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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit clarifies analysis of alleged hub-and-spoke conspiracies under the Sherman Act (J. Ramsey / NAMM), 26 August 2015
Deirdre McEvoy - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler (New York)
Jonathan H. Hatch - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler (New York)

The UK Competition Authority fines an association of undertakings for anti-competitive information exchange and pricing agreements (Consultant Eye Surgeon Partnership), 5 August 2015
Jean-François Guillardeau - UK Competition and Markets Authority (London)
Sue Aspinall - UK Competition and Markets Authority (London)

Official Press Releases

The German Competition Authority condemns a manufacturer of running shoes for restricting the online sales activities of small and medium-sized authorised dealers (Asics), 27 August 2015
German Competition Authority - Bundeskartellamt (Bonn)

The Croatian Competition Authority accepts the commitments proposed by an undertaking in the market of the resale of pyrotechnic products (Orion), 26 August 2015
Croatian Competition Authority - Agencija za zaštitu tržišnog natjecanja (Zagreb)

The Croatian Competition Authority issues an opinion indicating that the decision of a town allowing advertising only to economic operators established in its territory contravenes with competition law (Town of Vodice), 26 August 2015
Croatian Competition Authority - Agencija za zaštitu tržišnog natjecanja (Zagreb)

The Mexican Competition Authority issues an English version of the federal economic competition law, 20 August 2015
Mexican Competition Authority - Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (Mexico City)

The US FTC subjects to public comment the consent agreement proposed by two pharmaceutical companies that implemented an unlawful agreement not to compete (Concordia and Par), 18 August 2015
US Competition Authority - Federal Trade Commission (Washington, DC)

The Mexican Competition Authority issues a statement reminding economic agents of its strict policy on price fixing in the context of the Mexican peso’s recent depreciation, 18 August 2015
Mexican Competition Authority - Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (Mexico City)

The Arbitration Appeal Court confirms the bid-rigging decision pronounced by the Russian Competition Authority on the construction market (Vozrozhdenie), 17 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The US FTC publishes a statement of enforcement principles regarding “unfair methods of competition”, 13 August 2015
US Competition Authority - Federal Trade Commission (Washington, DC)

The Moscow Arbitration Court confirms a cartel on the market of wholesale supplies of table salt legitimacy (TDS), 12 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The Portuguese Competition Authority fines several tenderers for bid rigging in the market of supply of pre-fabricated modules (Elevatrans), 11 August 2015
Portuguese Competition Authority - Autoridade Da Concorrência (Lisbon)

The Dutch Competition Authority fines two natural-vinegar manufacturers for cartel agreement (Kühne and Burg), 11 August 2015
Netherlands Competition Authority - ACM (Amsterdam)

The Croatian Competition Authority concludes that an association of insurers and its members did not breach competition law when deciding to temporarily revoke the power of one member to issue motor insurance certificates (Croatian Insurance Bureau / Generali Insurance), 6 August 2015
Croatian Competition Authority - Agencija za zaštitu tržišnog natjecanja (Zagreb)

The Moscow Arbitration Court supports the Russian Competition Authority position concerning a cartel case involving the Ministry of transport and a company (MIIT), 6 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The Hungarian Competition Authority imposes a procedural fine against a company refusing to communicate accurate data to calculate a fine for an infringement (Cemex), 5 August 2015
Hungarian Competition Authority

The Mauritius Competition Authority places two mobile operators under scrutiny for alleged discriminatory pricing policy (Emtel / Orange), 27 August 2015
Julie TIRTIAUX

The German Federal Cartel Office condemns an athletic equipment company for restricting online sales of its small and medium-sized authorized dealers (Asics), 26 August 2015
Gabriele Accardo - Stanford Law School

The Romanian Competition Authority accepts commitments closing mobile operators’ price investigation (Orange Romania), 18 August 2015
Georgeta Dinu - Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (Bucharest)

The Chinese NDRC finds that a municipal health and family planning commission has abused its administrative power in its drug procurement practices (Bengbu Health Commission), 17 August 2015
Allan Fels - Australia and New Zealand School of Government (Carlton)
Xiaoye Wang - Institute of law - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing)
Adrian Emch - Hogan Lovells (Beijing)
Wendy Ng - University of Melbourne

Official Press Releases

The Russian Competition Authority welcomes the payment of the fine imposed on an electricity provider for abuse of dominance (Gorelektroset), 27 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The Russian Competition Authority welcomes the payment of the fine imposed on an heat supplier for abuse of dominance (Sverdlovsk), 20 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The Russian Competition Authority fines an electricity provider for abuse of dominance (Dagenergoset), 19 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The Russian Competition Authority fines a raw milk producer having imposed discriminatory conditions to its suppliers (Danon Russia), 18 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The Russian Competition welcomes the payment of the fine imposed on a pharmaceutical company for failure to execute a determination (Teva), 14 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The UK Competition Authority issues statement of objections to a pharmaceutical company and its distributor suspected of abuse of dominance dominance in the market of phenytoin sodium capsules (Pfizer / Flynn), 6 August 2015
UK Competition Authority - Competition and Markets Authority (London)

The Russian Competition Authority welcomes the payment of the fine imposed on a gas provider for abuse of dominance (Gazprom), 5 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The Hellenic Competition Authority issues a provisional order against an undertaking suspected of abuse of dominance in the markets for the production and trade of electricity (Aluminium), 3 August 2015
Hellenic Competition Authority - Επιτροπή Ανταγωνισμού (Athens)

The Swedish Competition Authority publishes a working paper on upward pricing pressure in merger analysis, September 2015
Grant McKelvey - Vinge (Stockholm)

The US FTC announces a consent settlement based on an application of the investment-only exemption to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act’s premerger notification requirements (Third Point), 24 August 2015
Matthew P. Hendrickson - Skadden Arps (New York)
Rita Sinkfield Belin - Skadden Arps (New York)
Brian C. Mohr - Skadden Arps (Washington, DC)

The Chinese MOFCOM approves an acquisition of additional shares of a Chinese brewery by a competitor (Anheuser-Busch InBev’s / Zhujiang Brewery), 20 August 2015
Allan Fels - Australia and New Zealand School of Government (Carlton)
Xiaoye Wang - Institute of law - Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing)
Adrian Emch - Hogan Lovells (Beijing)
Wendy Ng - University of Melbourne

The Zambian Competition Authority finalizes guidelines for new merger regulations, 20 August 2015
Andreas Stargard - Primerio (Washington)

The UK Competition Authority orders licensing remedy to meet concerns over horizontal unilateral effects resulting from a merger in the personal lubricants market (Reckitt Benckiser / Johnson & Johnson), 12 August 2015
Kyriakos Fountoukakos - Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)

The EU Commission conditionally approves an acquisition in the pharmaceutical sector (Hospira / Pfizer), 4 August 2015
Porter Elliott - Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

The Belgian Competition Authority conditionally approves merger in highly concentrated print magazines market (De Persgroep / Humo), 4 August 2015
Koen Platteau - Simmons & Simmons (Brussels)

Official Press Releases

The German Competition Authority clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the market of automotive spare parts (Trost Auto Service Technik / Wessels & Müller), 14 August 2015
German Competition Authority - Bundeskartellamt (Bonn)

The UK Competition Authority imposes remedies to clear an acquisition in the market of personal lubricants (Reckitt Benckiser / Johnson & Johnson), 12 August 2015
UK Competition Authority - Competition and Markets Authority (London)

The Belgian Competition Authority approves several acquisitions, subject to remedies, in the publishing market (De Persgroep / Humo), 4 August 2015
Belgian Competition Authority - Autorité belge de la Concurrence (Brussels)

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the pharmaceutical sector (Hospira / Pfizer), 4 August 2015
European Commission - DG COMP

Official Press Releases

The Russian Competition Authority prevents growth of prices of some drugs (Ozon), 26 August 2015
Russian Competition Authority - ФАС России (Moscow)

The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy sets up a working group to assess the need to revise the Competition Act, 25 August 2015
Satu-Anneli Kauranen - Merilampi (Helsinki)

The Canadian Federal Court provides practical guidance for parties responding to compulsory production orders from the Competition Bureau (Bell Mobility), 20 August 2015
Anita Banicevic - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg (Toronto)
Mark C. Katz - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg (Toronto)

The Ontario Superior Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal debate whether breaches of the Competition Act can support common law claims (Shah / LG Chem - Watson / Bank of America), 19 August 2015
Michael Osborne - Affleck Greene McMurtry (Toronto)

The US FTC publishes its first ever policy statement on how it will enforce Section 5’s prohibition of “unfair methods of competition”, 13 August 2015
James L. McGinnis - Sheppard Mullin (San Francisco)

The US FTC issues guidance on scope of "unfair competition" under section 5 of FTC Act, 13 August 2015
Amanda Norris Ames - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice (Washington)

The US FTC announces general principles regarding Section 5 of the FTC Act, 13 August 2015
Paul M.  Eckles - Skadden Arps (New York)
Steven C. Sunshine - Skadden Arps (Washington, DC)
Clifford H. Aronson - Skadden Arps (New York)
Karen Hoffman Lent - Skadden Arps (New York)

The FTC issues a policy statement on the reach of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act which prohibits unfair methods of competition, 13 August 2015
Christine Wilson
Timothy Muris

The UK Secretary of State issues regulations and guidance governing approval of voluntary redress schemes to compensate persons injured by antitrust infringements, 5 August 2015
Tony Woodgate - Simmons & Simmons (London)
Peter Broadhurst - Simmons & Simmons (London)

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales confirms that standard six years limitation period in tort or breach of statutory duty cases applies to competition cases (Arcadia / Visa), 5 August 2015
Peter Broadhurst - Simmons & Simmons (London)

The European Commission adopts amendments to the EU antitrust procedural rules to better reflect EU Damages Directive, 3 August 2015
Rachel Cuff - Baker & McKenzie (Brussels)

Official Press Releases

The OECD recommends several improvements in the framework and procedures for Danish competition cases (OECD Report), 26 August 2015
Danish Competition Authority - Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen (Copenhagen)

The UK Competition Authority issues a guidance on a new power to encourage competition law-breaking companies to voluntarily pay compensation to victims , 14 August 2015
UK Competition Authority - Competition and Markets Authority (London)