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Ohhh, we’re halfway there: The Tipline for 15 January 2019

GCR USA - 15 January 2019

Today marks the halfway point in the Federal Trade Commission’s trial against Qualcomm, and the agency has started bringing in expert witnesses, two of whom testified yesterday. Today is the FTC’s last day before it rests its case, yielding the floor to Qualcomm. Also, Judge Richard Leon continues his standoff with the Department of Justice’s antitrust division and Congressional Democrats have demanded information about price increases and market shares from 12 pharmaceutical companies.

German enforcer reportedly opposes Siemens/Alstom

German enforcer reportedly opposes Siemens/Alstom

14 January 2019

Germany’s competition authority has joined several other national enforcers in opposing the proposed Siemens/Alstom merger, according to news media.

Indonesia fines construction cartel

Indonesia fines construction cartel

14 January 2019

Indonesia’s antitrust watchdog has fined three companies and sanctioned several government officials for a bid-rigging conspiracy on a bridge project.

Procedure trips up Spanish enforcer again

Procedure trips up Spanish enforcer again

14 January 2019

A Spanish court has annulled a €57 million cartel fine because the national competition authority’s investigation exceeded the maximum allowed duration by five days.

MoFo recruits from Latham in Tokyo

MoFo recruits from Latham in Tokyo

14 January 2019

Daiske Yoshida has left Latham & Watkins after more than 20 years at the firm to join Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office as a partner.

FTC commissioner: no staff for second requests

FTC commissioner: no staff for second requests

GCR USA - 14 January 2019

Companies can still file new mergers during the government shutdown and the antitrust agencies will initially review them, but no staff are available to work on most deals sent to a second request, a member of the Federal Trade Commission has said.

Apple exec: Qualcomm’s rebates made rival chips too expensive

Apple exec: Qualcomm’s rebates made rival chips too expensive

GCR USA - 14 January 2019

Qualcomm’s exclusive incentive agreement with Apple forced the phone maker to choose Qualcomm products over other chipmakers’ despite their competence, an Apple executive said on Friday.

Snowed in: The Tipline for 14 January 2019

GCR USA - 14 January 2019

The US capital is shut down today not just by the lack of appropriations to fund the government, but also by nature, after almost a foot of snow fell over the weekend. We have stories about how the longer-running shutdown is affecting merger work and also on competing testimonies from Apple and Qualcomm executives at the Federal Trade Commission v Qualcomm trial in California.

Choices, challenges and collaboration at Norway’s Competition Authority

Choices, challenges and collaboration at Norway’s Competition Authority

11 January 2019

With a new Nordic Cooperation Agreement slowly ushering in renewed collaboration among Scandinavian antitrust enforcers, GCR spoke to the head of Norway’s Competition Authority about tough choices, challenges and how the enforcer is tackling its leniency problem.

Four new competition silks appointed in UK

Four new competition silks appointed in UK

11 January 2019

Four of the 108 Queen’s Counsel appointments announced in the UK on Thursday are barristers with substantial competition experience.