Antitrust Matters — February 2014

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DLA Piper has published the first edition of its global competition newsletter, Antitrust Matters.


European Union

  • Holier-than-thou fiscal exemptions approved by the Council do not escape state aid control
  • EU merger notifications: simplified and streamlined, somewhat
  • Concerted practice or why you should keep on fighting competitors
  • European Commission investigates restrictions of online sales


  • FCO notice on domestic effects in merger
  • Online sales restrictions under scrutiny of FCO


  • The use of temporary joint ventures is not an antitrust infringement Ex Se
  • Public statements of senior management scrutinised


  • Recent legislative changes


  • Key changes in the pipeline: new enforcement tools and harsher sanctions


  • Competition Council exonerates majority of parties investigated in relation to buy-back campaigns for waste electric and 
    electronic equipment


  • Fine upheld in construction cartel


  • First steps of the new competition authority

Americas and the US

  • US record five-year jail price-fixing sentence imposed
  • 2013 antitrust developments for insurance companies

Asia-Pacific and Australia

  • It’s reform season down under; from mining boom to dining boom

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