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Tribunal slaps down Robben Island price-fixing case

Tribunal slaps down Robben Island price-fixing case

20 August 2019

South Africa’s antitrust enforcer failed to prove that two ferry companies fixed prices on boat trips to the historic Robben Island, the country’s specialist tribunal has ruled – despite guilty pleas by three other operators.

Turkey probes Unilever exclusivity agreements

Turkey probes Unilever exclusivity agreements

20 August 2019

Turkey’s Competition Authority is investigating Unilever for allegedly entering into exclusivity arrangements to prevent its distributors from selling competing ice cream products.

Consumers paying too much for fuel, New Zealand competition watchdog finds

Consumers paying too much for fuel, New Zealand competition watchdog finds

20 August 2019

New Zealand’s retail fuel market is not as competitive as it could be and consumers are paying the price, the country’s antitrust watchdog has found through its first-ever market study.

German minister grants rare ‘Phase III’ deal approval

German minister grants rare ‘Phase III’ deal approval

19 August 2019

A German minister has exercised his power to override the competition authority’s block on a bearings joint venture, by approving the deal on environmental grounds.

Austrian enforcer appeals dismissal of sugar cartel fines

Austrian enforcer appeals dismissal of sugar cartel fines

19 August 2019

Austria’s competition authority has appealed against a ruling that dismissed its proposed fine on sugar cartelists because they had already been fined for the conduct in Germany.

German court overturns €30 million Rossmann fine

German court overturns €30 million Rossmann fine

16 August 2019

A German court has overturned a €30 million resale price maintenance fine on drugstore chain Rossmann because an appeal court’s written judgment was filed out of time.

CADE tribunal needs more female representation, associations say

CADE tribunal needs more female representation, associations say

16 August 2019

Two Brazilian trade associations have written an open letter to members of the country’s government asking for more female representation at Brazil’s competition authority.

New Zealand to apply ‘modified total welfare approach’ to authorisations

New Zealand to apply ‘modified total welfare approach’ to authorisations

16 August 2019

New Zealand’s competition watchdog has updated its guidelines on how it examines requests from companies to be authorised to engage in conduct that could otherwise breach competition law.

India launches “near simultaneous” merger approval process

India launches “near simultaneous” merger approval process

16 August 2019

India’s competition authority has amended its merger rules to allow for an expedited review of deals that cause no competition concerns.

UK enforcer denied in-depth review of Russian/Saudi news deal

UK enforcer denied in-depth review of Russian/Saudi news deal

16 August 2019

The UK’s competition authority cannot review a newspaper deal in depth because a government minister missed his deadline to refer the case on public interest grounds, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.