Topic: Coronavirus

Enforcer says pandemic fast-tracked agency improvements and efficiencies

Technological advances and adjustments rapidly forced upon antitrust agencies because of the coronavirus pandemic will boost competition enforcement long after populations and economies have recovered, the head of the Swedish Competition Authority has said.

18 October 2021

India withholds cartel fines due to coronavirus for second time

India’s competition authority has said it will not fine eight companies that rigged bids and fixed prices for train parts, after deciding for only the second time not to punish businesses that broke the antitrust rules due to the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

14 October 2021

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

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