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    Comment: Cameron’s staff explored ‘Norway’ option for ‘Brexit’ (update*)
    Author: Matthew Newman
    8 Mar 16 | 16:59 GMT
    IN BRIEF
    A member of David Cameron’s staff met with officials from a trade association of four non-EU states to discuss the legal implications of membership of the group that would give Britain access to the European single market after leaving the bloc, MLex has learned. The UK prime minister has since suggested that the “Norway option” — outside of the EU but inside the European Free Trade Association — wouldn’t work for Britain.
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    ‘Brexit’ would increase merger, antitrust burdens for business, Fingleton says
    Author: Lewis Crofts
    29 Feb 16 | 11:47 GMT
    IN BRIEF
    Businesses active in Britain would face greater costs, more risk and potentially higher fines if the country left the EU, John Fingleton, former head of the UK’s competition authority said. Companies would have to comply with a separate UK regime for mergers and antitrust, while in substance the laws would remain the same, he speculated.
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    Changing energy industry raises employment problems for EU
    Author: Emily Waterfield
    27 Jan 16 | 16:47 GMT
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    Efforts to clean up power production will bring social problems linked to the closure of coal mines and a lack of renewable-energy expertise in Europe, senior EU officials have conceded. They plan to draft ideas for dealing with that jobs shift in a strategy paper due out in March.
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    US prosecution 'ruined me,' says Europe's first extradited cartel executive
    Author: Lewis Crofts*
    9 Dec 15 | 13:48 GMT
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    Romano Pisciotti was the first European businessman ever extradited to the US on cartel charges. The experience left him "totally ruined," he tells MLex in an interview. His story busts the myth that white-collar criminals get special treatment, and serves as a warning to others considering price fixing.
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    European regulator greets Silicon Valley with an olive branch
    Author: Mike Swift
    15 Sep 15 | 23:02 GMT
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    Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Union data protection supervisor, told MLex that his visit to Silicon Valley this week, which includes meetings with companies such as Uber Technologies and Google, is more about listening and learning than preaching. That stance was clear as Buttarelli began his circuit of Silicon Valley with an appearance at a technology policy forum Tuesday, opening with the words: "I’m not here to preach.”
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    Comment: RICO extraterritoriality may bring FIFA case to US Supreme Court
    Author: Leah Nylen
    4 Jun 15 | 18:03 GMT
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    In choosing to bring racketeering charges against FIFA officials and executives, US prosecutors have waded into a split between US courts as to whether the law can be used to challenge conduct that occurs abroad and how much of an alleged racketeering enterprise must take place within the US for the law to apply.
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    Comment: Botched prosecution highlights possible difficulties of pursuing fraud cases for conduct abroad
    Author: Leah Nylen
    3 Jun 15 | 17:23 GMT
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    In a strongly worded opinion, a California federal judge threw out fraud charges against two Ukrainian men accused of paying bribes to a Venezuelan national in Canada, calling the case one of the most “misguided prosecutions” he had ever seen. The botched prosecution, which is now being appealed, highlights one of the difficulties that US prosecutors can sometimes face in bringing fraud charges against foreign individuals for conduct that occurred abroad.
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    China SAIC’s essential facility doctrine in new regulation sends warning to patent holders
    Author: MLex Staff
    13 Apr 15 | 19:32 GMT
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    China’s antitrust watchdog, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, has officially introduced a landmark regulation on antitrust enforcement in the intellectual property sphere, but the adoption of an essential facility doctrine could threaten multinational patent holders.
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    Comment: Litigation uptick changes landscape for law firms
    Author: Lewis Crofts and Sille Ruubel
    13 Apr 15 | 10:44 GMT
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    The steady rise of damages litigation in Europe has changed the way companies tangled up in price fixing assess risks and the multimillion-euro payouts they face. But it has also changed the way law firms organize their services and manage investigations for clients.
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    Chinese lawyer seeking companies to file civil antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm
    Author: MLex Staff
    9 Apr 15 | 07:23 GMT
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    A Chinese lawyer is soliciting victimized companies to launch a follow-on civil antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm in the wake of a landmark penalty levied on the US chipmaker by the National Development and Reform Commission in February. 
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