Joint Conduct

Italian enforcer overruled on taxi dominance decision

Italian enforcer overruled on taxi dominance decision

03 May 2019

Noting the two-sided nature of the market, an Italian court has overturned the competition authority’s decision that a taxi dispatch service’s non-compete agreements with drivers were freezing rivals out of the market.

Canadian court knocks back beer appeal

Canadian court knocks back beer appeal

26 April 2019

A Canadian appeals court has upheld a decision dismissing a class action claim that accused a beer retailer and the country’s national liquor board of collusion, reiterating that the regulated conduct defence extends to both criminal and civil litigation.

Spain smokes out tobacco information sharing

15 April 2019

Spain’s competition authority has fined three tobacco companies and a distributor €57.1 million for agreeing to share real-time sales data – in the agency’s first use of an effects-based analysis for information exchange.

Ireland’s first gun-jumping prosecution ends in charitable donation

Ireland’s first gun-jumping prosecution ends in charitable donation

10 April 2019

The first gun-jumping case referred by Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission for prosecution has resulted in a guilty plea and €2,000 donation to a local charity.

South Africa issues gun-jumping guidelines

South Africa issues gun-jumping guidelines

03 April 2019

The Competition Commission of South Africa has introduced new guidance that states it will calculate fines for failure to notify a deal based on merger filing fees, and will no longer use a turnover-based methodology.

EU accepts pay-TV commitments

EU accepts pay-TV commitments

07 March 2019

The European Commission has ended a major probe into four US movie studios and UK broadcaster Sky, now that it has accepted commitments that will end cross-border pay-TV content blocking.

Visa and Mastercard face another interchange fees probe

Visa and Mastercard face another interchange fees probe

04 March 2019

Three Russian retail associations have asked the country’s competition enforcer to investigate Visa and Mastercard for imposing potentially discriminatory interchange fees on retailers.

First hub-and-spoke fines issued in Chile

First hub-and-spoke fines issued in Chile

04 March 2019

Chile’s competition tribunal has fined Walmart and two other retailers for implementing a scheme to fix resale chicken prices, in a precedent-setting decision that rewarded a compliance programme for the first time while relying on an earlier major probe into the wholesale market.

CMA sends third SO in hydrocortisone probe

CMA sends third SO in hydrocortisone probe

28 February 2019

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that drugmakers Auden McKenzie and Waymade artificially inflated prices of a life-saving drug through a pay-for-delay scheme.

Albanian enforcer launches in-depth banking probe

Albanian enforcer launches in-depth banking probe

05 February 2019

Albania’s antitrust watchdog is investigating the country’s four largest banks, after a preliminary look suggested they may have coordinated rates for loan interest, mortgages and foreign exchange commissions.