20 April 2017
Canada’s Federal Court yesterday stayed Kobo’s application for a judicial review of the second round of Competition Bureau e-book settlements, in order to let the country’s specialist competition tribunal rule on whether Canada has jurisdiction over the alleged e-book price-fixing.
11 April 2017
In opening arguments in its case against 1-800 Contacts today, counsel to the US Federal Trade Commission argued that Google and other search engines were harmed by agreements that limit the ability of rival contact lens retailers to buy search advertising using 1-800 Contacts’ trademarked name.
03 April 2017
Australia’s competition watchdog has denied four banks permission to collectively boycott Apple Pay and collectively negotiate with the technology company to develop their own digital wallets on Apple’s iOS platform.
31 March 2017
Italy’s competition watchdog yesterday opened an investigation into twelve companies, their subsidiaries and a trade association follwing suspicions they rigged the market for corrugated cardboard and packaging.
22 March 2017
Italy’s Council of State has upheld a decision to quash a €29 million fine on two insurance companies, after finding that the country’s competition watchdog had failed to show that the parallel conduct was due to illegal agreements.
22 March 2017
Norway’s Competition Authority today fined four publishers 32 million kroner (€3.5 million) for boycotting a book distributor in favour of a distributor they jointly owned.
20 March 2017
The Competition Tribunal of South Africa on Thursday signed off on a fine of 10 million rand (€740,000) on Blinkwater Mills for fixing the price of maize, in another settlement of one of the longest running complaints in the history of the competition authority.
17 March 2017
Japan’s competition authority issued a warning to Deutsche Bank on Wednesday for exchanging information with Citi Securities and rigging bids in the European government bond market, in a rare investigation into cartels in the Japanese finance sector.
08 March 2017
E-book retailer Kobo has asked a Canadian federal court to quash the Competition Bureau’s second round of e-book settlements, while HarperCollins has pushed back against the enforcer’s allegations that it conspired with other publishing houses and Apple to raise e-book prices.
06 March 2017
Spain’s competition authority has fined Renfe and Deutsche Bahn a total of €75.6 million for restrictions on competition and abuse of dominance in the rail freight market – penalties including the largest that this enforcer ever has imposed on a single company.