Autumn 2014, Volume 11, Number 1
Antitrust Chronicle – INFORMATION SHARING & ANTITRUST
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 IFTRA Glass Containers and later the UK Tractor information exchanges, and in the United States as far back as the 1920s with cases such as Maple Flooring or American Column & Lumber. Information exchanges between competitors have not only given rise to a considerable amount of cases, but also to interpretative notices by the respective competition authorities. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice jointly issued in 2000 the Antitrust Guidelines for Collaboration Among Competitors, and the European Commission issued in 2011 the Guidelines on the Applicability of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to Horizontal Cooperation Agreements.