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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

Digital is trump! – Market definition and new dominance criteria for digital markets

by Hogan Lovells on

On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC) entered into effect introducing important amendments for companies to German competition law (please see the highlights of the 9th...more

The new Polish Act on private antitrust enforcement claims takes effect on June 27, 2017.

by Dentons on

If a company’s supplier or competitor abuses its dominant position or is a member of a cartel, its actions may inflict damage on other businesses. Until recently, claims for damages arising from these types of infringements...more

The return of the kin liability (Sippenhaft) – Liability of parent companies after the 9th amendment of the German Act against...

by Hogan Lovells on

The Middle Ages are regarded as the golden age of the kin liability (Sippenhaft) in Germany. According to the principle of kin liability, family members had to stand up for the actions of their relatives, regardless of...more

No limits..? The limitation rules for cartel (damages) claims after the 9th reform of the German Competition Act (ARC)

by Hogan Lovells on

At first glance, not a stone seems to be left standing. The new sec. 33h ARC hardly bears any resemblance with the old sec. 33 para. 5 ARC, the to date only special limitation rule applicable to cartel damages claims in the...more

Risky IT Programs - The Use of Algorithms and Risk of Collusion under Antitrust Laws

by DLA Piper on

On 14 June 2017, the OECD published a Note from the EU on Algorithms and Collusion (DAF/COMP/(2017)12 - here) (the EU Note). An updated background note on Algorithms and Collusion was published by the OECD Secretariat on 9...more

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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

Tell me more, tell me more…The right to obtain information according to the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of...

by Hogan Lovells on

Bye bye trade secrets? In the new ARC, confidential information and trade secrets still enjoy special protection. The reason is clear: as soon as secret information is revealed, it becomes obvious and, as such, is no longer...more

Transposition of Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions: Some thoughts

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 26 May 2017, the Spanish Government enacted the Royal Decree 9/2017 (the Royal Decree) implementing into Spanish law certain European Directives, amongst them, the Directive 2014/104/EU on actions for damages for...more

Reform of German Competition Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A number of amendments to the German competition law (Amendment) entered into force on 9 June 2017. The key changes are: ..Merger control: Introduction of a new “size of transaction”-threshold...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber made it official today, announcing that controversial CEO Travis Kalanick will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, though even the announcement and board commentary that followed seemed to highlight the “bad-boy...more

Cartel Enforcement Global Review - June 2017

by DLA Piper on

DLA Piper is proud to present the 2017 global review of cartel enforcement, which provides insights into trends that have emerged around the world in recent years, using our global network of competition and antitrust lawyers...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Read the latest news on antitrust, competition and economic regulation (ACER) in this summer's edition of our quarterly ACER newsletter. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

New Competition Law in Germany

by White & Case LLP on

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

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Hope for a Cleaner Brexit After ECJ Ruling - In a ruling which is likely to have positive implications for a possible Brexit deal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16 May 2017 opened up the ability of the EU...more

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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

Individual Accountability Likely to Continue for Cartel Enforcement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

To date, the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) has obtained six corporate guilty pleas, three individual indictments and one individual guilty plea in its long-running investigation into price fixing of...more

Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf: manufacturer cannot ban retailer from use of price comparison engines

by Bryan Cave on

In order to protect brand image, the quality of pre-sale service, and the pricing structure of their products, manufacturers undertake a variety of measures to sell products to their retailers. Thus, clauses which prohibit...more

The EC New Alert Mechanism to Detect Cartels: A Teaser Before a European General Framework for Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing has been part of the U.S. legal tradition, if not since the resolution passed by the Continental Congress in 1778, at least since the adoption of the 1863 False Claims Act. With regard to the disclosure of...more

DOJ-Antitrust Revises Guidance on Coverage of "Current" Employees in Company Leniency Agreements

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Department of Justice's ("DOJ") Antitrust Division historically has extended leniency to cooperating companies and their current employees, even "highly culpable" employees who were very involved in the price-fixing...more

Latest Reform of German Competition Law Brings Clarity

by Jones Day on

The German Parliament has adopted the 9th Amendment to the German "Act against Restraints of Competition" ("ARC") or "Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen" ("GWB"). The new law will enter into force after publication in the...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Illegal Distribution Activities in the Spotlight Across the EU - Online and offline distribution issues remain a key focus of competition law regulators in the EU. This has been demonstrated yet again in recent weeks,...more

European Commission Launches Competition Law Anonymous Whistleblower Tool

by Jones Day on

The European Commission has introduced a new tool to encourage individuals to disclose anticompetitive conduct on an anonymous basis. Individuals are invited to supply inside knowledge to help the Commission uncover cartels...more

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