In Broadcom Test, EU Tries To Resurrect 'Interim Measures'

By Bryan Koenig (June 28, 2019, 6:15 PM EDT) -- European Union antitrust officials are trying for the first time in nearly two decades to temporarily halt potentially anti-competitive behavior before finishing a formal investigation, in what experts say is likely a test case aimed at responding to criticism that competition enforcement has gotten too slow.

The European Commission is seeking those interim measures as it probes Broadcom Inc. for potentially anti-competitive practices imposed on customers buying chips for modems and television set-top boxes. The EC wants Broadcom barred from using exclusivity rebates and other restrictive sales practices during the probe announced June 26, instead of waiting until after the investigation concludes....

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