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Cartelist's gift card programme not misleading, court says

Cartelist's gift card programme not misleading, court says

10 January 2018

Canadian food retailer Loblaw, the immunity applicant in a criminal investigation into bread cartels, has fended off a court challenge that claimed the waivers it required affected consumers to sign to receive compensatory gift cards were misleading.

New Zealand warns veterinarians

New Zealand warns veterinarians

10 January 2018

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has warned VetLife not to enter into any future supply agreements with rival veterinarians, after the enforcer found the company became part of an illegal price-fixing arrangement in 2015.

Attempted bribery of competition enforcer results in penalty

Attempted bribery of competition enforcer results in penalty

09 January 2018

A Lithuanian court has sentenced an employee of an agricultural machinery company to a suspended two-year prison term and a fine of €7,500 for attempting to bribe a Lithuanian Competition Council official in a bid-rigging case.

Google and Facebook to be examined in Israel

Google and Facebook to be examined in Israel

09 January 2018

Prompted by a parliamentary committee, the head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority has said that the enforcer will look at whether companies including Google and Facebook have violated the country’s antitrust law.

European Commission lawyer takes silk

European Commission lawyer takes silk

09 January 2018

European Commission legal service lawyer Nicholas Khan has been appointed Queen's Counsel, becoming the first lawyer to have been nominated as QC while working in any European Union institution.

Dutch authority head to depart

09 January 2018

The head of the Netherlands’ competition authority, Chris Fonteijn, will leave office on 1 May.

Romania fines electricity meter cartels

Romania fines electricity meter cartels

08 January 2018

Romania’s Competition Council has imposed €15.8 million in fines against a pair of cartels that rigged bids for the supply of electricity meters.

Stick to consumer welfare, ABA tells Israel

Stick to consumer welfare, ABA tells Israel

08 January 2018

The Israeli competition enforcer’s proposed addition of lowering the cost of living as an enforcement goal could clash with its ability to effectively protect consumer welfare, the American Bar Association has said.

SOE’s tender was anticompetitive, says Pakistani enforcer

SOE’s tender was anticompetitive, says Pakistani enforcer

05 January 2018

The Competition Commission of Pakistan has found that a 2016 information technology tender by a state-owned enterprise was an abuse of monopsony or buyer power.

Hong Kong banks seek exemption

05 January 2018

Fourteen banks have asked Hong Kong’s Competition Commission to bless their Code of Banking Practice, as complying with the code is in effect mandatory.