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Malta proposes abolishing competition appeals tribunal

Malta proposes abolishing competition appeals tribunal

14 August 2018

Malta’s government is consulting on a series of amendments to its competition law, in part to remedy constitutional defects brought to light in 2016.

Royal Mail to appeal against record fine from regulator

Royal Mail to appeal against record fine from regulator

14 August 2018

The UK’s incumbent postal company has said it will appeal against a £50 million fine handed down by the country’s communications regulator for abusing its dominant position in the market for delivery of business letters.

Exclusive dealing incurs €3.5 million fine for Australian polycarb distributors

Exclusive dealing incurs €3.5 million fine for Australian polycarb distributors

14 August 2018

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered polycarbonate roofing distributors Palram and Ampelite to pay A$5.5 million (€3.5 million) in combined penalties for an exclusive dealing agreement with a third company – which is still fighting the charges.

Portugal hits Super Bock with RPM chargesheet

Portugal hits Super Bock with RPM chargesheet

13 August 2018

Portugal’s Competition Authority has sent a statement of objections to the brewer Super Bock Group and six of its directors for alleged resale price maintenance.

Egypt could stop potential Uber/Careem deal

Egypt could stop potential Uber/Careem deal

13 August 2018

Egypt’s Competition Authority will attempt to block any deal between Uber and Careem by relying on the country’s laws that prohibit anticompetitive agreements or abuse of dominance, a source close to the authority has said.

New competition head joins DLA Piper in Finland

New competition head joins DLA Piper in Finland

13 August 2018

DLA Piper has appointed Mika Oinonen as the new head of competition in the firm’s Helsinki office.

Grab/Uber conditionally cleared in the Philippines

Grab/Uber conditionally cleared in the Philippines

10 August 2018

The Philippine Competition Commission has conditionally cleared Grab’s acquisition of Uber’s business in southeast Asia, subject to a series of commitments by Grab to ensure service quality and pricing levels.

Qualcomm swaps Taiwan fine for commitments

Qualcomm swaps Taiwan fine for commitments

10 August 2018

Taiwan’s competition authority has revoked most of the €653 million fine it imposed on Qualcomm last year for abusing its dominance in the mobile phone chip market, and instead reached commitments based on public interest considerations.

CADE fines Toshiba and Mitsubishi

CADE fines Toshiba and Mitsubishi

09 August 2018

Brazil’s competition authority has fined Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric €1.1 million for their roles in the global gas-insulated switchgear cartel.

Israel invokes “failing firm” doctrine in media merger

Israel invokes “failing firm” doctrine in media merger

09 August 2018

Israel’s competition watchdog has approved a three-to-two deal between a pair of rival television broadcasters, because without the merger one of the companies would become insolvent.