Topic: Coronavirus

UK exempts fuel sector from antitrust rules to quell delivery crisis

The UK government has suspended competition law in the fuel sector to tackle supply issues that have resulted in panic-buying across the country, signalling its willingness once again to balance antitrust rules and principles with other public policy objectives.

27 September 2021

CMA reiterates concerns over JD Sports/Footasylum deal

JD Sports has said it is “perplexed” and “disappointed” by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority’s preliminary view that it might have to once again block the retailer’s purchase of rival Footasylum.

02 September 2021

ASEAN enforcers detail progress during pandemic

Antitrust enforcers in southeast Asia have set out the progress they have made during the covid-19 pandemic, which includes increasing advocacy efforts and capacity as well as preparing themselves to implement key reforms.

26 August 2021

Dutch authority drops RPM probe despite uptick in vertical enforcement

The Dutch competition authority has closed an investigation into alleged resale price maintenance in the home furnishings sector, in what appears to be the first case to be discontinued in line with the agency’s guidelines on assessing vertical agreements.

18 August 2021

France greenlights toy store takeover with structural remedies

France’s Competition Authority has cleared a deal that will save toy retailer Maxi Toys from bankruptcy, subject to the buyer divesting three of the 95 purchased stores.

13 August 2021

CMA to probe “exploitative” coronavirus testing kit prices

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has agreed to advise the government on whether travellers are being charged excessive prices for covid-19 tests after the health secretary asked it to conduct a “rapid high-level review”.

09 August 2021

EU Phase II probes at slowest pace in a decade, Dechert report finds

The European Commission’s in-depth merger investigations are exceeding 18 months on average, law firm Dechert’s latest quarterly merger tracking report has found.

30 July 2021

CMA requires transparent prices for funeral services

The UK’s competition authority has implemented a remedy proposal that forces funeral providers to clearly display a standardised price list for funeral services and prohibits providers from soliciting business through payment incentives.

18 June 2021

Vestager: Coronavirus had no impact on merger control

The covid-19 pandemic did not change the European Commission’s merger enforcement – despite several companies abandoning their planned tie-ups during Phase II probes, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

15 June 2021

Phillips encourages FTC study of rules rolled back during covid-19

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips is calling on his agency to analyse the impacts of rules and regulations that state and local governments have retracted amid the covid-19 pandemic.

09 April 2021

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