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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Launches Criminal Cartel Case: More to Come?

by Jones Day on

The Background: Earlier in 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warned that several domestic companies would face criminal cartel prosecutions in 2018. The Situation: The ACCC has begun to follow...more

Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insights From the Enforcers

Skadden’s Antitrust and Competition Group and the economics firm Charles River Associates recently hosted the eighth annual “Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insights From the Enforcers” seminar in...more

Whistleblower saves €200million by reporting cartel

by Bryan Cave on

On the 21st of February 2018, the European Commission announced that it had fined maritime carriers a total of €395 for participation in a cartel concerning the intercontinental maritime transport of vehicles. To...more

Australian First: Criminal Charges Laid Against Individuals for Alleged Cartel Conduct

by K&L Gates LLP on

In Brief - On 15 February 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that criminal charges had been laid against The Country Care Group Pty Ltd (Country Care), its Manager Director, Robert...more

Europe Insights

Despite a year of continued global political uncertainty and increasing enforcement, shareholder activism and foreign investment control activity, the 2018 outlook for Europe is positive overall. Skadden partners in the U.K.,...more

Alert: Antitrust 2018: Trends and Developments to Watch

by Cooley LLP on

1. Trump’s appointments set the antitrust agenda for 2018 - Almost a year into the Trump Administration, leadership at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is now set. The Senate confirmed Makan Delrahim as...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: December

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 10 November 2017, the European Union (“EU”) General Court (“GC”) rendered a judgment partially annulling the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision fining a broker for its involvement in the Libor Yen interest rate...more

No More Sweeping Anti-competitive Practices Under the Carpet

by Bryan Cave on

In a decision dated 18 October 2017, the French Competition Authority (FCA) imposed a record fine on the “resilient floor covering cartel” (one of the seven biggest fines in the history of the FCA), totalling 302 million...more

Competition News November 2017

by Dentons on

On October 18, 2017, the French Competition Authority penalized the three main producers of PVC and linoleum floor covering and their professional trade union (SFEC) with up to €302 million for the organization of a cartel...more

How Phil Ivey fundamentally changed the concept of dishonesty in English criminal law

by White & Case LLP on

The card game Punto Banco (a form of baccarat) is a straight game of chance. Or at least it should be, according to the UK Supreme Court, who found that Phil Ivey, a legend in the professional gambling world, cheated...more

Icap v. Commission: General Court Upholds Cartel Liability of Facilitators, but Attempts to Rein in Commission’s Approach in...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 10 November 2017, the European Union General Court (GC) handed down its judgment in Icap v Commission. The judgment serves as a reminder of the Commission’s ability to impose liability for cartel infringements on...more

German Federal Cartel Office Gains New Role in Consumer Protection

by Bryan Cave on

Effective 8 June 2017, the 9th Amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition delegated more competences and ways to investigate to the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office — FCO) with respect to...more

Significant reforms to Australian competition law are about to commence

by Dentons on

The most significant changes to Australia’s competition law in over 40 years will take effect in the coming weeks....more

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

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