Joint Conduct

Reviewing DG Comp’s recent investigative activity

Reviewing DG Comp’s recent investigative activity

09 November 2017

Cornerstone Research London head Peter Davis and principal Maria Maher analyse patterns in the numbers of recent European Commission antitrust investigations – the apparent drop in cartel probes and the current flurry of investigations following the e-commerce sector inquiry.

Concordia fights rare CMA search warrant

Concordia fights rare CMA search warrant

06 November 2017

Drugmaker Concordia is fighting a search warrant that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority obtained as part of the antitrust enforcer’s hydrocortisone pay-for-delay investigation.

DG Comp closes refrigerant probe but leaves door open

DG Comp closes refrigerant probe but leaves door open

25 October 2017

The European Commission has closed its investigation into complaints it received in 2011 concerning the joint venture between Honeywell and DuPont for the production of a chemical for air conditioning cars, but is still assessing a new complaint.

CMA launches price comparison investigation off the back of market study

CMA launches price comparison investigation off the back of market study

26 September 2017

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has highlighted possible improvements to boost competition in the price comparison website sector, and launched an enforcement investigation of an operator’s exclusivity agreements with home insurance providers.

ECJ should uphold Italian enforcer on Roche/Novartis, AG says

21 September 2017

Advocate-General Henrik Øe has urged the European Court of Justice to rule in favour of a decision to fine Roche and Novartis for colluding to induce consumers to use a more expensive drug rather than a cheaper off-label alternative, and to confirm the Italian competition enforcer's finding of a by-object restriction of competition.

Portugal accepts information exchange commitments

Portugal accepts information exchange commitments

18 September 2017

Portugal's competition agency has accepted commitments from a credit providers' association, following suspicions that information exchanges from some of its members could harm competition in the country's specialised credit sector.

New Zealand shakes up enforcement regime

New Zealand shakes up enforcement regime

15 August 2017

New Zealand has enacted legislation that allows the country's enforcer to authorise potentially anticompetitive agreements, and enhances its power to tackle problematic mergers.

US FTC shuts down refrigerant investigation still pursued in EU

US FTC shuts down refrigerant investigation still pursued in EU

14 August 2017

The US and EU are diverging on whether to continue looking into a Honeywell and DuPont automotive refrigerant production joint venture that may have constituted an anticompetitive agreement.

Canada tribunal rejects HarperCollins e-book challenge

Canada tribunal rejects HarperCollins e-book challenge

31 July 2017

Canada's specialist competition court has refused to dismiss the Competition Bureau's e-books case against HarperCollins, despite the company's arguments that Canadian civil antitrust law does not cover the alleged US conspiracy.

Germany fines clothes maker and retailer for resale price maintenance

Germany fines clothes maker and retailer for resale price maintenance

25 July 2017

Germany's Federal Cartel Office today handed down a €10.9 million fine to a German clothes maker and a major luxury clothing retailer for resale price maintenance.