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Significant Changes in German Competition Law

by Bryan Cave on

On June 9, 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of the Competition (GWB) came into effect. The most significant changes affect the liability for cartel fines, the application of merger control and the...more

Changes to the Commerce Act: five things you need to know

by DLA Piper on

In our last competition and market regulation update we noted that the Government had failed to progress the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, which was introduced to the house in 2011. The Bill has finally...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2017

by Bryan Cave on

The UK Government’s Brexit strategy took another step forward on 13th July 2017 with the publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, commonly referred to as the “Great Repeal Bill”. There was not much of a fanfare...more

DOJ Antitrust Corporate Dispositions May Protect Some Culpable Employees

by Jones Day on

Most companies under criminal investigation by the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") eventually resolve their liability with the government short of going to trial, either by entering into a corporate...more

Class Action Alleges Antitrust Conspiracy Among “Circle of Five” German Automakers

On July 28, 2017, a group of plaintiffs filed a putative class action in the Northern District of California against BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, and Mercedes-Benz, as well as auto-parts manufacturer Robert Bosch....more

Antitrust Alert: Germany Issues Antitrust Guidance on Multilateral and Unilateral Behavior

by Jones Day on

The German Federal Cartel Office ("FCO") provided guidance on several hot antitrust topics in July 2017. While the guidance is contained in the FCO's report on its sector inquiry into the cement and ready-mix concrete...more

2017 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

by Morgan Lewis on

Fines significantly down, several enforcement firsts and a strong pipeline of new, mainly domestic cartel cases around the world....more

Implementation of the EU Competition Damages Directive in Belgium

by White & Case LLP on

The Belgian legislature has finally implemented the EU Competition Damages Directive, introducing a new framework that will facilitate injured parties in litigating their competition damages claims before the Belgian courts....more

EU Commission Exposes Automotive Lighting Cartel

by Bryan Cave on

On 21st June 2017 the European Commission announced that it had fined Automotive Lighting and Hella over €26 million for participating in an automotive lighting cartel, in breach of Article 101 of the Treaty for the...more

EU Overview in Public Competition Enforcement Review

by WilmerHale on

In the reports from around the world collected in this volume, we continue to see a good deal of international overlap among the issues and industries attracting government enforcement attention. We also see evolution and...more

Review of the Commerce Act - What has been decided?

by DLA Piper on

Cabinet has announced a number of decisions following the targeted review of the Commerce Act undertaken by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. In this update we look at the announcement, which included a...more

Competition Law Review 2017

TOP STORIES - Mediation works - Parkland Fuel Corp. reached a mediated consent agreement (the first of its kind) with the Competition Bureau to remedy concerns raised by its acquisition of Pioneer Energy. Parkland...more

"Friends forever? Joint and several liability for cartel damages"

by Hogan Lovells on

Good friends can never be separated… - In 2014, the German Antitrust Authority (the Bundeskartellamt) imposed a fine of almost EUR 200 million on a single member of the ‘sugar cartel’. Therefore, the price for a good...more

What applies as of when? – When will the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB) apply?

by Hogan Lovells on

So it has begun. However, when will the new provisions of the 9th amendment of the GWB actually apply? Aside from a number of exceptions, the 9th amendment will come into force on the day following its promulgation. But, a...more

Closing the so called "Sausage gap" – Cartel fine procedures after the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of...

by Hogan Lovells on

With the amendments to the cartel fine procedure introduced by the 9th amendment of the GWB the legislator intends a harmonization with EU-law and significantly extends the liability for cartel fines....more

European Court of Justice Upholds Use of Evidence from Noncompetition Authority

by Jones Day on

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)

by Hogan Lovells on

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

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