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Consider public priorities in competition policy, enforcer says

Consider public priorities in competition policy, enforcer says

23 May 2019

Competition enforcement should take broader public policy priorities into account, a senior member of an antitrust authority has said.

General Court rejects recycling company’s appeal

General Court rejects recycling company’s appeal

23 May 2019

The EU General Court has ruled against a French recycling company’s claim that it was excessively fined for its participation in a conspiracy to reduce how much it paid for scrap lead-acid automotive batteries.

Company kicked off Google platform ordered to pay costs

Company kicked off Google platform ordered to pay costs

23 May 2019

Unlockd has been ordered to pay Google £200,000 in legal costs after withdrawing an abuse of dominance lawsuit, despite the Australian start-up’s claim that Google’s conduct led to the “destruction” of its business.

Enforcers call for harmonising competition and consumer law

Enforcers call for harmonising competition and consumer law

23 May 2019

Competition enforcement and consumer protection should converge in the digital economy, officials from three national competition authorities have advised.

No evidence for acquisition problem in tech, says Hoffman

No evidence for acquisition problem in tech, says Hoffman

23 May 2019

No hard data right now show that serial acquisitions by big companies in digital markets are anticompetitive, the Federal Trade Commission’s competition director has said.

Federal Circuit ponders “smarmy” conduct

Federal Circuit ponders “smarmy” conduct

GCR USA - 23 May 2019

A semiconductor equipment maker’s conduct in securing a patent was “smarmy,” but likely does not constitute fraud nor a violation of US antitrust law, a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has said.

Happy birthday to Bill Barr: The Tipline for 23 May 2019

GCR USA - 23 May 2019

We’re not saying Judge Lucy Koh timed her Qualcomm ruling for the GCR Live conference in Silicon Valley yesterday, but it certainly made for good conversation. In a patent monopolisation case on the other side of the country, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments about whether failing to correct a misapprehension constitutes fraud. Meanwhile, Congressman David Cicilline pushed back against the amicus programme at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division.

Taiwanese government watchdog challenges Qualcomm settlement

Taiwanese government watchdog challenges Qualcomm settlement

22 May 2019

Taiwan’s chief government watchdog has proposed a corrective measure to a settlement between the country’s antitrust enforcer and US chipmaker Qualcomm, finding the deal was improper and lacked sufficient transparency.

European enforcers raid French supermarkets

European enforcers raid French supermarkets

22 May 2019

EU and French competition enforcers have searched French grocery retailers, as part of a probe reportedly targeting a joint purchasing alliance between Casino and Intermarché.

US FTC wins monopolisation claim against Qualcomm

US FTC wins monopolisation claim against Qualcomm

22 May 2019

A California federal judge has found that Qualcomm violated US antitrust law and ordered the company to cease anticompetitive practices in its supply of modem chips.