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.
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.
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.
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.
04 December 2019
The Competition Commission of South Africa has given Vodacom and MTN two months to lower their prices for data services, or face excessive pricing charges.
13 November 2019
The line between permissible information exchange and collusion is not as clear cut as many businesses and trade associations would prefer, lawyers from Europe, North America and Asia have said.
15 October 2019
Sports Direct has lashed out at Nike and Adidas, alleging they exploit their superior bargaining power to segment the sportswear market and refuse to deal with downstream rivals.
10 October 2019
France’s Competition Authority has announced it will send officials to French overseas territories ahead of reviewing the largest-ever merger in the regions, one day after it fined Coty, Procter & Gamble and Chanel over exclusive import agreements with retailers in the same territories.
09 September 2019
For the first time in more than two decades, Ukraine’s competition authority has ordered a manufacturing group to divest businesses, after finding the company abused its dominance in the fertiliser market.
30 August 2019
Valve reportedly intends to fight the European Commission’s geoblocking charges, while five other video game developers reportedly plan to settle with the EU enforcer.