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ACCC concerned about mortgage aggregator merger

ACCC concerned about mortgage aggregator merger

12 February 2020

Australia’s competition watchdog is concerned that a merger between two of Australia’s largest mortgage aggregators will reduce consumer choice.

Witness testimony triumphs over economists in T-Mobile/Sprint

Witness testimony triumphs over economists in T-Mobile/Sprint

11 February 2020

A New York federal judge has rejected several states’ attempts to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, finding that the conflicting expert testimony presented during a two-week trial had resulted in an effective stalemate.

UK court orders one trial for liability and damages in ro-ro claim

UK court orders one trial for liability and damages in ro-ro claim

11 February 2020

An English court has dismissed an application from roll-on roll-off vehicle shippers that sought to split the trial in a follow-on damages claim brought by vehicle maker Daimler.

JD Sports may be forced to sell Footasylum

JD Sports may be forced to sell Footasylum

11 February 2020

Selling newly acquired Footasylum is likely to be the only way for JD Sports to mitigate the UK antitrust watchdog’s competition concerns, the enforcer has provisionally found.

Italy calls for merger control reform to tackle big data

11 February 2020

A report by Italian government agencies into the effects of big data has recommended reforming merger control at national and international levels to catch deals involving acquisitions of nascent competitors.

US FTC to study big tech deals for small companies

11 February 2020

The US Federal Trade Commission has asked Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft to provide it with information on their previously unreported acquisitions of the past decade.

Google takes Shopping trip to EU General Court

Google takes Shopping trip to EU General Court

11 February 2020

Google’s lawyers go to the General Court this week in the first of the company’s appeals against conduct remedies and €9 billion of antitrust fines, by challenging the European Commission’s Google Shopping decision.

Amazon asks Indian court to kill antitrust probe

Amazon asks Indian court to kill antitrust probe

11 February 2020

An investigation into allegations of exclusive arrangements, deep discounting and preferential treatment could cause “irreparable” loss and reputational harm, Amazon has alleged in a court filing.

DG Comp top economist: zero-price can be special and efficiencies credible

DG Comp top economist: zero-price can be special and efficiencies credible

10 February 2020

The new chief competition economist at the European Commission has predicted that the commission will offer additional theories of harm about data, but will be open to hearing efficiencies claims for mergers.

EU investigates Cadbury’s owner for territorial restrictions

EU investigates Cadbury’s owner for territorial restrictions

10 February 2020

The European Commission is investigating food company Mondelez International for allegedly restricting cross-border sales of its products.