Our look back at January’s activity brings us a view of a world in transition, with national regulators shoring up their powers and gearing up for what looks to some like a post-new year turn towards introspection and protectionist impulses. Get up to date with these developing tendencies!
Jamison Davies and Robert P. LoBue (Antitrust Update)
Pablo Ibanez Colomo (Chilling Competition)
Due to the ubiquitous status of pets in North America, it is likely that most would expect the industry built around pets to be quite a profitable space for business.
Eliza Dinale (Deal Law Wire)
Aleksander Stawicki (Kluwer Competition)
Manufacturers of container board and corrugated products have asked the Supreme Court to weigh in on a Circuit split concerning the impact of negotiated prices on class certification in antitrust cases brought under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
Yesterday, on 19 January 2017, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) published the first order involving leniency in a cartel case, heralding a much awaited and welcome chapter in its cartel enforcement regime.
Are perceptions of increased pushback in Brussels and Washington on international combinations reflected in Irish enforcement? What change (if any) does new management at the Irish agency herald, how did Ireland’s most controversial deal of the year fare in Brussels, and what important change might a remedies settlement in August 2016 signal?
In the past, the Antitrust Division has used its “Frequently Asked Questions” piece to announce significant changes in the Amnesty Program. In November 2008, for example, they made mandatory an explicit admission of criminal wrongdoing. Before then, the applicant need only have reported “possible” criminal activity.
James L. McGinnis (Antitrust Law blog)
Today, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published a 60-second summary for company directors to avoid disqualification for breaches of competition law. Please see the full text of the guidance here. This is part of a series of CMA short and simple guides on competition law and is relevant to all directors whose companies fall within the scope of EU or UK competition law.
Oliver Heinisch (Sheppard Mullin Antitrust)
President Donald Trump last week designated Maureen K. Ohlhausen as acting chair of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). Ohlhausen is a vocal critic of government involvement in the market, suggesting the FTC under her leadership will employ a lighter touch with regard to enforcement and regulatory actions.
Kathrina Szymborski and Jonathan H. Hatch (Antitrust Update)