Topic: Coronavirus

FTC notches up another successful merger challenge

Procter & Gamble and women’s razor startup Billie have abandoned their proposed merger, less than a month after the Federal Trade Commission challenged the deal.

06 January 2021

France rejects covid-19 flight refund cartel complaint

France’s Competition Authority has dismissed a complaint and request for interim measures lodged by a tourism association against 90 airlines that it accused of unlawfully colluding when failing to refund flight tickets during the coronavirus pandemic.

09 December 2020

Novel CMA report calls for vigilance in the wake of covid-19

UK markets are particularly vulnerable to increased concentration following the coronavirus pandemic because they only partially recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, the country’s antitrust authority has found in its first-ever study on the nationwide state of competition.

01 December 2020

First disputed excessive pricing decision upheld in South Africa

A South African appellate court has upheld a controversial decision to sanction a mask supplier for charging excessive prices during the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, but annulled the company’s actual fine due to the limited scope of the infringement.

19 November 2020

JD Sports ruling will not change approach to merger reviews, CMA says

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said its overall approach to merger analysis will not change after a specialist tribunal ordered the agency to re-evaluate JD Sports’ acquisition of Footasylum to properly assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

16 November 2020

CMA head reiterates call for reform as final Brexit date looms

The interim chair of the UK’s antitrust enforcer has warned of a likely uptick in competition law violations as the country prepares for its formal exit from the EU amidst the coronavirus crisis.

04 November 2020

Still time to sign up for GCR Interactive: Women In Antitrust

GCR Interactive: Women In Antitrust will take place on 17 and 18 November, hosting panels about the impact of the US election, proposed regulation of online platforms and how competition agencies have reacted to the coronavirus pandemic.

03 November 2020

Netherlands clears package holiday deal after Phase II probe

The Dutch competition enforcer has unconditionally cleared a three-to-two deal between two package holiday providers, finding that sufficient competition will remain in the market after the tie-up.

27 October 2020

CMA need not consider coronavirus in merger reviews, counsel claims

The UK’s competition enforcer was entitled to disregard the potential effects of the covid-19 pandemic when it blocked JD Sports’ purchase of Footasylum because it received “wholly unilluminating” evidence from the retailers, the authority’s counsel has argued.

24 September 2020

JD Sports/Footasylum block was unreasonable, UK court told

The UK competition authority’s decision to block JD Sports’ acquisition of Footasylum was irrational because it failed to consider the coronavirus pandemic and did not give enough weight to the power that Nike and Adidas hold over retailers, counsel to JD Sports has argued.

23 September 2020

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