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Spanish enforcer returns to spoiled milk probe

Spanish enforcer returns to spoiled milk probe

11 January 2019

Spain’s competition authority will reopen an investigation into an alleged cartel in the dairy market, after a national court overturned the enforcer’s original €88 million fine last year because of a due process error.

Singapore secures commitments in refusal to deal investigation

Singapore secures commitments in refusal to deal investigation

11 January 2019

Two companies have promised Singapore’s antitrust watchdog that they will supply spare lift parts on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms to qualified purchasers who perform maintenance at public housing estates.

The Copyright Killer

The Copyright Killer

GCR USA - 11 January 2019

Antitrust agencies see copyright protection as a key driver of a competitive, innovative economy. But musicians, record labels and other copyright holders say that Google degrades their intellectual property rights through a combination of market power, regulatory capture and political sway. Should antitrust enforcers step in? Ron Knox reports

Au pairs settle antitrust claims

Au pairs settle antitrust claims

GCR USA - 11 January 2019

A class of au pairs have settled litigation with the programme sponsors they had accused of conspiring to keep their pay below minimum wage.

Weekend long read: The Tipline for 11 January 2019

GCR USA - 11 January 2019

The briefing today includes a GCR USA Analysis from the upcoming quarterly magazine, which takes up the theme of intellectual property and antitrust. We also cover the au pair settlement, more shutdown woes and what Apple claims to want in a board member.

EU probes Netherlands over Nike tax rulings

EU probes Netherlands over Nike tax rulings

10 January 2019

The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into whether Dutch tax rulings issued between 2006 and 2015 to global sportswear company Nike amounted to illegal state aid.

Vestager reframes debate on “true” European champions

Vestager reframes debate on “true” European champions

10 January 2019

The EU’s top competition enforcer has asked European governments to help businesses of all sizes become “European champions” that benefit society, but emphasised that the enforcer will not favour EU companies over foreign rivals.

Port alliance probed in Hong Kong

Port alliance probed in Hong Kong

10 January 2019

Hong Kong’s antitrust enforcer is investigating whether a new alliance between four port terminal operators at the territory’s main container shipping facility runs afoul of competition law.

Philippines food company offers remedies

Philippines food company offers remedies

10 January 2019

One of the Philippines’ largest branded food and beverage product companies has offered commitments to allay the Philippine Competition Commission’s concerns that its purchase of a sugar mill would harm competition.

Cartel fines declined in 2018, report says

Cartel fines declined in 2018, report says

GCR USA - 10 January 2019

Global cartel fines dipped for the second consecutive year in 2018 as penalties issued by antitrust enforcers in the US, EU, China and Mexico declined, according to a report by the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.