that the deal could lead to higher prices and reduce choice for consumers and businesses.