March 24, 2011, George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, in Association with the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ), livestreaming event at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (6:00 p.m. in Geneva, CH)
Judge Danny Chin: "Before the Court is plaintiffs' motion pursuant ,to Rule
23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for final approval of
the proposed settlement of this class action on the terms set
forth in the Amended Settlement Agreement (the "ASA"). The
question presented is whether the ASA is fair, adequate, and
reasonable. I conclude that it is not." Nine significant snippets:
From the OFT's Press release:
"In the context of China's new Anti-Monopoly Law, the OFT will exchange expertise on issues including abuse of dominance, the relationship between intellectual property and competition and market definitions. The MOU also facilitates co-operation with China in handling common and complex consumer protection issues such as cross-border purchasing and protecting consumers online."
Aus der Pressemeldung des Bundeskartellamtes:" Die Kenntnis über die zu erwartenden Forderungen des Einzelhandels sowie die Reaktionen der maßgeblichen Wettbewerber auf diese Forderungen, konnten das eigene Marktverhalten ebenso entscheidend beeinflussen, wie die Information über beabsichtigte Preiserhöhungen der Konkurrenz. Informationen dieser Art werden von den Unternehmen normalerweise hoch vertraulich behandelt".
From the Press Release: "The OFT's 'Commissioning and Competition in the Public Sector' study, published today, argues that having an open, transparent and competitive tender process is not enough on its own to ensure that public services markets are open and contestable, both over the short-term and long-term. Achieving effective competition in public services must also involve: reducing barriers to entry and exit, encouraging a diverse supplier base and ensuring suppliers have the right incentives to make efficiency savings, raise quality and innovate."
The launch was announced during a two days conference jointly hosted by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Kenya Monopolies and Price Commission, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Finance together with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) The newly appointed Chair, Mr Francis Kariuki said: “The ACF will raise awareness and provide support as widely as possible for the creation of strong competition regimes in Africa. The Forum will share information on appropriate practices in competition law and enforcement and will collaborate in building institutional capacity throughout the continent.”
US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivered a very nice speech (in impressive French), March 7, 2011 at the invitation of the Association Internationale de Droit Economique, in Paris (disclosure: I'm a member of that association). The title of the Seminar was "La prise en compte de l'Economique par la Cour Suprême des Etats-Unis, des cours supérieures européennes (CJUE, Cour de Cassation, Conseil Constitutionnel français, etc …)", thus, roughly, on the relevance of economics ("l'Economique", by that meaning, possibly, economic theories, models but also bare economic data) in taking legal decisions at the highest court instances, both in the US and France (but also, as other speakers covered, in Belgium).
Here. Among the announced revisions:
"- clarify that merger review is not a linear process that must start with market definition, but rather an iterative process in which evidence of market concentration is considered alongside other evidence of competitive effects, with the goal of determining whether a merger creates or enhances market power" and
"- provide more detailed guidance on how the Bureau assesses the unilateral effects of a merger, particularly in light of current economic thinking"
Exceptions and limitations to copyright with regard to libraries, education and print disabled persons - European Parliament P7C050 - 13th April 2011 10.00-13.00
Luigi Berlinguer MEP - Overview of the issues
Ádám Kósa MEP President Disability Intergroup - Copyright and disabled people’s rights
Ben White –IFLA/EBLIDA / British Library - The case for Education and Libraries
10.30 Panel 1. The book famine- what are the barriers and solutions? Wolfgang Angermann– European Blind Union
European Dyslexia Association- Raymond Claes
Q&A from the floor
11.00 Panel 2. A WIPO treaty for print disabled people?
Rodolfo Cattani EBU - Rationale for a treaty and the campaign so far
David Hammerstein – Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue
Q&A from the floor
11.45 Panel 3. Limitations and exceptions to copyright. Opinion of the EP, Commission and Council
An MEP perspective: F. Keller, F.Sosa Wagner.
The Commission’s position (speaker TBC)
Council position – Representativ…