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Big Data and digital markets remain in the focus of competition authorities – German FCO continues to lead the way

by Hogan Lovells on

On 6 October, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) launched its new series of papers on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy”. The first paper deals with “Big Data and Competition”. ...more

The English High Court Rules in Favour of Air Cargo Defendants Regarding Temporal Scope of Claimants’ Claims

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 4 October 2017, the High Court gave a judgment on a preliminary issue significantly restricting the temporal scope of the claimants’ claims in four air cargo cartel damages actions....more

Chinese Competition Authority Imposes Fines for Price-Fixing Involving Industry Associations

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: In early September, three local Chinese chemical manufacturers received penalty notices from China's National Development and Reform Commission ("NDRC") for attending an association conference,...more

Big data may become big antitrust concern

by DLA Piper on

Big data is transforming business, and increasingly, it is becoming a subject of concern for antitrust authorities. So far, much of the focus has come from European regulators, who are beginning to consider the role of big...more

EU Retail News - September 2017

by Bryan Cave on

UK Competition Authority Warns Creative Sector About Price Fixing and Information Sharing - On 12th September 2017 the UK Competition Authority,the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") sent an open letter to...more

Antitrust Division to International Community: “Imperative that Competition Agencies Work Together”

For several years, the Antitrust Division’s investigations have been increasingly global in scope. Acting Assistant Attorney General Andrew Finch made clear that trend will continue in remarks at a conference on...more

Federal Cartel Office Imposes Fines On Automotive Suppliers

by Bryan Cave on

On 13 July 2017 the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) announced the imposition of fines amounting up to €9.6M on three European heat shield manufacturers for the automotive industry. A fourth company involved in the...more

EU & Competition Law Update – September 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On the 13th September 2017 Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, unveiled a framework for investment screening for certain foreign mergers in his “State of the Union” address to the European...more

How Low Can the Certification Bar Go in British Columbia?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

British Columbia has been known as a haven for class actions in Canada. The bar for certification was set very low and British Columbia is regarded as being the most plaintiff-friendly province for class actions in Canada. On...more

Principle of economic succession in private enforcement to come under Supreme Court´s scrutiny

by DLA Piper on

In October 2016, the Appeal Court of Helsinki, altering the judgement of Helsinki District Court, held that certain companies, which had acquired the business or equity of asphalt cartel companies after the infringement had...more

EU Court Decides EU Merger Control Can Only Catch Joint Control Transactions If the Resulting Entity Is ‘Full-Function’

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 7, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that, where joint control is acquired over a new or existing undertaking (or parts of an undertaking), that transaction can only fall within the scope of the...more

Focusing Antitrust Compliance Programs on the Real Criminal Risks (Part II of II)

by Michael Volkov on

As chief compliance officers realize the importance of criminal antitrust compliance, it is important to identify the real risk factors. All too often we get lost in the mumbo-jumbo (a technical term, I know) of compliance,...more

Chief Compliance Officers Have to Address Criminal Antitrust Risks (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

We often read articles and blog postings about anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, export controls and sanctions compliance issues. The focus on these topics is justified. However, there is one glaring omission –...more

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

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