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  • 117
    19 January 2009
    Taiwan Fair Trade Commission Fined Pharmacies Cartel in Taiwan NT$195 Million

    By: Stephen C. Wu and Sophia M. Chih
    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)
    The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) decided on 31 December 2008 to fine 53 drugstores and pharmacies and 16 medicine suppliers totally NT$195 million for their concerted actions in jointly deciding and maintaining prices of radio-advertised medicine.

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  • 118
    26 December 2008
    Taiwan Fair Trade Commission Granted Clearance for Vertical Combination of Programming Providers and Cable TV System Operators

    By: Stephen C. Wu Sophia M. Chih
    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)
    The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) decided on 17 December 2008 to grant clearance for the proposed acquisition of 100% of the shares in Gala Television Corporation by Trinity NL B.V. through Trinity's subsidiary in Taiwan.

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  • 119
    26 December 2008
    Taiwan Fair Trade Commission Imposed Record-Breaking Fines on Cable TV System Operators for Failing to Report a Merger

    By: Stephen C. Wu and Jill Y.T. Chen
    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)
    On 17 December 2008, the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) found that four cable TV system operators (i.e., Ching Lian Cable TV Co., Ltd., Clear Vision CATV Ltd., Gang Du Cable TV Co., Ltd., and Harborview Cable TV Co., Ltd.) in Kaohsiung, the biggest city in southern Taiwan, jointly operated under a unified MSO (Multiple System Operators) structure without filing the combination notification with the TFTC or obtaining the TFTC's clearance and hence imposed fines on them NT$10,000,000, NT$1,800,000, NT$7,400,000 and NT$1,400,000 respectively. The fine imposed on Ching Lian Cable TV Co., Ltd. (NT$10,000,000) and the total amount of the fines in this case (NT$20,600,000) both set new records as the highest penalties for failure to file the pre-merger notification with the TFTC.

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  • 153
    01 December 2008
    Implications of the Marine Hose Cartel Case in Japan

    By: Ryunosuke Ushijima
    (This article is in Japanese)
    This article introduces the approach through the landmark cooperative relationship between the U.S. DOJ and U.K. OFT in the marine hose international cartel case. Compared to those countries, the criminal enforcement action in the same case is limited in Japan due to the official policy of the Japan FTC.

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  • 120
    01 November 2008
    Taiwan Fair Trade Commission Bars Instant Noodle Combination

    By: Yvonne Hsieh
    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)
    In a decision dated 10 September 2008, the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) ruled on a proposal by a leading instant noodle vendor to indirectly acquire, through a subsidiary, more than one third of the shares in another leading instant noodle vendor. Finding that the proposed takeover was likely to significantly restrict competition, and considering the insignificance of the overall economic benefit of the proposed takeover, the TFTC held that the overall economic benefit of the business combination would not outweigh the disbenefit of restraint of competition, and barred the takeover.

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