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Buckle up: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 16 August 2019

15 August 2019

It has been a busy few weeks in Asia-Pacific. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims spoke publicly for the first time since his agency released its final report on digital platforms; India seems to have ramped up its enforcement after a relatively quiet first half of the year; Korea nominated a new antitrust boss; major global companies came under fire; and much more.

Visa and MasterCard interchange fees are anticompetitive, says Mauritian enforcer

Visa and MasterCard interchange fees are anticompetitive, says Mauritian enforcer

15 August 2019

The Competition Commission of Mauritius has ordered Visa and MasterCard to cap their interchange fees after finding the credit card issuers abused their dominance by setting unreasonably high rates.

CMA orders Tobii/Smartbox to unwind deal

CMA orders Tobii/Smartbox to unwind deal

15 August 2019

The UK’s competition authority has forced two assistive communication technology companies to unwind their consummated merger.

Job websites accuse Google of abuse and destruction

Job websites accuse Google of abuse and destruction

15 August 2019

The European Commission is assessing a letter sent to its competition commissioner by 23 operators of job search websites, who claim that Google abuses its dominance by promoting its own job search tool at the expense of its rivals.

South Africa greenlights BAT’s vaping deal

South Africa greenlights BAT’s vaping deal

14 August 2019

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has conditionally cleared British American Tobacco’s acquisition of an e-cigarette seller after the country’s antitrust enforcer had initially recommended blocking the deal.

CMA proposes Aspen pay-for-delay settlement

CMA proposes Aspen pay-for-delay settlement

14 August 2019

The UK’s competition authority has provisionally accepted a £10.1 million settlement from Aspen over an agreement that prevented the entry of a competing version of the drug fludrocortisone.

India fines auto part cartelists

India fines auto part cartelists

14 August 2019

India’s competition watchdog has fined JTEKT and its local subsidiary for cartelising the supply of electric power steering systems to three automotive original equipment manufacturers.

LPG cartel fined again in India

LPG cartel fined again in India

14 August 2019

India’s competition authority has fined a group of liquid petroleum gas cylinder companies and individuals for cartel conduct – less than a year after the country’s Supreme Court nullified penalties in a similar case.

Greece removes competition authority board members

Greece removes competition authority board members

13 August 2019

Greece’s parliament has adopted new legislation that dismisses half of the board members at its competition authority.

France clears JV to compete in online streaming

France clears JV to compete in online streaming

13 August 2019

France’s Competition Authority has conditionally approved a joint venture of the country’s three biggest free-to-air television providers to create a video streaming service.