NOV-14(1)

In this issue: Information exchanges between competitors have long challenged global competition authorities. Whether via trade associations or otherwise, such exchanges can be productive for consumers—enabling cost savings through collective know-how re improving products or production efficiency—or detrimental, hiding price-fixing or bid-rigging. And with data now a global product, such challenges will only increase in […]

Trade and Professional Associations in Canada: An Update

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Mark Katz, Nov 11, 2014 Canada’s Competition Bureau has maintained its focus on trade and professional associations in 2014. This has involved not only various forms of prosecutions and proceedings but also initiatives in a growing part of the Bureau’s enforcement agenda: advocacy […]

Trade Associations in Asia: A Predictable Focus of the Authorities

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Mark Jephcott, Tom Kemp, Nov 11, 2014 Trade and industry associations may be formed by businesses for legitimate reasons that enhance competition: Small businesses may find increased bargaining power when negotiating as part of a trade association, and an association may develop and enforce […]

“But the Bridge Will Fall” is Not a Valid Defense to an Antitrust Lawsuit

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Jarod Bona, Nov 11, 2014 The Supreme Court addressed such a group in 1978 in the great case of National Society of Professional Engineers v. United States. That case involved an association of engineers that believed that its members were above competing on […]

Increasing Fines vs. Incentivizing Corporate Compliance: A Case for Compliance

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Kathryn Hellings, Daniel Shulak, Nov 11, 2014 This past summer the United States Sentencing Commission prompted a public debate about the adequacy of fines imposed in criminal antitrust cases by including the issue in its list of priorities for the then upcoming fiscal […]

Information Exchanges and Competition Law: A Few Comparative Law Thoughts

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Pedro Callol, Nov 11, 2014 Information exchanges between competitors have been an object of interest for competition authorities on both sides of the Atlantic for decades now; in the European Union since the 1970s with cases such as the IFTRAGlass Containers and later […]

Collusion Versus Collaboration: Getting It Right

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Neha Georgie, Nov 11, 2014 Collaboration between firms in an industry can be beneficial to both firms and consumers in a market, insofar as firms are indeed only co-operating rather than colluding on anticompetitive outcomes. There is a fine line between the two […]