Mastercard has suffered a setback in its UK interchange fee litigation battle, as the UK’s specialist competition tribunal refused to strike out parts of damages claims the card company alleged were time barred.
Amazon faces a third probe in Europe scrutinising its dual role as a platform and a retailer, now that Austria’s competition authority has launched an investigation into the platform’s alleged abuse of dominance.
Spain’s antitrust enforcer is investigating an alleged cartel between two nuclear imaging companies, while also examining if one of them abused its dominant position in the radiopharmaceuticals market.
Six weeks after being created, the largest US collegiate sports marketing company has agreed to abstain from agreements not to compete with rivals as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice’s antitrust division.
For the first time in eight years, Democrats control the US House of Representatives and its antitrust subcommittee. With that comes a bully pulpit, but also a big stick of investigation and potentially legislation.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Ingrid Vandenborre and associate Stanislas de Villoutreys advise Aspen Pharmacare in relation to the ongoing proceeding of the European Commission that excludes Italy. In their commentary, they consider that the Aspen decision of Italy’s Competition Authority, upheld by the Regional Administrative Tribunal of Lazio’s judgment, has skipped the unfairness analysis set out by European Court of Justice in United Brands. The commentary is based on the Aspen decision and judgment as published.
An ethos that dominant players need to leave space for rivals because competitors are necessary to provide competition, low prices and choice may explain some differences between EU and US enforcement, Cecilio Madero Villarejo has said. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live Miami
Plaintiff’s side law firm Hausfeld has teamed up with a public affairs consultancy to set up the Google Redress & Integrity Platform (GRIP), which aims to attract potential clients seeking redress against the technology company over its allegedly anti-competitive practices.
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