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Changes to Polish Antimonopoly Law in a Nutshell

The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Urzad Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, “UOKiK”) has recently published its 2015 annual report presenting its first experiences with the recent amendments to Polish...more

EU Legal Developments That May Impact Your Business in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your...more

2016 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Authorities launched new criminal probes, obtained guilty pleas from companies and executives and imposed hefty fines as aggressive enforcement continued. Several significant developments occurred in cartel enforcement...more

General Court Annuls Fine in Envelope Cartel Settlement

First successful appeal against an EU settlement decision in a cartel case may have broader implications for the settlement process. On 13 December 2016, the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union...more

European Commission short-circuits battery cartel with €166 million fine

On 12 December the European Commission imposed a total fine of 166 million euros against 3 rechargeable battery producers for infringing competition law in the distribution of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the most...more

Auction service providers under investigation for suspected anti-competitive practices in UK

On 22 November 2016, the Competition Market Authority (CMA) announced the opening of an initial investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in relation to the supply of auction services in the UK. The CMA...more

Competition News November 2016

Gun jumping in France: penalty imposed by the French Competition Authority on early partial completion of two mergers prior to their authorization - By a decision not yet published, issued on November 8, 2016 by the...more

Germany to Introduce Wider Merger Control Regime to Catch Tech Start-Ups

On 28 September 2016, the German government proposed legislation to amend the Act Against Restraints of Competition (GWB) for the ninth time. Presuming that it will pass the further steps required, the proposed amendment is...more

Finnish Appeal Court delivers judgement in the asphalt cartel damages case

The Appeal Court held that a number of claims were time barred due to the Act of Limitations and the recent Supreme Court judgement KKO 2016:11 concerning damages claims in the raw wood cartel. The Appeal Court also dismissed...more

FTC/DOJ Release Proposed Update to International Enforcement Guidelines: 14 Important Questions

The two federal antitrust agencies, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued a proposed update to the Agencies’ 1995 Antitrust Guidelines for...more

Asian supply chains and the territorial limits of EU competition law

A supply chain where goods, which were the subject of a cartel, were sold by the defendants in Asia and then indirectly resold to the claimants in the EEA did not amount to “implementation” of the cartel in the EEA and so...more

Ad hoc Local Leniency Application Makes the Difference: The Italian Council of State Upholds the Administrative Court of Lazio...

On 20 October 2016, the Italian Council of State (the “Council of State”) upheld the judgment of the Administrative Court of Lazio (“TAR”) on the cartel in the sector of international road freight forwarding to and from Italy...more

EU Competition Newsletter – October 2016

'Great Repeal Bill' more likely to be 'Great Preservation Bill' - After what seemed like an eternity, but in reality has only been a few months, the Prime Minister announced on 2 October 2016 that Article 50 of the...more

New York Rejects Antitrust Defense To Breach Of Distribution Contract

Your client is sued for failure to pay on a contract and says it shouldn’t have to pay because the prices were fixed by a cartel or that it was strong-armed into paying for a “bundle” of services or distribution channels even...more

[Webinar] How to Navigate the Antitrust Cartel Labyrinth - October 27th, 12:00p.m. EDT

Antitrust class action price-fixing claims are among the most costly corporate litigation your company or client can face. In many cases, plaintiffs seek to plead and prove the alleged cartel through alleged indirect...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: October

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently imposed a record fine of EUR 2.93 billion on some of the largest truck producers for their involvement in a cartel lasting 14 years and covering the entire European Economic...more

UK Antitrust Class Actions Start to Get Going

Brussels Antitrust/Competition partner (and English lawyer) Matthew Hall brings us an update on antitrust class actions filed under new procedures in the UK. Antitrust class actions in the UK are beginning to take hold...more

General Court Confirms that the Commission May Rely on Lawfully Seized Recordings Even if Made Unlawfully by a Third Party

On 8 September 2016 the General Court (“GC”) dismissed Heiploeg’s appeal against the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision in Shrimps (AT.39633) and confirmed that the Commission may rely on recordings seized lawfully...more

Second Circuit: “C” is for Comity; Price Fixing Judgement Against Chinese Vitamin C Sellers Reversed

Last week, in In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) vacated a $147 million jury award against Chinese vitamin C sellers Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. and...more

International Comity and Deference: A Foreign Government with Final Say When Interpreting its Own Laws

On Tuesday, the Second Circuit in In Re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation vacated a $147 million award against two Chinese companies for engaging in anti-competitive behavior. At issue was how a federal court should respond...more

2016 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Cartel enforcement activity promises to remain busy In the coming months and into 2017 Cartel enforcement remains a priority for competition authorities around the world. Global cartel fines totaled more than $6...more

Antitrust regulation of information exchange in the CIS and China

Exchange of information, whether among competitors or in vertical relationships, can involve substantial risks from the perspective of local antitrust regulation. Although it is not expressly prohibited to exchange...more

The European Commission Fines Truck Manufacturers a Record €2.93 billion for Cartel Conduct

On 19 July 2016, the European Commission (Commission) imposed fines totaling €2,926,499,000 on four truck producers (39824 – Trucks). The fine is the highest ever imposed on members of a cartel by the EU competition...more

European truck cartel’s €2.93 billion in fines may just be the beginning

The European Commission on Tuesday announced its decision finding truck makers MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, and DAF liable for violating EU antitrust rules. The companies acknowledged that for 14 years they colluded...more

Antitrust Matters - July 2016

Welcome to the July issue of DLA Piper's quarterly Antitrust Matters newsletter, which brings you antitrust and competition news from all around the world. While we reflect on the UK's decision to leave the European...more

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