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German minister grants rare ‘Phase III’ deal approval

German minister grants rare ‘Phase III’ deal approval

19 August 2019

A German minister has exercised his power to override the competition authority’s block on a bearings joint venture, by approving the deal on environmental grounds.

Austrian enforcer appeals dismissal of sugar cartel fines

Austrian enforcer appeals dismissal of sugar cartel fines

19 August 2019

Austria’s competition authority has appealed against a ruling that dismissed its proposed fine on sugar cartelists because they had already been fined for the conduct in Germany.

Ninth Circuit questions its place in patent ping-pong

Ninth Circuit questions its place in patent ping-pong

GCR USA - 19 August 2019

Two federal appellate judges have suggested that before they rule on a Walker Process case, it would be better to wait to see if the Supreme Court will decide which court has jurisdiction over claims that fraudulently acquiring a patent violates antitrust law.

Horizontal history: The Tipline for 19 August 2019

GCR USA - 19 August 2019

There are some moments in history that stick out in our minds. You undoubtedly remember where you were nine years ago today when the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice jointly issued a revised version of the Horizontal Merger Guidelines. The competition enforcers made the first significant revisions to the holy documents of US merger control in 18 years. Among other changes, the agencies updated the concentration thresholds determining whether a deal warrants further scrutiny and clarified that the enforcers do not use a single methodology in their analysis.

German court overturns €30 million Rossmann fine

German court overturns €30 million Rossmann fine

16 August 2019

A German court has overturned a €30 million resale price maintenance fine on drugstore chain Rossmann because an appeal court’s written judgment was filed out of time.

CADE tribunal needs more female representation, associations say

CADE tribunal needs more female representation, associations say

16 August 2019

Two Brazilian trade associations have written an open letter to members of the country’s government asking for more female representation at Brazil’s competition authority.

New Zealand to apply ‘modified total welfare approach’ to authorisations

New Zealand to apply ‘modified total welfare approach’ to authorisations

16 August 2019

New Zealand’s competition watchdog has updated its guidelines on how it examines requests from companies to adopt conduct that could otherwise breach its competition laws.

India launches “near simultaneous” merger approval process

India launches “near simultaneous” merger approval process

16 August 2019

India’s competition authority has amended its merger rules to allow for an expedited review of deals which cause no competition concerns.

UK enforcer denied in-depth review of Russian/Saudi news deal

UK enforcer denied in-depth review of Russian/Saudi news deal

16 August 2019

The UK’s competition authority cannot review a newspaper deal in depth because a government minister missed his deadline to refer the case on public interest grounds, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.

Not the Wright time for a vacation: The Tipline for 16 August 2019

GCR USA - 16 August 2019

The states amend their T-Mobile/Sprint lawsuit, an appellate court finds two dental suppliers had not agreed to arbitrate arbitrability and the Department of Justice’s antitrust division wants to take a closer look at United Technologies/Raytheon. We also take a look at three papers out this summer from Joshua Wright, a professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, who apparently does not understand the concept of summer vacation.