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Canadians Release New Merger Guidelines

Posted  10/17/11
Canada’s Competition Bureau has released final revisions to its Merger Enforcement Guidelines. The Guidelines describe how the Competition Bureau will analyze merger transactions. The new Guidelines were issued on October 6, 2011, after the Bureau held consultations during the last two years with foreign competition agencies and throughout Canada.  The changes are the first revisions to the Guidelines since...

Europeans Tightening Oversight Of Commodities Markets

Posted  10/5/11
The European Commission is expected to unveil proposed legislation in the coming weeks designed to curb speculation in commodities trading, which has been blamed for sharp increases in energy and food prices. A draft of the Commission’s proposed revisions to the EU’s 2004 Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID”) obtained by some news outlets would require “that all trading venues on which...

European Commission Gets Split Decision In Beer And Acrylic Glass Antitrust Appeals

Posted  09/28/11
The European Commission has received a split decision in two appeals of multi-million euro fines it imposed for anticompetitive conduct in beer and acrylic glass markets. The European General Court has annulled the European Commission’s 31.66 million euro antitrust fine assessed against beer brewer Koninklijke Grolsch NV.  In case T-234/07, Koninklijke Grolsch v. Commission, the European General Court focused on...

U.K. Shoots Down Sky’s Control Over Pay TV Movie Market

Posted  09/8/11
The U.K.’s Competition Commission has announced that it has provisionally found that British Sky Broadcasting’s control over the pay TV movie market is restricting competition among rivals, leading to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers. The investigation, which the Commission began in August 2010, followed a three-year study of the pay TV market by the U.K.’s communications regulator,...

Big Banks Accused Of Excluding Competition In Setting European Payments Standards

Posted  08/26/11
Banks in the European Payments Council (EPC) are being probed by the antitrust department of the European Commission (EC) as a result of Payment Network AG’s complaint that it was locked out of the process to set the standard for streamlining payments systems in Europe. EPC members include banks such as Lloyds TSB, Citibank, Barclays, UBS, HSBC Holdings Plc and Deutsche Bank AG. The EPC is the...

IBM Not Out Of The Regulatory Woods Despite Withdrawal Of Emulator Complaints

Posted  08/24/11
Although three rivals of IBM have dropped their complaints that IBM illegally tied its mainframe hardware to its operating system, the computer giant is not out of regulatory woods yet. Both the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the European Commission maintain ongoing antitrust investigations – sparked by the complaints – into a possible monopoly IBM holds in the mainframe computer market. In a filing...

Europeans Open Antitrust Probe Of Luxury Watchmakers

Posted  08/18/11
The European Commission is investigating whether luxury watch manufacturers have suppressed competition by refusing to provide spare parts to independent repairers. While the Commission has not identified any specific companies, the Swatch Group, parent company of such brands as Omega and Breguet, has identified itself as one of the subjects.  Swatch has said it is confident regarding the outcome of the...

Yanks And Europeans Open Antitrust Probes Of TRW And Autoliv

Posted  07/21/11
Two major players in the automotive manufacturing industry, Sweden’s Autoliv and Michigan’s TRW, are under investigation by the antitrust divisions of both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the European Commission ("EU"). Both companies are multi-billion dollar corporations that supply safety systems, such as seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels, to automakers.  Autoliv and TRW each operate on a...

India's Competition Commission May Take Bite Of Apple

Posted  07/18/11
Apple may be facing an antitrust probe in India due to a consumer complaint urging India’s Competition Commission to investigate whether Apple violated competition laws by partnering with two of India’s largest mobile phone operators to sell the iPhone 4. Apple chose two of India’s major carriers – Bharti Airtel and Aircel – as partners to sell Apple’s most recent iPhone model, the iPhone 4, which was...

FTC and DOJ Set to Ink Landmark Agreement with Chinese Counterparts

Posted  07/8/11
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) plan to sign a memorandum of understanding with China’s three antitrust enforcement agencies, signaling the first formal pact of cooperation between U.S. and Chinese regulators. This deal comes on the heels of China’s sweeping antitrust reform, a policy it developed with advice from foreign agencies like the FTC.  The growing...
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