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Turkey launches sprawling coronavirus-related probe

Turkey launches sprawling coronavirus-related probe

11 May 2020

Nivea, Johnson & Johnson and Carrefour are among the 29 companies that Turkey’s Competition Authority is investigating for allegedly inflating prices during the covid-19 pandemic.

AG Pitruzzella: Paramount commitments decision violates EU legal principles

AG Pitruzzella: Paramount commitments decision violates EU legal principles

07 May 2020

The European Commission did not adequately consider broadcasters’ interests when it agreed commitments with Paramount to stop geoblocking, EU Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella has said.

DG Comp official: EU is considering “restorative or prescriptive” antitrust remedies

DG Comp official: EU is considering “restorative or prescriptive” antitrust remedies

24 April 2020

A senior official at the European Commission has said it is considering whether it needs to impose broader remedies in antitrust cases that go beyond the usual “cease and desist” requirements.

EU issues rare guidance letter on coronavirus collaboration

EU issues rare guidance letter on coronavirus collaboration

09 April 2020

The European Commission has blessed a pharmaceutical cooperation scheme spearheaded by Medicines for Europe under new rules that permit competitor collaboration to ensure the supply of essential products during the covid-19 pandemic.

Competition enforcers tackle coronavirus

Competition enforcers tackle coronavirus

06 March 2020

Enforcers in Poland, the UK, Iceland and Armenia are using their powers to aid in their respective governments’ responses to the global coronavirus outbreak.

Brazil takes interim measures against gym labour unions

Brazil takes interim measures against gym labour unions

24 February 2020

Brazil’s competition authority has opened a probe and put interim measures on gym unions in Rio de Janeiro, over an anticompetitive clause in the gyms’ agreement with union members.

European Commission: national autonomy is “subordinate” to EU competition rules

European Commission: national autonomy is “subordinate” to EU competition rules

23 January 2020

The European Commission took the “exceptional step” of intervening in the UK interchange fee litigation because the case raises “important questions” about the “coherence” of national bodies applying EU competition law, the enforcer’s counsel has said.

Visa and MasterCard claims are “fanciful”, retailers tell UK Supreme Court

Visa and MasterCard claims are “fanciful”, retailers tell UK Supreme Court

22 January 2020

Retailers have pushed back against Visa’s and MasterCard’s claims that their interchange fees are exempt from competition law, arguing that any purported benefits must go to merchants – not cardholders – to outweigh the fees’ restriction of competition.

MasterCard: let us “wield a broad axe” to defend conduct

MasterCard: let us “wield a broad axe” to defend conduct

21 January 2020

Empirical data should not be required to prove a company’s conduct is exempt from competition law, counsel to MasterCard has argued to the UK Supreme Court.

Lower court conflated facts with law, Visa tells UK Supreme Court

Lower court conflated facts with law, Visa tells UK Supreme Court

20 January 2020

A UK appeals court was wrong to find that Visa’s and Mastercard’s multilateral interchange fees are anticompetitive, because it ignored evidence that the level of the fees did not affect merchants’ ability to negotiate with banks, Visa’s counsel has argued.