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Hassi joins Debevoise & Plimpton

Hassi joins Debevoise & Plimpton

GCR USA - 18 July 2018

Former Federal Trade Commission chief trial counsel Ted Hassi has left O’Melveny & Myers to become a partner in Debevoise & Plimpton’s Washington, DC, office.

Judge denies class cert to AndroGel plaintiffs

Judge denies class cert to AndroGel plaintiffs

GCR USA - 18 July 2018

Direct purchasers suing drugmakers over alleged pay-to-delay settlements can join together as plaintiffs rather than be certified as a class, a federal judge ruled this week.

FTC visits the Hill: The Tipline for 18 July 2018

GCR USA - 18 July 2018

The House of Representatives digital commerce and consumer protection subcommittee will host all five commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission for an oversight hearing today. Meanwhile, the agency’s lawyers continue their quest in its administrative tribunal against Ottobock’s consummated acquisition of Freedom Innovations. For now, check out our coverage of a denied class certification motion and a Capitol Hill hearing on discriminatory filtering among social media companies.

Internal documents might affect how rebates are viewed, lawyers warn

17 July 2018

Even after the European Court of Justice’s ruling in Intel indicated that loyalty rebates may not cause anticompetitive foreclosure, companies should still be aware of how their internal documents explaining the rationale for such discounts will be seen by enforcers and courts.

Italy fines football federation

Italy fines football federation

17 July 2018

Italy’s Antitrust Authority has fined the country’s football association €3.3 million for restricting individuals’ access to professional backroom roles in the sport.

South Africa’s parliament considers competition reforms

South Africa’s parliament considers competition reforms

17 July 2018

Lawmakers in South Africa are debating amendments to the country’s antitrust laws, which could challenge the Competition Commission’s jurisdiction to review deals that pose national security risks.

DG Comp advice on whistleblowers “doesn’t make sense”, says lawyer

DG Comp advice on whistleblowers “doesn’t make sense”, says lawyer

17 July 2018

A European lawyer and former litigator at the US Department of Justice has said that given how cartels operate, whistleblowers should not first have to go through an internal reporting system at their companies when reporting evidence of potential antitrust offences.

English judge rules on truck cartel disclosure

English judge rules on truck cartel disclosure

17 July 2018

In the first UK ruling on the disclosure of competition authority evidence under the EU damages directive, a judge has ordered DAF and Iveco to turn over a redacted version of the European Commission’s confidential truck cartel settlement to claimants seeking follow-on damages.

An interview with Devender Kumar Sikri

An interview with Devender Kumar Sikri

17 July 2018

Devender Kumar Sikri stepped down as chairman of the Competition Commission of India on 12 July. He spoke with Tom Madge-Wyld about the enforcer’s due process record, as well as the need for new fining guidelines and other potential changes to the country’s Competition Act

FCC to challenge Sinclair/Tribune

FCC to challenge Sinclair/Tribune

GCR USA - 17 July 2018

The Federal Communications Commission will challenge Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media in its administrative court.