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Coronavirus round-up: CMA clarifies approach to cooperation

27 March 2020

Competition authorities worldwide continue to mobilise in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic, with enforcers in the UK and Poland establishing dedicated taskforces to tackle harmful conduct.

UK tribunal suggests expediting and referring trucks appeal

UK tribunal suggests expediting and referring trucks appeal

27 March 2020

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has allowed defendant truck manufacturers to appeal against its ruling on the binding nature of the European Commission’s trucks cartel decision.

New Zealand raises concerns with Upjohn/Mylan tie-up

New Zealand raises concerns with Upjohn/Mylan tie-up

27 March 2020

The proposed merger of Pfizer’s off-patent branded and generic established medicines business with Mylan raises competition concerns over the supply of several molecules, New Zealand’s competition watchdog has said.

A textbook cartel case: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 27 March 2020

27 March 2020

Australia’s competition watchdog has authorised competitors to collaborate in four key industries as the country tries to battle back against the covid-19 pandemic, which has disrupted global and local supply chains, halted most travel and left consumers and businesses scrambling. The ACCC has a well-oiled authorisations machine, and its staff have experience assessing requests to authorise certain conduct – albeit likely not on such short timetables – but other countries have issued broad policy statements in response to the crisis. Competition authorities in Asia-Pacific are trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy, as a new cartel case was brought in Hong Kong and Japan released its findings from a market inquiry.

Lithuania closes 23-month home decorator investigation

26 March 2020

Lithuania’s Competition Council has closed a 23-month investigation into DIY companies over suspected anticompetitive agreements.

Dutch court refers air cargo follow-on claim to ECJ

Dutch court refers air cargo follow-on claim to ECJ

26 March 2020

A Dutch court has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify whether claimants can seek compensation for alleged anticompetitive conduct that took place before new EU competition rules came into effect in 2004.

Finland’s first merger block will not be appealed

Finland’s first merger block will not be appealed

26 March 2020

A Finnish grocery retailer has said it will not appeal a court’s decision to block its acquisition of a rival, marking the first time the country’s enforcer has successfully prohibited a merger.

FCO approves German football broadcasting auction

FCO approves German football broadcasting auction

25 March 2020

The German Football League has committed to awarding the broadcasting rights for Germany’s top two divisions to multiple broadcasters.

EU takes Johnson & Johnson deal to Phase II

EU takes Johnson & Johnson deal to Phase II

25 March 2020

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Johnson & Johnson’s proposed acquisition of Takeda's surgical patch product.

Swedish enforcer analyses its own ability to issue fines

Swedish enforcer analyses its own ability to issue fines

25 March 2020

Sweden’s Competition Authority has launched a review into its organisational structure to determine if it could impose fines without turning to a court, but lawyers are sceptical that such a power is imminent.