EU: Vivendi to cap Mediaset voting rights, for now

EU: Vivendi to cap Mediaset voting rights, for now

France’s Vivendi plans to cap its voting rights in Mediaset to comply with an Italian antitrust ruling over its stakes in the broadcaster and Telecom Italia as it prepares to appeal the ruling in court, a source close to the matter said. Italy’s communications authority AGCOM in April said Vivendi had one year to cut […]

India: High court questions regulator’s probe against Roche

India: High court questions regulator’s probe against Roche

The Delhi high court on Wednesday observed that an investigation initiated by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against Roche Products (India) for abuse of dominant position was an ‘interference in the administration of justice’. CCI had initiated investigation against Roche and held it to be abusing its position as a market leader resulting in […]

Competition Buzz: The Convergence between Intellectual Property and Competition Law under Ecuadorian Legislation

Competition Buzz: The Convergence between Intellectual Property and Competition Law under Ecuadorian Legislation

By: Luis Marin Tobar Despite the fact that competition law and intellectual property apparently have opposing interests, they are two closely related subjects. Intellectual property as an institution is founded upon retributing creation by the human intellect through various forms of protection of intellectual and industrial property. This retribution constitutes an incentive to promote creativity […]

South Korea: KT&G Included on FTC conglomerates watch list

South Korea: KT&G Included on FTC conglomerates watch list

Four South Korean conglomerates – Korea Investment, KT&G, Harim and KCC – newly joined the country’s large business club this year after each group’s total assets have increased to exceed $8.82 billion, according to the nation’s antitrust agency. Following the upgrade, the four large conglomerates are put on the antitrust agency’s watch list, meaning that […]

Chile: Commission suspects laboratory collusion

Chile: Commission suspects laboratory collusion

Socialist Party deputy Juan Luis Castro has revealed his growing suspicions regarding possible price-fixing between several laboratories across the country, representing much of Chile’s pharmaceutical industry. The congressman has pointed to a 42% increase in the prices of 16 of the country’s 20 most-used medications, all during a short period between 2015 and 2016. Castro, […]

EEUU: Reforma de Medicaid permitirá colaboración entre hospitales

EEUU: Reforma de Medicaid permitirá colaboración entre hospitales

Prestadores de servicios de salud del estado de Nueva York trabajarán juntos bajo un programa de excepción del sistema de seguro médico Federal Medicaid, el cual buscará mejorar la calidad de servicio, reducir los costos y, quizá, ofrecer cierta protección contra demandas por infracciones a leyes de competencia. Cuáles serán los beneficios para los afiliados […]

US: Class certification denied in lithium battery case

US: Class certification denied in lithium battery case

A federal judge Wednesday denied certification to two proposed classes of plaintiffs in a sprawling antitrust case accusing electronics firms of fixing the prices of lithium ion batteries for more than a decade. US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers denied without prejudice motions by both indirect and direct purchasers of the batteries, finding that both […]

EU: Commission approves acquisition of Hamburg Süd by Maersk Line

EU: Commission approves acquisition of Hamburg Süd by Maersk Line

The European Commission has cleared proposed acquisition of container liner shipping company Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (HSDG) of Germany by Maersk Line A/S of Denmark, subject to conditions. Both Maersk Line and HSDG are active worldwide in container liner shipping. The clearance is conditional upon the withdrawal of HSDG from five consortia on trade routes […]

US: House Committee votes to narrow FTC merger enforcement

US: House Committee votes to narrow FTC merger enforcement

On the 5th of April, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would curtail the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to challenge mergers. The legislation would provide greater certainty to the merger review process by harmonizing conflicting approaches at the FTC and the Department of Justice. Critics argue that it would unnecessarily weaken the FTC by […]

EU: Portugal rejects recommendation to open up fibre network

EU: Portugal rejects recommendation to open up fibre network

On Friday, ANACOM Portugal’s telecoms regulator, reported it had rejected the European Commission’s recommendation that it open up part of Altice’s national fibre optic network to rivals. Last year ANACOM had indicated that it would not comply with the recommendation, prompting Brussels to conduct an inquiry and to warn that the European Commission could pursue […]