Portugal’s Competition Authority has sent a statement of objections to the brewer Super Bock Group and six of its directors for alleged resale price maintenance.
Taiwan’s competition authority has revoked most of the €653 million fine it imposed on Qualcomm last year for abusing its dominance in the mobile phone chip market, and instead reached commitments based on public interest considerations.
Material used by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to obtain a search warrant that is protected under public interest immunity cannot be disclosed even into a confidentiality ring, an English appeal court has ruled.
Judge Richard Leon erred by discrediting regulatory filings made by AT&T and DirecTV in his ruling to allow the AT&T/Time Warner merger, the Federal Communications Commission said in one of several amicus briefs submitted on Monday.
The Federal Communications Commission did little to get in the way of the AT&T/Time Warner tie-up during the merger review process, but the agency has now filed an amicus curiae brief in defence of evidence used by the Department of Justice as the Antitrust Division seeks to block the deal on appeal. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said last year that the agency did not have the authority to review the deal because AT&T was not acquiring any licences from Time Warner. Although the agency said it is not taking an official stance on the litigation, its brief certainly aids the Antitrust Division’s argument.
In 2018, the European Commission may not take concrete decisions about online platforms, but expect it to figure out its position.
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.
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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