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EU enforcers clash over regulating the digital world

08 October 2019

Competition enforcers across Europe are divided over whether ex ante regulation is necessary to tackle market power in the digital economy.

CMA accuses another instrument maker of online RPM

CMA accuses another instrument maker of online RPM

08 October 2019

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has accused guitar manufacturer Fender Europe of resale price maintenance by restricting online discounts for its guitars, just months after hitting Casio with the agency's highest-ever RPM fine.

Vestager suggests tools to speed up enforcement

Vestager suggests tools to speed up enforcement

08 October 2019

Margrethe Vestager has suggested that the European Commission could adopt some of the UK’s competition tools and increase its use of interim measures to speed up enforcement.

Japan revises merger notification guidance for digital economy

08 October 2019

Japan’s competition watchdog has recommended that companies notify their tie-ups when the total value of the deal exceeds 40 billion yen (€339.3 million) and the merger is expected to affect Japanese consumers.

Criminal obstruction charges laid in Australian cartel investigation

Criminal obstruction charges laid in Australian cartel investigation

08 October 2019

Australia’s public prosecutor has criminally charged the former general manager of a major steel manufacturer with obstructing a cartel investigation.

Italy issues €3 million in bid-rigging fines

Italy issues €3 million in bid-rigging fines

08 October 2019

Italy’s Competition Authority has fined five companies more than €3 million for colluding on a tender for health and safety management services.

Microsoft VP: enforcers need a test for data sharing

Microsoft VP: enforcers need a test for data sharing

08 October 2019

Antitrust enforcement can “shift the culture” in technology companies, but it is often not the best way to remedy harms in the digital economy, a senior Microsoft official has said.

Why Antitrust VI: Easy to prove, hard to win

Why Antitrust VI: Easy to prove, hard to win

GCR USA - 08 October 2019

In this sixth instalment of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner Mark Rosman’s reminiscences about working for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, he learns the value of relaxing the witness in his first case as lead attorney.

Facebook, we need to talk: The Tipline for 8 October 2019

GCR USA - 08 October 2019

New York’s attorney general was reportedly in the nation’s capital yesterday to discuss the Department of Justice’s probe against Facebook with agency officials. Meanwhile, Snap chief executive Evan Spiegel spoke at a tech startup convention in San Francisco, where he said he suspects little will stem from the government’s antitrust investigations.

Hogan Lovells snags ex-FTC chief trial counsel

Hogan Lovells snags ex-FTC chief trial counsel

GCR USA - 08 October 2019

The Federal Trade Commission’s top antitrust litigator, Charles Loughlin, has joined the partnership at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC.