January 2020

Anticompetitive practices

The EU Commission imposes €14.3 million fine on companies for territorial, customer and online sales restrictions of merchandising products (NBCUniversal)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 30 January 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced its decision to fine several companies belonging to Comcast Corporation, including NBCUniversal, € 14,327,000 for limiting the ability of licensees to sell licensed merchandising products to other EEA countries and non-allocated (...)

The EU Commission fines several companies for restricting sales of film merchandise products (NBCUniversal)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines NBCUniversal €14.3 million for restricting sales of film merchandise products* The European Commission has fined several companies belonging to Comcast Corporation, including NBCUniversal LLC, (“NBCUniversal”) €14 327 000 for restricting traders from selling licensed (...)

The UK CMA welcomes the EU Court of Justice ruling in a pay-for-delay case (Paroxetine Case)
British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA welcomes EU Court ruling in pay-for-delay drug case* The CMA welcomes a ruling from the EU Court of Justice in relation to its case that drug companies supplying an antidepressant called paroxetine broke the law. The ruling, released today, follows appeals from GlaxoSmithKline and other (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority fines a Dutch company for obstructing parallel trade to Turkish energy solution market (Arti Marin / Mastervolt)
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ACTECON (Istanbul)
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ACTECON (Istanbul)
Introduction On 29.01.2020, Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) announced its final decision (“Final Decision”) concerning the investigation conducted against Artı Marin Mobil Enerji Sistemleri Inc. (“Artı Marin”) and Mastervolt International Holding BV (“Mastervolt”), a Netherlands based energy (...)

The French Competition Authority creates a guide for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence creates a guide for SMEs* The Autorité wishes to develop, as part of a preventive approach, the knowledge of competition law held by all companies, in order for them to avoid breaching the law and for them to be able to use the tools of competition law to fight (...)

The US FTC files a complaint against an undertaking seeking permanent injunctive relief and equitable relief, including monetary relief, for an anticompetitive scheme to preserve a monopoly for a drug (Vyera Pharmaceuticals / Pharma Bro)
Wolters Kluwer (Riverwoods)
WILL THE SUPREME COURT LIMIT THE FTC’S USE OF SECTION 13(B) COURT ACTIONS?* The FTC’s authority to seek permanent injunctive relief and monetary relief under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act is being called into question. While more commonly used in consumer protection cases, Section 13(b) has been (...)

The German Competition Authority discontinues the proceedings against the "alliance of publishing houses" in the press wholesale sector as they end minimum sales requirement (Verlagsallianz / BPVG)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Bundeskartellamt brings an end to minimum sales requirement in the press wholesale sector* The “alliance of publishing houses” (Verlagsallianz) consisting of seven major German publishing houses and the Association of German Book, Newspaper and Magazine Wholesalers (BPVG) have refrained from (...)

The UK Court of Appeal rejects an appeal against a judgment of the CAT which upheld the CMA’s decision finding a company online sales ban of its custom-fitted golf clubs to be an unjustified restriction (Ping)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 21 January 2020, the UK Court of Appeal rejected an appeal brought by the golf club manufacturer Ping Europe Limited (“Ping”) against the 2018 judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”), which upheld the Competition and Markets Authority’s (“CMA”) 2017 decision finding Ping’s online sales (...)

The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigation against several shipping companies to assess an alleged agreement restricting competition in the market for the transport of flammable material and waste to and from the islands in the Gulf of Naples (Mediterranea Marittima / Servizi Marittimi Liberi Giuffré & Lauro / Medmar Navi / Tra.Spe.Mar / GML Trasporti Marittimi and Consorzio COTRASIR)
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
ICA: investigation opened into an alleged anticompetitive agreement in the transport of fuel and waste to and from the Campanian Archipelago* On 14 January 2020, the Authority opened an investigation against the companies Mediterranea Marittima S.p.a., Servizi Marittimi Liberi Giuffré & (...)

The German Competition Authority fines seven wholesalers of plant protection products and their responsible employees for agreeing on price lists, discounts and some individual sales prices (AGRAVIS Raiffeisen / AGRO Agrargroßhandel / BayWa / Betriebsmittel Service Logistik / Getreide / Raiffeisen Waren / Kassel / ZG Raiffeisen)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Wholesalers of plant protection products fined for anti-competitive agreements on price lists, discounts and individual prices* Bonn, 13 January 2020: The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling 154.6 million euros on seven wholesalers of plant protection products and their responsible (...)

The Indian Competition Authority directs an investigation into allegations of anti-competitive agreements between e-commerce marketplaces (Amazon & Flipkart)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has directed an investigation into allegations of anti-competitive agreements between e-commerce marketplaces Amazon and Flipkart, on the one hand, and sellers on these marketplaces, on the other. A Delhi based traders’ body alleged that Amazon and (...)

The German Competition Authority imposes fines totalling €154.6 million on plant protection product suppliers for agreeing on price lists, rebates and retail prices (Agravis / Agro Agrargroßhandel / BayWa / BSL Betriebsmittel Service Logistik / Getreide / Raiffeisen Waren / ZG Raiffeisen)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 13 January 2020, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) imposed fines totalling € 154.6 million on seven undertakings for agreeing on price lists, rebates and retail prices for plant protection products between 1998 and 2015. Fines were also imposed on employees implicated in the infringing (...)

The Danish High Court fines two companies for bid rigging in the construction sector (Jorton / H. Skjøde Knudsen)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
THE HIGHT COURT FINES TWO CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES FOR BID RIGGING * The High Court has fined the construction companies Jorton A/S and H. Skjøde Knudsen A/S respectively DKK 3,000,000 (€ 401,442) and DKK 267,628 (€ XXX) for bid rigging. Two members of the managements were fined respectively DKK (...)

Unilateral Practices

The Indian Competition Authority closes a case of alleged abuse of dominance by the Indian state broadcaster and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Next Radio / Prasar Bharti / Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
The CCI closed a case of alleged abuse of dominance by Indian state broadcaster Prasar Bharti and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Opposite Parties). [1] Two private broadcasters complained that the Opposite Parties had abused their dominance in the market for the provision of (...)

The Indian Competition Authority dismisses a complaint by a fintech company for becoming dominant in the market after purchasing a technology provider in the financial services industry (Satyen Narendra Bajaj / PayU)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
It is trite law that, while the Competition Act prohibits an abuse of a dominant position, the mere existence of a dominant position with no evidence of abuse is not prohibited. This was made clear by the CCI in dismissing a complaint that PayU, a fintech company that provides payment (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority imposes interim measures against a sport’s association because of its anticompetitive rules (Belgian Bumper Pool Association)
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
Interim measure imposed on the Belgian Bumper Pool Association concerning the bumper pool balls that may be played with in competitions and matches* At the request of HCSB BVBA (manufacturer of bumper pool balls), the Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) has imposed (...)

The French Competition Authority rejects a request for interim measures against a dominant telecom company accused of denying access to its fibre-to-the-premises infrastructure (AOTA / Orange)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Orange activated fibre offer: the Autorité rejects the complaint of AOTA* The Autorité de la concurrence rejects the AOTA’s complaint regarding Orange’s practices for lack of evidence. The Autorité also announces the launching of an exploratory investigation into the business telecoms market. The (...)

The French Competition Authority finds that a non-notifiable acquisition does not amount to an abuse of dominant position in the broadcasting market (Towercast / Itas / TDF)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 16 January 2020, the French Competition Authority (the “FCA”) handed down a decision in which it found that mergers and acquisitions did not amount to an abuse of a dominant position. In the case at hand, Towercast (a company active on the market of terrestrial broadcasting in France) (...)

The Indian Competition Authority opens an investigation into allegations that a paint sector undertaking threatened anticompetitive actions against dealers who sought to partner with the complainant (JSW Paints / Asian Paints)
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
The CCI directed the DG to investigate allegations that Asian Paints had abused its dominant position in decorative paints by threatening dealers who sought to partner with the complainant, JSW Paints. [1] The CCI found prima facie that Asian Paints was dominant given its above 50% market (...)

Mergers

The US FTC announces the revised merger notification thresholds
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Washington DC)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
On January 28, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act). If a proposed (...)

The US FTC announces the revised merger notification thresholds
Shearman & Sterling (Washington)
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Shearman & Sterling (New York)
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Shearman & Sterling (New York)
On January 28, 2020, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The new size of transaction threshold is $94 million. The new HSR Act thresholds will go into (...)

The US FTC revises the thresholds for the HSR pre-merger notification
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
NOTIFICATION THRESHOLD UNDER THE HART-SCOTT-RODINO ACT INCREASED TO $94 MILION* The US Federal Trade Commission today announced increased thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and for determining whether parties trigger the prohibition against interlocking (...)

The US FTC announces its annual update on the HRS for premerger notification filings and interlocking directorates
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft (New York)
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Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft (New York)
FTC ANNOUNCES 2020 THRESHOLDS FOR MERGER CONTROL FILINGS UNDER HSR ACT AND INTERLOCKING DIRECTORATES UNDER THE CLAYTON ACT* The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its annual revisions to the dollar jurisdictional thresholds in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, (...)

The US FTC announces annual revisions to the HSR Act filing thresholds, civil penalty maximum, and interlocking directorate thresholds
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Washington)
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Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York)
HSR Act Filing Thresholds, Civil Penalty Maximum, and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Revisions* On January 28, 2020, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual revisions to the jurisdictional thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the newspaper market (Groupe Nice Matin / NJJ)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of Groupe Nice Matin by NJJ, controlled by Xavier Niel* The Autorité de la concurrence examined the acquisition of sole control of the Nice Matin newspaper group (GNM), which publishes the Nice-Matin, Var-Matin and Monaco-Matin newspapers, by (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority informs that concentration notifications may only be filed electronically
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
As of January, concentration notifications may only be filed through electronic means* As of January 24, notification of concentrations that COFECE must review by law, will only be received through the Electronic Procedure System at the Commission’s website. This measure simplifies the (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the distribution of frozen food products market (Picard Group / Zouari family/ Lion Capital)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Distribution of frozen food products* The Autorité de la concurrence clears the joint takeover of Picard Group by the Zouari family and Lion Capital. The Zouari family, together with Lion Capital investment fund, notified the Autorité de la concurrence of its plan to acquire joint control of (...)

The US FTC and the US DoJ release a joint draft on vertical merger guidelines for public comment
Shearman & Sterling (Washington)
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Shearman & Sterling (Washington)
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Shearman & Sterling (Washington)
On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) released joint draft Vertical Merger Guidelines (“Guidelines”) for public comment. This much anticipated revision to the Guidelines, which had not been updated in more than 35 years, (...)

The UK CAT confirms a deferential standard for the Competition Authority in its merger prohibitions (Tobii)
Baker McKenzie (Singapore)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
A recent decision by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), Tobii AB (publ) v. Competition and Markets Authority, confirms a deferential standard for the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in its merger prohibitions. The CMA is widely regarded as a thought leader among merger control (...)

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the pharmaceutical sector (AbbVie / Allergan)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission approves AbbVie’s acquisition of Allergan, subject to conditions* The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Allergan by AbbVie. The approval is conditional on the divestment of a product under development by Allergan to (...)

The US Doj and FTC issue draft vertical merger guidelines
Jones Day (Washington DC)
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Jones Day (Washington DC)
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Jones Day (Sillicon Valley)
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") issued draft Vertical Merger Guidelines. Vertical mergers combine two or more companies operating at different levels of a supply chain for a related product, e.g., windshields and cars. This is the first (...)

The US FTC and DoJ release a draft of an update to the 1984 vertical merger guidelines
Bona Law (Michigan)
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Bona Law (San Diego)
US ANTITRUST AGENCIES RELEASE UPDATED VERTICAL MERGER GUIDELINES* In big antitrust news, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Antitrust Division released a draft of an update to the 1984 Vertical Merger Guidelines (VMG) on January 10, 2020. Only three of the five FTC (...)

The US DOJ and FTC announce new draft vertical merger guidelines
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Washington)
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Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Washington)
DOJ and FTC Announce New Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines* On January 10, 2020, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) (together, the “Agencies”) released Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines (the “Draft Guidelines”) that are intended to outline the (...)

The US FTC and DoJ update the vertical merger guidelines
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
FTC AND DOJ DRAFT VERTICAL MERGER GUIDELINES PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TRANSPARENCY TO AGENCY PRACTICE* For the first time since the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) published non-horizontal merger guidelines in 1984, the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued updated Vertical (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority imposes interim measure suspending the implementation of the shareholders agreement and the radio access network sharing agreement in the telecommunications market (Telenet / Orange Belgium / Proximus)
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
Interim measure imposed on Orange and Proximus in respect of the joint venture for the sharing of the mobile radio access networks* The Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) has at the request of Telenet Group NV and Telenet BVBA (Telenet) imposed on 8 January 2020 an (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority imposes interim measures suspending a joint venture for the sharing of the mobile radio access networks (Telenet / Orange Belgium / Proximus)
Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
On 22 November 2019, the Belgian companies Orange Belgium, SA/NV and Proximus, SA/NV concluded an agreement to create a joint venture for the sharing of the mobile radio access networks. However, the Telenet Group, SA/NV and Telenet, SPRL/BVBA ( jointly, ‘Telenet’) requested a deeper inquiry (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority extends the application of simplified procedure for concentrations
Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
The Belgian Competition Authority (‘BCA’) has extended the application of the simplified procedure on concentrations, which is contained in the Article IV.70 of the Belgian Code of Economic Law. These additional rules were approved on 8 January 2020 and they entered into force on 20 January 2020. (...)

The UK Competition Authority cancels its phase II investigation following an abandon merger in the DNA sequencing systems market (Illumina / PacBio)
British Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Illumina/PacBio abandon merger* Illumina has abandoned its anticipated $1.2 billion takeover of PacBio after an in-depth CMA merger probe highlighted serious competition concerns. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has therefore today confirmed that it will be cancelling its Phase 2 (...)

The US FTC files an administrative complaint challenging consummated acquisition and non-reportable transactions in the body-worn camera market (Axon / Safariland)
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
FTC CHALLENGES AXON’S CONSUMMATED ACQUISITION OF BODY-WORN CAMERA COMPETITOR* The US antitrust regulators continue to challenge consummated transactions. On January 3, 2020, the FTC filed an administrative complaint against Axon Enterprise, Inc., challenging its consummated acquisition of (...)

The Bulgarian Competition Authority introduces simplified and more extensive merger filing process in its merger guidelines
Druzhestvo Stoyanov & Tsekova in cooperation with Schoenherr (Sofia)
Introduction On 1 January 2020 the Commission for the Protection of Competition (CPC) introduced new merger filing guidelines. The former guidelines – which applied for over 10 years – did not differentiate between transactions (eg, simple and complex), despite potential competition concerns. (...)

State Aid

The UK Government’s withdrawal agreement with the EU Commission enters into force, including its State aid provisions
College of Europe (Bruges)
* Article published on StateAidHub: http://stateaidhub.eu, republished in e-Competitions with the courtesy of the author. The original title of this article appears below the e-Competitions title. Authors are welcome to write an alternative article on this case/text, provided they have no (...)

The EU Commission launches public consultation on the revised State aid Guidelines in the context of the amended EU emissions trading scheme
Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
The Commission has launched a public consultation seeking interested parties’ views on the draft new ETS Guidelines before their adoption in the course of 2020, which will apply as of 2021. The objective of these guidelines is the reduction of exposure to the risk of carbon leakage, which (...)

Procedures

The EU Court of Justice confirms the right of access to documents contained in the file of a marketing authorisation application for a medicinal product (PTC Therapeutics, MSD Animal Health)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
The Court confirms the right of access to documents contained in the file of a marketing authorisation application for a medicinal product* An objection to such access must explain the nature, purpose and scope of the data whose disclosure would undermine commercial interests In the judgments (...)

The US DoJ convicts a foreign executive following extradition proceedings for price fixing (Ullings)
Morgan Lewis (Sillicon Valley)
Dutch national Maria Christina “Meta” Ullings was extradited from Italy to the United States on January 10. Ullings previously served as the senior vice president of cargo sales and marketing for Martinair N.V. (Martinair Cargo). On September 21, 2010, Ullings was originally charged in a public, (...)

The US District Court of Arizona receives a complaint challenging the constitutionality of the FTC’s administrative process in merger review (Axon / FTC)
Sheppard Mullin (Washington)
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Sheppard Mullin (San Francisco)
AXON SUES FTC OVER USE OF ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION IN MERGER INVESTIGATIONS * On January 3, 2020, Axon Enterprises Inc. filed a complaint against the Federal Trade Commission in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona challenging the constitutionality of the FTC’s (...)

Regulatory

The UK Competition Authority publishes guidance on how Brexit will affect its powers and processes for antitrust enforcement and merger control during the transition period
Baker McKenzie (London)
THE PRACTICAL ANTITRUST IMPLICATIONS OF TOMORROW: BREXIT DAY* As you are aware, the UK will be leaving the EU this Friday 31 January (Exit Day). The CMA has published guidance on how Brexit affects the CMA’s powers and processes for antitrust enforcement and merger control during the Transition (...)

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy publishes the draft bill on the 10th amendment to the German Act against restraints of competition
Morgan Lewis (Frankfurt)
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Morgan Lewis (Frankfurt)
The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has published the draft bill on the 10th amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition, which includes a proposal for the revision of abuse control in Germany. Such revision would be of high relevance for undertakings in the (...)

The French Competition Authority issues a study on behavioural remedies in competition law
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence publishes a new study on Behavioural remedies in competition law* In 2018, together with La Documentation française, the Autorité created a new collection, Les Essentiels, to further understanding of competition. After an initial study on loyalty rebates (2018), it (...)

The German Competition Authority issues a study on algorithms and competition
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Bundeskartellamt publication on “Algorithms and Competition“* Bonn, 16 January 2020: As a follow up to its joint study with the French Autorité de la concurrence on Algorithms and Competition the Bundeskartellamt has published a new paper on this theme. The paper appears in the Bundeskartellamt’s (...)

The UK CMA publishes a report on the UK’s current regulatory environment and its effect on competition
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 10 January 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) published a report on the UK’s current regulatory environment and its effect on competition (the “Report”). The Report indicates that existing regulation poses potentially large risks to competition and may well be skewed towards (...)

The Indian Competition Authority publishes a market study on e-commerce platforms
Trilegal (Mumbai)
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Trilegal (Bengalore)
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Trilegal (Mumbai)
The growth of e-commerce and online marketplaces has had a significant impact on businesses and consumer behaviour. Competition authorities worldwide are increasingly focused on assessing competition concerns on online platforms, including United Kingdom (UK), Australia, the European Commission (...)

The Indian Competition Authority publishes a report on its market study on e-Commerce in India and focuses on the three broad categories of e-commerce in consumer goods, accommodation services, and food services
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (Mumbai)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
The CCI published a report on its Market Study on E-Commerce in India. The Study focused on the three broad categories of e-commerce in consumer goods, accommodation services and food services. After giving an overview of trends in and features of e-commerce, the CCI identified and discussed (...)

The Indian Competition Authority releases a market study on e-commerce
National Law University (Punjab)
Introduction In April 2019, the Competition Commission of India (“Commission”) had announced a market study into the functioning of ‘E-Commerce’ in India. The focus area of the study was to gather information relating to “trends, practices and issues” which are relevant to the fair and competitive (...)

The Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation releases a draft with proposed amendments to the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law
Hogan Lovells (Beijing)
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Hogan Lovells (Beijing)
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Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong)
CHINA TABLES FIRST SET OF AMENDMENTS TO THE ANTI-MONOPOLY LAW* On 2 January 2020, China’s antitrust authority – the State Administration for Market Regulation (’SAMR’) – released a draft proposing amendments to the main antitrust statute in China, the Anti-Monopoly Law (’AML’), for public (...)

The Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation releases its draft proposing amendments to the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law
Dacheng - Dentons (Beijing)
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Dacheng - Dentons (Shanghai)
On 2 January 2020, the State Administration for Market Regulation of China (“SAMR”) released a draft of the proposed amendment to the Anti-Monopoly Law of China (“Draft Amendment”) to solicit public comments from different sectors of society. It indicates that after twelve years, at the beginning (...)

Public sector

The Latvian Competition Authority publishes amendments to competition law which prohibit public administrative bodies to hinder, restrict or deform the competition
Konkurences padome (Riga)
New framework of the competition law in Latvia against competition distortions created by public administrative bodies comes into force* On 1 January 2020, amendments to the Competition Law of the Republic of Latvia entered into force prohibiting public administrative bodies – the state, local (...)

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