Topic: Coronavirus

CMA closes final covid-19 excessive pricing case

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has dropped its fourth and final coronavirus-linked excessive pricing probe, after concluding that the prices charged by a pharmacy were unlikely to have breached competition rules.

04 September 2020

Germany clears slaughterhouse deal amid covid-19 outbreaks

Germany’s competition authority has approved a slaughterhouse operator’s takeover of an employee contracting service, in a deal which aims to avoid a new law banning migrant workers in the sector after outbreaks of coronavirus at several facilities.

27 August 2020

UK tribunal orders CMA to disclose further evidence in JD Sports appeal

A specialist UK tribunal has ordered the Competition and Markets Authority to hand over certain responses it received from Adidas and Nike about JD Sports’ proposed takeover of Footasylum, as the retailer challenges the enforcer’s decision to block the deal.

24 August 2020

GCR survey reveals doubts over covid-19 collaboration protection

Global Competition Review has published a study looking into the extent of competitor collaboration during the covid-19 pandemic, which suggests that lawyers are wary of enforcement in a post-coronavirus world.

18 August 2020

Germany investigates Amazon’s influence over pricing

Amazon is facing another antitrust probe in Germany after it banned sellers from its Marketplace platform for hiking prices of products related to the coronavirus pandemic.

17 August 2020

CMA approves Amazon/Deliveroo without remedies

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has cleared Amazon’s 16% investment in online food delivery company Deliveroo after a Phase II review, but warned that a further increase in its shareholding could trigger another investigation.

04 August 2020

EU greenlights Alstom/Bombardier deal

The European Commission has approved Alstom’s €6.2 billion acquisition of Bombardier’s rail equipment division, subject to a “once in a lifetime” divestment package according to counsel for Alstom.

03 August 2020

German report recommends EU digital regulation

Germany's Monopolies Commission has recommended that digital platforms should be regulated at an EU level and forced to divest parts of their business if their abusive conduct has lasting effects on market structure.

31 July 2020

New Zealand enforcer forgoes cartel fine due to coronavirus

A horse transportation company has escaped fines for price fixing in New Zealand, because of the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.

29 July 2020

Tougher merger control will combat pandemic effects, Tyrie claims

The outgoing chairman of the UK’s competition authority has warned that enforcers face a “huge task” in ensuring competition policy does not fall behind other objectives in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

23 July 2020

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