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Celebrity antitrust: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 11 October 2019

10 October 2019

To help fend off claims in Indonesia that it engaged in discriminatory conduct, popular ride-hailing company Grab has retained the services of a lawyer named Hotman Paris Hutapea. He has acted in some of the country’s highest-profile cases, and his LinkedIn page lists international finance, bankruptcy, administrative and criminal law as his areas of expertise. With 4.1 million Instagram followers, he may be the first social media celebrity to defend an antitrust case. At times accused of unscrupulous practices in a corrupt Indonesian legal world, Hutapea was quoted in the New York Times in 2010 as saying: “If I say I’m a clean lawyer, I’ll be a hypocrite, that’s all I can say. And if other lawyers say they are clean, they will go to jail, they’ll go to hell.”

Korea punishes 18-year cartel

Korea punishes 18-year cartel

10 October 2019

Korea’s antitrust watchdog has fined six transportation companies 12.73 billion won (€9.68 million) for colluding on bids to import brown rice for eight municipal governments from 2000 to 2018.

FTC economist: natural experiments compellingly depict close competitors

FTC economist: natural experiments compellingly depict close competitors

GCR USA - 10 October 2019

Natural experiments that provide empirical evidence of the effect of certain variables can be “really compelling” because they show what actually happened due to a merger, an economist at the Federal Trade Commission has said.

It’s only natural: The Tipline for 10 October 2019

GCR USA - 10 October 2019

Rohit Chopra has dismissed rumours of partisan divide among the Federal Trade Commission’s commissioners as a “complete myth”. Speaking of the FTC, agency economist Nathan Petek yesterday praised natural experiments in merger reviews as an effective way to identify close competitors.

CNMC fines 19 industrial maintenance companies for bid-rigging

CNMC fines 19 industrial maintenance companies for bid-rigging

09 October 2019

Spain’s competition authority has issued €54.26 million in fines to 19 industrial maintenance companies over a cartel aimed at increasing how much they could charge for their repair services.

National court rejects ECJ ruling on damages

National court rejects ECJ ruling on damages

09 October 2019

A first instance court in Portugal has ruled that a damages claim is time-barred by national law – rejecting a European Court of Justice judgment that EU law overrides national legislation.

COFECE defends new legal privilege regulation

COFECE defends new legal privilege regulation

09 October 2019

Mexico’s antitrust enforcer has responded to impartiality and procedural concerns raised by practitioners regarding its new attorney-client privilege rules.

Ninth Circuit revives shipping company’s monopoly conspiracy claim

Ninth Circuit revives shipping company’s monopoly conspiracy claim

GCR USA - 09 October 2019

A California court rightly dismissed a Sherman Act section 1 claim but not one of the section 2 claims brought over an exclusive lease to the only freight port on California’s Santa Catalina island, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled.

Did somebody say dissent?: The Tipline for 9 October 2019

GCR USA - 09 October 2019

An appellate panel voted Monday to remand back to a lower court conspiracy to monopolise claims in the Curtin Maritime v Santa Catalina Island Company lawsuit. That part of the decision was unanimous, but the panel divided on Curtin’s Sherman Act section 1 claims, with the majority affirming a California judge’s finding that Curtin did not adequately allege antitrust injury. Also, it has been reported that roughly 40 state attorneys general may be teaming up with the Department of Justice to put a stop to Facebook’s alleged anticompetitive conduct.

Germany finalises amendments to competition law

Germany finalises amendments to competition law

08 October 2019

Germany’s government has drafted amendments to its competition law that would shift the standards for challenging dominant market players, according to two lawyers who have seen drafts of the amendment.