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Collaborative spirit: The Tipline for 25 March 2020

GCR USA - 25 March 2020

The federal antitrust agencies came together yesterday, promising to advise businesses on the legality of potential coronavirus-related collaborations within seven calendar days of receiving sufficient information to evaluate the proposal. That announcement comes only a few days after the agencies themselves worked together outside of the coronavirus context to discourage California from adopting new regulations for beer distribution. Competition observers said yesterday’s statement shows the agencies are adapting their work to fit the demands of the public health crisis.

“Excellent” Coscelli granted second term at CMA

“Excellent” Coscelli granted second term at CMA

24 March 2020

Andrea Coscelli has been reappointed as head of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, in a move that one lawyer has termed an “easy call”.

CMA alleges more RPM in musical instrument e-commerce sector

CMA alleges more RPM in musical instrument e-commerce sector

24 March 2020

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has accused two more musical instrument suppliers of imposing minimum prices on retailers through the use of “all-seeing” online price-monitoring software.

ECN gives green light to supplier cooperation

ECN gives green light to supplier cooperation

24 March 2020

The European Competition Network said it will not intervene in “necessary and temporary” cooperation between companies to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

FTC, DOJ discourage California from adopting new beer distribution rules

FTC, DOJ discourage California from adopting new beer distribution rules

GCR USA - 24 March 2020

The federal antitrust agencies have told a California lawmaker that proposed state beer distribution regulations could adversely affect craft brewers and harm competition.

DOJ urges dismissal of Apple and Intel patent aggregator lawsuit

DOJ urges dismissal of Apple and Intel patent aggregator lawsuit

GCR USA - 24 March 2020

A California district court should dismiss Intel and Apple’s antitrust claims that a patent aggregator mounted “endless” and “meritless” licensing litigation, the Department of Justice has argued.

Springtime sadness: The Tipline for 24 March 2020

GCR USA - 24 March 2020

The world has spoken: spring 2020 is cancelled. GCR USA votes to skip the rest of this season and head straight to “early summer”. That is when Attorney General William Barr told the Wall Street Journal he hopes it will be “decision time” with respect to the Department of Justice’s probe into market leading digital platforms.

Egypt takes aim at suspected chicken broker cartel

Egypt takes aim at suspected chicken broker cartel

23 March 2020

Egypt’s Competition Authority has alleged that five poultry brokers used WhatsApp messages and Facebook groups to collude to fix the price of chicken across Egypt.

Spanish court refers Mercedes-Benz trucks case to ECJ

Spanish court refers Mercedes-Benz trucks case to ECJ

23 March 2020

A Spanish court has asked the European Court of Justice to issue a preliminary ruling on whether a subsidiary can be held liable for its parent company’s conduct.

Japan flags concerns in the restaurant review space

Japan flags concerns in the restaurant review space

23 March 2020

Unilateral changes to terms and conditions by restaurant review websites could constitute an abuse of superior bargaining power, Japan’s competition authority has said.