France’s Competition Authority has announced it will send officials to French overseas territories ahead of reviewing the largest-ever merger in the regions, one day after it fined Coty, Procter & Gamble and Chanel over exclusive import agreements with retailers in the same territories.
For the first time in more than two decades, Ukraine’s competition authority has ordered a manufacturing group to divest businesses, after finding the company abused its dominance in the fertiliser market.
Valve reportedly intends to fight the European Commission’s geoblocking charges, while five other video game developers reportedly plan to settle with the EU enforcer.
Antitrust reform proposals by one of the top candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination drew scepticism from former enforcers and other experts.
Senator Bernie Sanders is seen as having pushed the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls further to the ideological left on a range of policy issues, including healthcare and tax. Earlier this week, the senator demonstrated he would not allow competitors such as Senator Elizabeth Warren out-flank him to the left on the topic of antitrust reform. However, the antitrust experts we spoke with are sceptical of implementing the drastic proposals in Sanders’s new antitrust platform.
The Paroxetine judgment in the UK highlights a slew of questions that the EU courts have yet to resolve about patent settlements, and takes issue with the UK competition enforcer’s reasoning on market definitions. Tom Webb scrutinises the ruling
Etienne Pfister, chief economist at France’s Competition Authority, said more empirical evidence is needed to determine whether and how the use of online pricing algorithms could potentially violate competition law, and warned regulation and oversight of such pricing programs will be costly. Janith Aranze at GCR Live 6th Annual Telecoms, Media & Technology in Brussels
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