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DOJ’s Antitrust Fashion Show - Awaiting a price-fixing investigation in the U.S. modeling industry?

As the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Italy’s Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato and France’s Autorité de la Concurrence are wrapping up their prosecutions of Europe’s top modeling...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

THE LATEST: Acting AAG Clarifies Scope of Amnesty for Executives

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division (the Division) offers leniency to the first company to contact the Division and acknowledge participation in an antitrust conspiracy such as price-fixing, bid-rigging or...more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2017

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What Future for EU Public Procurement Law in the UK After Brexit? Those aficionados of the silver screen will remember comedians Laurel and Hardy and in particular their catchphrase 'Well here's another nice mess you've...more

Price Setting Bots Aren’t Price Fixing Bots, and Airline Tariff Publishing is Wrong

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On Thursday, March 16, 2017, in a speech at the Bundeskartellamt’s 18th Conference on Competition, European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, discussed the specter of automated price fixing cartels. She...more

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Confirms the Commission’s Approach to Hybrid Settlements

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The case follows on from the Commission’s Animal Feed Phosphates cartel decision pursuant to which fines totalling €176 million were imposed on a number of producers of animal feed for price fixing and market sharing...more

Claimants' Guide to Antitrust Competition Litigation in EU

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Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of private competition claims in the European Union. The Claimants' guide to Antitrust/Competition Litigation in the European Union provides an overview of the...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Competition/antitrust law

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Focus on the US - In the wake of the 2016 elections, we now await the decision as to who will be the "antitrust guard" at the top of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). At the...more

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

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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

EU Competition Newsletter – October 2016

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'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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

General Court of the EU Dismisses Trioplast Application Seeking Reimbursement of Interest Paid for Being Late in Paying Cartel...

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With a judgment handed down on 12 May 2016 (Case T-669/14, Trioplast Industrier AB v. European Commission), the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) dismissed an action brought by Trioplast Industrier AB (Trioplast...more

Hitachi Chemical to Plead Guilty to Price-Fixing

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced this week that Hitachi Chemical Co. will plead guilty to a criminal charge for conspiring with competitors to fix the prices of electrolytic capacitors sold in the United States and...more

CJEU to Rule on Extradition of EU Citizens in Criminal Antitrust Proceedings

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The first European citizen to be extradited from Europe to the United States for criminal antitrust conduct recently succeeded in having a Berlin court refer the matter of his extradition to the Court of Justice of the...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - March 2016

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Global Cartel Enforcement Update - Guidance on Managing International Investigations - The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has continued to successfully prosecute corporations and individuals for...more

Australian competition law - Update for the aviation industry

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High Court to hear ACCC appeal of Flight Centre decision regarding carrier agent discussions On 11 March 2016, the High Court granted special leave to the ACCC to appeal the decision of the Full Federal Court in the Flight...more

Antitrust Matters - March 2016: Hubs, spokes, middlemen and signalling

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Despite European competition law's dynamic and ever-evolving nature, for a very long period of time undertakings could rely on two quasi-certainties: first, that vertical information gathering – gathering or exchanging...more

Competition/antitrust law

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Focus on the US - Cartel enforcement activity and stiffer criminal penalties against price fixing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate and seek criminal charges against worldwide cartels. This...more

EU & Competition Law Update - February 2016

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EU and national leniency applications independent rules ECJ - On the 20 January 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its ruling on a preliminary reference made by the Italian Council of State on the...more

McDermott EU Competition Annual Review 2015

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott has published an EU Competition Annual Review for 2015. This 87 page booklet will help General Counsel and their teams focus on the most essential EU competition updates for 2015. Beyond being used to understand...more

Airfreight cartel decision grounded, sky-high fines annulled

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On 16 December 2015, the General Court of the European Union overturned the European Commission’s 9 November 2010 Airfreight decision (Case C.39258) and, in doing so, annulled one of the largest fines imposed in EU...more

EU & Competition Law Update - January 2016

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Smartphone chip manufacturer accused of an abuse of dominance - On the 8th December 2015, Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of smartphone chipsets, was publicly accused by the European Commission of abusing its...more

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