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European Court of Justice Upholds Use of Evidence from Noncompetition Authority

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The European Court of Justice ("CoJ") has upheld the European Commission's use of evidence transmitted by a national authority other than a Member State competition authority in a cartel investigation. The CoJ ruled on April...more

Non-Competition Clauses: Enforceable or Just for Show?

by Field Law on

When can a non-competition clause actually stop someone from working? Or are these clauses just for show? Let's take a look at a couple of cases involving departing employees who find themselves in hot water with a former...more

Changes to competition law: The Misuse of Market Power Bill

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The Senate is currently considering changes to the misuse of market power provisions in section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)....more

European Commission Sets its Sights on Allegedly Excessive Drug Prices

by Jones Day on

In the European Union, Big Pharma has been operating with a target on its back for the best part of the last decade. Following its 2008 sector inquiry into the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission vowed to clamp down on...more

(No) need to argue – What is certain, what is presumed and what can be estimated in cartel damage litigation after the 9th...

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Where is no plaintiff, there is also no judge: Private enforcement of competition law presupposes that there are plaintiffs who take a cartel to court. Plaintiffs exist where actions are worth it. Cartel victims may obtain...more

Plaintiff's paradise? – The passing-on defense after the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB)

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Cartelists facing damage claims by their customers regularly defend themselves with the objection of the so-called passing-on defense. According to such objection, a purchaser of the cartel cannot claim damages in so far as...more

New Competition Law in Germany

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Today, significant changes to the German Act against Restraints of Competition have entered into effect. This newsletter provides an overview of the most significant aspects of the 9th amendment to the German competition law....more

"I want my money back!" – Cartel damages claims after the 9th reform of the German Competition Act

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One of the primary aspects covered by the 9th reform of the German Competition Act that has just entered into effect is the transposition of the EU Cartel Damages Directive into German law. The preparatory works in the draft...more

Where's the beef? – 5 minutes for the highlights of German Competition Act reform

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The 9th reform of the German Competition Act is due to take effect on 9 June 2017. It primarily transposes the EU Cartel Damages Directive into German law. On top, it brings a number of other amendments. Here is a summary of...more

Multi-Defendant Antitrust Litigation: Lessons Learned from In re: Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation

Last Friday, in the latest development in the massive auto parts antitrust litigation, the State of California settled with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. and related companies regarding their sale of wire harness systems...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2017

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EU Regulators Open Pharma Pricing Investigations Focusing on Abuse of Dominance - The European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have both opened new investigations into alleged abuses of...more

FTC’s First Test of Supreme Court’s North Carolina Dental Precedent in New Case against Real Estate Appraisal Board

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Even with a reduced lineup of only two commissioners — the Republican Acting Chair and one Democratic Commissioner — the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint this week against...more

CMA bids to end online exclusionary practices as auction house offers commitments

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On 30 May 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it was consulting on proposals from an online bidding platform to change its terms, following concerns from the CMA that the platform was engaged in...more

The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure

A recent decision in the Northern District of Illinois gave life to the inevitable disclosure doctrine under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Inevitable disclosure is a common law doctrine by which a court can prevent a former...more

Defending Competitive Harm with Efficiencies: A Fire Swamp of Trouble

by BakerHostetler on

The use of efficiencies as a defense remains without a firm footing in law when a transaction has demonstrable and substantial anticompetitive effects. In Rob Reiner’s classic fantasy adventure The Princess Bride,...more

European Commission's Antitrust Concerns Lead to Syndicated Loans Market Study

by Jones Day on

In April 2017, the European Commission ("Commission") published a tender offer seeking an assessment of the EU market for loan syndication and possible implications under EU competition rules. The successful candidate will...more

European Commission goes online with final report in e-commerce sector inquiry

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The final report on the European Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry was published last week and contains some important observations about how online channels of distribution are transforming consumer goods and digital...more

Hong Kong court upholds bar on stand-alone private actions under the Competition Ordinance?

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The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance ("Ordinance") does not currently provide for the right to bring stand-alone private actions for contraventions of competition rules. In a decision handed down on 27 April 2017, the High...more

Has the Acquisition of Cigna Corp. by Anthem, Inc. Been Relegated to the Dustbin of History? Stay Tuned!

On April 28, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a February 8, 2017 decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the $54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp. by Anthem, Inc.....more

The New Competition Law in Thailand Approved

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 18 April 2017, the Thai National Legislative Assembly (NLA) submitted the draft Trade Competition Act B.E. 2560 (2017), which it had approved on 24 March 2017 (the New Act), to the Secretariat to the Cabinet. The Prime...more

European Commission Prioritizes Completion of Digital Single Market

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Since May 2015, the European Commission ("Commission") has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market as one of its top-ten political priorities. The Digital Single Market Strategy ("Strategy") aims at ensuring...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – March 2017

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The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for March 2017. Please see full...more

Federation Council adopts draft law on differentiating fines for anticompetitive agreements and concerted practices

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On 12 April 2017 the Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly adopted the draft Federal Law No. 52643-7 on Amendments to the Russian Federation Code on Administrative Offenses (the "Draft Law"). The Draft Law is expected...more

Italy: Antitrust Infringements as a Ground for Exclusion From Participation in Public Procurement Procedures

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 19 April 2016, legislative decree n. 50/2016 containing the new Italian Public Procurement Code (PPC) entered into force. The PPC aims to implement, among others, Directive 2014/24/EU which sets out, at Article 57, a...more

France Becomes an Attractive Forum for Antitrust Follow-On Damages Claims

by Reed Smith on

Companies often associate competition rules with public enforcement. However, competition law can also be a source of compensation. The new French Order and Decree, which together implement Directive 2014/104/EU on actions...more

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