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.
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.
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.
An appellate judge last week said he could see merit in arguments for and against compelling arbitration in an ongoing antitrust claim against Uber.
A judge hearing arguments in Anthem’s appeal against a merger block said the health insurance market’s “unusual” features make it difficult to find precedents for the government’s claim that savings from lower input costs should not be considered as antitrust efficiencies.
As the debate over internet regulation rages on, automated data processing systems in the online retail sector have received surprisingly little coverage. From Amazon to Skyscanner, price comparison softwares have become expected and even integral to modern living. But with the ease provided by the increasingly ubiquitous software has also come an easier pathway to collusion, and difficulties with regards to its prosecution.
The central bank of Malaysia yesterday lashed out at the country’s competition authority, claiming it overstepped its bounds and undermined consumers by charging nearly two dozen automotive insurance companies with breaking competition law. Ron Knox at GCR Live Singapore
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