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Judges pick market definition for their effects intuition, FTC merger head says

Judges pick market definition for their effects intuition, FTC merger head says

GCR USA - 17 April 2018

While the antitrust agencies have adopted modern economics and engage in market definition with an eye toward litigation, judges tend to agree with the market definition that will fit a merger decision they have made based on effects, the head of the Federal Trade Commission’s healthcare merger shop said last week.

Belated happy birthday to Commissioner Vestager: The Tipline for 17 April 2018

GCR USA - 17 April 2018

We are back from DC Emancipation Day – the holiday commemorating the freeing of slaves in Washington, DC – with your AT&T/Time Warner trial coverage and some final thoughts from the American Bar Association’s antitrust spring meeting last week.

Google faces injunction request

Google faces injunction request

16 April 2018

Australian startup Unlockd has sought an injunction in English court to prevent Google from cutting off Unlockd’s access to two Google platforms.

Civil liability adds uncertainty for potential leniency applicants, says Louis

Civil liability adds uncertainty for potential leniency applicants, says Louis

16 April 2018

The risk of follow-on damages claims in Europe is a “contributing factor” in the difficulty of convincing a company to enter into a leniency programme, and has increased “uncertainty” for practitioners in advising clients, a Brussels lawyer said last week.

Law firms hire at senior levels worldwide

Law firms hire at senior levels worldwide

16 April 2018

Antitrust practices around the world recently added new partners, counsels and an in-house economist.

El Salvador probes LPG companies

El Salvador probes LPG companies

16 April 2018

El Salvador’s competition authority has launched an investigation into four liquefied petroleum gas companies for possible price-fixing.

DG Comp does not favour competitors, Vestager says

DG Comp does not favour competitors, Vestager says

13 April 2018

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has denied that the European Commission favours competitors over consumers, calling such a notion a “crazy” idea.

Norway raids grocery retailers

Norway raids grocery retailers

13 April 2018

Norway’s competition watchdog has raided several grocery retailers over concerns the companies may have illegally shared commercially sensitive information.

“Monopoly problem” is a politically convenient message, Delrahim says

“Monopoly problem” is a politically convenient message, Delrahim says

13 April 2018

Painting a picture of the US having a monopoly problem is politically convenient as a populist message for both sides of the aisle, the head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

DG Comp official: no presumption of harm in innovation analysis

13 April 2018

A senior official at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has denied accusations it presumes high-market-share mergers will harm innovation when reviewing a deal’s competitive effects.