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Vestager: Lifetime appointments can comply with EU law

Vestager: Lifetime appointments can comply with EU law

06 April 2020

A national law enabling the president of Romania’s Competition Council to hold office for life does not run counter to the ECN+ Directive, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

Coronavirus round-up: Brazilian enforcer criticises government proposals

Coronavirus round-up: Brazilian enforcer criticises government proposals

03 April 2020

Antitrust enforcers continue to ensure that competition remains in markets, despite economic and social regulations to stop the spread of covid-19 that place a third of the world’s population under lockdown.

Canada’s maintenance of pre-merger threshold receives mixed reactions

Canada’s maintenance of pre-merger threshold receives mixed reactions

03 April 2020

Canada’s competition authority has said the current pre-merger notification transaction size threshold will remain C$96 million (€61.7 million) – causing mixed reactions among local lawyers.

Greek enforcer plans three market inquiries per year

Greek enforcer plans three market inquiries per year

03 April 2020

Greece’s Competition Commission has set itself a target of initiating three market inquiries a year and intends to launch further studies into the financial technology and private healthcare markets in 2020.

Competition during covid-19: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 3 April 2020

03 April 2020

This week provided a healthy break from covid-19-related news, although one of the headlines and several of our news and notes nuggets touch on the crisis. New Zealand’s Supreme Court issued a rare competition-related decision; Hong Kong’s competition watchdog continues to mature and tackle new cases; a major beer deal won approval in Australia; and New Zealand’s competition authority has raised concerns about a pharmaceutical tie-up.

Ro-ro class action claim filed at UK tribunal

Ro-ro class action claim filed at UK tribunal

02 April 2020

Scott + Scott is advising claimants in an opt-out class action claim – allegedly worth over €170 million – against the EU roll-on roll-off shipping cartelists.

New Zealand enforcer wins cartel case at Supreme Court

02 April 2020

New Zealand’s Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that two real estate agencies fixed prices when they agreed to remove listings from an online property advertiser and pass on listing costs to property sellers.

ECJ: conduct can be by-object and by-effect infringement

ECJ: conduct can be by-object and by-effect infringement

02 April 2020

Anticompetitive conduct can be both a by-object and by-effect infringement under EU competition law, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Greece launches e-commerce sector inquiry

Greece launches e-commerce sector inquiry

01 April 2020

Greece’s Competition Commission has launched an e-commerce sector inquiry to assess if artificial intelligence and algorithms are harming consumers.

Horizontal exemption rules “unlikely to suffice” in the face of digitisation, critics say

Horizontal exemption rules “unlikely to suffice” in the face of digitisation, critics say

01 April 2020

The European Commission’s horizontal block exemption regulations fail to adequately provide for procompetitive cooperation in the digital economy, lawyers and market players have said.