Joint Conduct

Visa and MasterCard interchange fees are anticompetitive, says Mauritian enforcer

Visa and MasterCard interchange fees are anticompetitive, says Mauritian enforcer

15 August 2019

The Competition Commission of Mauritius has ordered Visa and MasterCard to cap their interchange fees after finding the credit card issuers abused their dominance by setting unreasonably high rates.

COMESA scores hearing over football broadcasting rights

COMESA scores hearing over football broadcasting rights

24 July 2019

The regional competition enforcer for eastern and southern Africa has referred the Confederation of African Football for an evidentiary hearing – but first is looking to hire an independent expert consultant to assist it with legal and economic analysis.

Romanian enforcer suggests restricting fuel price increases

Romanian enforcer suggests restricting fuel price increases

10 July 2019

In an attempt to prevent parallel pricing tactics, Romania’s competition authority has urged the country’s parliament to ban fuel stations from raising their prices outside of set times.

CMA investigates private healthcare market

CMA investigates private healthcare market

09 July 2019

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is investigating suspected collusion in the private healthcare market, five years after it first attempted to overhaul the sector.

UK government files pay-for-delay damages claim

UK government files pay-for-delay damages claim

25 June 2019

The UK government and National Health Service (NHS) have submitted a damages claim against drug maker Lundbeck and nine other pharmaceutical companies, following the European Commission’s 2013 pay-for-delay decision.

India fines drugmakers and associations

India fines drugmakers and associations

05 June 2019

India’s antitrust watchdog has fined two pharmaceutical companies, several senior employees and two pharmacist associations about €9.5 million for anticompetitively controlling the supply of medicine in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

French enforcer fines but allows exclusivity in overseas territory

French enforcer fines but allows exclusivity in overseas territory

31 May 2019

France’s Competition Authority has fined two biomedical companies for operating an exclusive distribution scheme in French Guiana – but permitted the arrangement to continue, due to the specialised nature of distributing medical devices overseas.

French enforcer dismisses Canal Plus’ abuse claim

French enforcer dismisses Canal Plus’ abuse claim

28 May 2019

France’s Competition Authority has allowed incumbent television broadcasters to include the rights of first and last refusal in contracts to finance French-language films.

European enforcers raid French supermarkets

European enforcers raid French supermarkets

22 May 2019

EU and French competition enforcers have searched French grocery retailers, as part of a probe reportedly targeting a joint purchasing alliance between Casino and Intermarché.

Russian enforcer finds top mobile networks discriminated against private banks

Russian enforcer finds top mobile networks discriminated against private banks

15 May 2019

Russia’s competition watchdog has found that the country’s leading mobile operators abused their dominance by charging private banks up to 10 times more to send SMS messages than they charged state-owned banks.