Joint Conduct

South African tribunal throws out commission’s cinema case

South African tribunal throws out commission’s cinema case

09 February 2018

South Africa’s specialist competition court has dismissed a complaint from the country’s competition authority alleging that two rival cinemas enforced an illegal market-sharing agreement.

Canadian court issues final ruling in e-books saga

Canadian court issues final ruling in e-books saga

05 February 2018

Following two years of litigation, consent agreements between four major publishers and Canada’s competition enforcer will come into full effect, after Canada’s Federal Court last week rejected an e-book retailer’s challenge to the settlements’ validity.

ECJ backs Italian enforcer in Roche/Novartis

23 January 2018

The EU’s top court has upheld the principle that an agreement to disseminate misleading information about products can violate competition law – the basis for Italy’s antitrust enforcer to fine two drugmakers for claiming that off-label use of a drug was dangerous.

Singapore seeks to streamline air alliance alert

22 January 2018

Singapore’s antitrust enforcer plans to introduce a merger review-like “streamlined” notification procedure for airline alliance agreements.

CAT allows Ping to introduce new evidence

CAT allows Ping to introduce new evidence

15 January 2018

The UK’s specialist antitrust tribunal today allowed Ping to introduce new evidence in its fight against a Competition and Markets Authority finding that the golf retailer imposed an illegal online sales ban – with arguments showing how relations broke down between the company and the enforcer during the investigation.

New Zealand warns veterinarians

New Zealand warns veterinarians

10 January 2018

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has warned VetLife not to enter into any future supply agreements with rival veterinarians, after the enforcer found the company became part of an illegal price-fixing arrangement in 2015.

Hong Kong banks seek exemption

05 January 2018

Fourteen banks have asked Hong Kong’s Competition Commission to bless their Code of Banking Practice, as complying with the code is in effect mandatory.

ECJ upholds Telefónica/Portugal Telecom decision

ECJ upholds Telefónica/Portugal Telecom decision

15 December 2017

The EU’s highest court has confirmed that Telefónica and Portugal Telecom’s agreement to stay out of each other’s way in the Iberian market was a hardcore restriction of competition – despite Telefónica’s claims that it was pushed into the clause by Portugal’s government.

CMA fines laundry companies for market sharing

CMA fines laundry companies for market sharing

14 December 2017

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has fined two NHS-contracted laundry companies £1.71 million (€1.71 million) for dividing up customers in a market-sharing agreement.

Coty judgment backs luxury manufacturers

Coty judgment backs luxury manufacturers

Premium 06 December 2017

The EU’s highest court has ruled that selective distribution systems that aim to preserve products’ luxury image do not violate European antitrust law by restricting third-party online platform sales, and confirmed that platform bans are not hardcore restrictions of competition.