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Apple faces another abuse complaint over tracking app

Apple faces another abuse complaint over tracking app

29 May 2020

Location tracking app developer Tile has complained to the European Commission that Apple unfairly favours its own equivalent application to the detriment of rivals, several months after the company raised similar concerns in the US.

EU waives Takeda/Shire merger commitments

EU waives Takeda/Shire merger commitments

29 May 2020

The European Commission has waived the conditions it imposed on Takeda’s 2018 takeover of rival Shire due to “permanent, significant and unforeseeable developments” that occurred as the drugmaker attempted to complete its required divestiture.

Austria’s top court throws out abuse claim against public broadcaster

Austria’s top court throws out abuse claim against public broadcaster

29 May 2020

Austria’s Supreme Court of Justice has dismissed a standalone claim by pay-TV provider M7 accusing the national public broadcaster of charging excessive fees to decrypt its television broadcasts.

Global spotlight: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 29 May 2020

29 May 2020

Potential investigations or decisions are looming throughout the Asia-Pacific region against some major global names – from German food delivery platform Delivery Hero to French fashion icon Chanel and US technology giant Google. There was some good news for global companies, as Mylan and Pfizer pushed their tie-up through in Taiwan and New Zealand signed off on an Elanco Animal Health divestiture, part of the company’s strategy to get its larger acquisition of Bayer’s animal health business cleared.

Market investigations would give EU a “powerful tool”, lawyers say

Market investigations would give EU a “powerful tool”, lawyers say

28 May 2020

Lawyers have said potential new market investigation powers would significantly increase the European Commission’s enforcement capabilities, as the agency confirmed it will propose an “ex ante competition tool” at the end of this year.

Bulgaria raids petrol association in coronavirus price-fixing probe

Bulgaria raids petrol association in coronavirus price-fixing probe

28 May 2020

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition has raided the offices of an association of petroleum companies after the country’s public prosecutor warned of discrepancies between the cost of global crude oil and local fuel prices.

General Court annuls CK Hutchison/Telefonica block in landmark decision

General Court annuls CK Hutchison/Telefonica block in landmark decision

28 May 2020

The EU General Court has overturned the European Commission’s decision to block the sale of Telefónica’s UK mobile business to CK Hutchison, widely criticising the enforcer for how it analyses competitive effects in merger control.

Kosovo imposes record fine on fuel cartel

Kosovo imposes record fine on fuel cartel

28 May 2020

The Kosovo Competition Authority has imposed its highest ever fine on 14 petrol suppliers for unlawfully coordinating prices.

EU checks on Air Canada/Transat deal

EU checks on Air Canada/Transat deal

27 May 2020

The European Commission has taken Air Canada’s proposed acquisition of Transat to a Phase II review, but lawyers say the coronavirus pandemic means the fate of the deal is still uncertain.

Dutch court dismisses private abuse of dominance appeal

Dutch court dismisses private abuse of dominance appeal

27 May 2020

A Dutch court has rejected an abuse of dominance complaint against an online real estate portal, in a decision that one lawyer said will set an almost insurmountable bar for the standard of proof in standalone damages claims.