Topic: Legislation and guidance

Slaughter: Clearer bright-line rules “would absolutely prevent more mergers”

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter has expressed support for Congress adopting clearer standards for merger enforcement as members of the US House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee consider how to curb the power of dominant technology companies.

19 March 2021

Canadian government set to review competition rules

Canada’s government has agreed to review the country’s competition regime with an eye to legislative amendments, after politicians across parties argued that Canada’s Competition Bureau does not have the tools it needs to tackle labour market concerns.

16 March 2021

IMF recommends competition policy changes to address market power concerns

The rise in corporate market power in the US and other international economies could be addressed through pro-competition regulation and adjustments to competition policy, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund.

16 March 2021

Antitrust bill will protect conservative news sites, Cicilline says

Representative David Cicilline has said he would be willing to make amendments to clarify that legislation aimed at balancing the power between news organisations and big technology companies would apply to conservative news sites such as Breitbart.

15 March 2021

Swedish enforcer calls for market investigation powers

The Swedish Competition Authority has urged its government to change the country’s antitrust rules to empower it to conduct market investigations, after finding during a digital platforms market study that the current law has "built-in limitations".

09 March 2021

EU launches collective bargaining consultation

The European Commission wants feedback on how it can ensure self-employed individuals are allowed to collectively bargain without breaching EU competition rules, although some lawyers are sceptical about the scope and impact of its existing proposals.

08 March 2021

COMESA's antitrust agency plans to amp up enforcement

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa's Competition Commission has said it plans to shift its resources towards "hard enforcement" in its fight against cartels, after a softer approach failed to deter anticompetitive agreements.

05 March 2021

Arizona House passes bill designed to increase app payment options

Arizona’s House of Representatives has advanced legislation that would require Apple and Google to allow Arizona-based app developers and users to utilise alternative payment systems when purchasing applications through their app stores.

04 March 2021

VodafoneZiggo loses challenge to EU regulatory recommendations

The European Commission’s recommendations to national regulatory authorities cannot be challenged before the EU courts as they do not constitute a “legal decision”, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

25 February 2021

Former CMA chair slams agency’s priorities

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has acknowledged that it needs to get “closer to the needs of consumers” after its former chairman blasted the agency as unfit for purpose.

24 February 2021

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