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States cue arguments against DOJ settlement

States cue arguments against DOJ settlement

GCR USA - 16 August 2019

The Department of Justice’s T-Mobile/Sprint settlement does not fix the competitive harm caused by the deal, a coalition of states challenging the merger has argued.

Buckle up: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 16 August 2019

15 August 2019

It has been a busy few weeks in Asia-Pacific. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims spoke publicly for the first time since his agency released its final report on digital platforms; India seems to have ramped up its enforcement after a relatively quiet first half of the year; Korea nominated a new antitrust boss; major global companies came under fire; and much more.

Visa and MasterCard interchange fees are anticompetitive, says Mauritian enforcer

Visa and MasterCard interchange fees are anticompetitive, says Mauritian enforcer

15 August 2019

The Competition Commission of Mauritius has ordered Visa and MasterCard to cap their interchange fees after finding the credit card issuers abused their dominance by setting unreasonably high rates.

CMA orders Tobii/Smartbox to unwind deal

CMA orders Tobii/Smartbox to unwind deal

15 August 2019

The UK’s competition authority has forced two assistive communication technology companies to unwind their consummated merger.

Job websites accuse Google of abuse and destruction

Job websites accuse Google of abuse and destruction

15 August 2019

The European Commission is assessing a letter sent to its competition commissioner by 23 operators of job search websites, who claim that Google abuses its dominance by promoting its own job search tool at the expense of its rivals.

Shearman, Jones Day steer Viacom/CBS reunion

Shearman, Jones Day steer Viacom/CBS reunion

GCR USA - 15 August 2019

Viacom and CBS have tapped Shearman & Sterling and Jones Day, respectively, to handle antitrust matters for the media companies’ proposed re-combination.

Reunited, and it feels so good: The Tipline for 15 August 2019

GCR USA - 15 August 2019

National Amusements Inc president Shari Redstone is poised to become one of the media industry’s most powerful moguls, now that NAI subsidiaries Viacom and CBS plan to join forces again. The ViacomCBS entity would bring together CBS, the CW and Showtime with Viacom’s BET, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and film studio Paramount, along with many more brands in the US and overseas – for example, there’s a BET UK.

South Africa greenlights BAT’s vaping deal

South Africa greenlights BAT’s vaping deal

14 August 2019

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has conditionally cleared British American Tobacco’s acquisition of an e-cigarette seller after the country’s antitrust enforcer had initially recommended blocking the deal.

CMA proposes Aspen pay-for-delay settlement

CMA proposes Aspen pay-for-delay settlement

14 August 2019

The UK’s competition authority has provisionally accepted a £10.1 million settlement from Aspen over an agreement that prevented the entry of a competing version of the drug fludrocortisone.

LPG cartel fined again in India

LPG cartel fined again in India

14 August 2019

India’s competition authority has fined a group of liquid petroleum gas cylinder companies and individuals for cartel conduct – less than a year after the country’s Supreme Court nullified penalties in a similar case.