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New Zealand warns veterinarians

New Zealand warns veterinarians

10 January 2018

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has warned VetLife not to enter into any future supply agreements with rival veterinarians, after the enforcer found the company became part of an illegal price-fixing arrangement in 2015.

Attempted bribery of competition enforcer results in penalty

Attempted bribery of competition enforcer results in penalty

09 January 2018

A Lithuanian court has sentenced an employee of an agricultural machinery company to a suspended two-year prison term and a fine of €7,500 for attempting to bribe a Lithuanian Competition Council official in a bid-rigging case.

Google and Facebook to be examined in Israel

Google and Facebook to be examined in Israel

09 January 2018

Prompted by a parliamentary committee, the head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority has said that the enforcer will look at whether companies including Google and Facebook have violated the country’s antitrust law.

European Commission lawyer takes silk

European Commission lawyer takes silk

09 January 2018

European Commission legal service lawyer Nicholas Khan has been appointed Queen's Counsel, becoming the first lawyer to have been nominated as QC while working in any European Union institution.

Hot Docs: The ups and downs of horizontal shareholding and vertical enforcement

GCR USA - 09 January 2018

It may be icy outside, but at least the days are getting longer and we have curated a selection of the hottest docs in antitrust for you. And they run the gamut – from a study by economic academics on airline collusion; to a federal judge’s opinion in a North Dakota merger; to a Harvard University law professor who says that horizontal shareholding leads to decreased competition; to economists who have found that a high concentration in the labour market leads to a decrease in employees’ wages.

Judge rejects antitrust standard for FRAND violations

Judge rejects antitrust standard for FRAND violations

GCR USA - 09 January 2018

A federal judge in California last month rejected an antitrust-based approach to standard-essential patent royalties, ruling that a SEP-holder can be in violation of a commitment to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms even if there is no harm to competition.

Heresy in the court: The Tipline for 9 January 2018

GCR USA - 09 January 2018

Today’s lead story is about a ruling that reached the exact opposite conclusion of most cases on which we report.

Dutch authority head to depart

09 January 2018

The head of the Netherlands’ competition authority, Chris Fonteijn, will leave office on 1 May.

Romania fines electricity meter cartels

Romania fines electricity meter cartels

08 January 2018

Romania’s Competition Council has imposed €15.8 million in fines against a pair of cartels that rigged bids for the supply of electricity meters.

Euclid hires in Brussels

Euclid hires in Brussels

08 January 2018

Competition law boutique Euclid Law has recruited its fifth partner.