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FTC adopts tougher stance on divestitures

The US Federal Trade Commission will no longer accept merger remedies with lengthy entanglements, the director of the agency’s antitrust arm has said.

03 February 2023

Lawyers push back against European Parliament competition report

The European Parliament's rapporteur on competition policy has made several recommendations to improve the effectiveness of EU antitrust policy, including introducing rebuttable presumptions into merger control.

03 February 2023

Claimant suing Meta and Google offers undertakings to resolve conflict of interest

A class representative suing Meta and Google in Australia for allegedly conspiring to ban all crypto-related advertising has offered commitments to resolve a perceived conflict of interest stemming from his dual roles as class representative and head of the litigation funder.

03 February 2023

Ofcom considers possible antitrust probe over broadband discount plan

The UK’s communications regulator is collecting evidence for a possible antitrust probe into a BT subsidiary’s plan to lower wholesale pricing for fibre broadband services, despite provisionally concluding that the latest price changes do not restrict competition.

03 February 2023

Orange grants Belgian rival access to appease EU in Phase II probe

Orange has promised to give Belgium’s largest cable broadband provider Telenet access to its fixed internet services network in hopes of convincing the European Commission to clear its €1.8 billion acquisition of rivals Voo and Brutélé.

03 February 2023

Travel agent group urges ACCC to put guardrails on airline alliances

Australia’s main association for travel agents has warned that extensions to alliances between flag carrier Qantas Airways and international rivals Emirates and China Eastern Airlines will do nothing to quell the rising cost of airfares.

03 February 2023

South African tribunal urged to consult rivals on revised remedies in recycling merger appeal

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal is mulling if it can consider amended remedy proposals that have been revised on the final day of an appeal hearing as a pair of recycling companies challenge the national antitrust enforcer’s prohibition of their tie-up.

02 February 2023

Colombia appoints new antitrust head after unprecedented interim period

Colombia’s president has provisionally named María del Socorro Pimienta Corbacho as the new head of the country's competition authority, six months after the agency’s former chief stepped down.

02 February 2023

Turkey opens fifth major Google probe

Turkey’s Competition Authority has launched a full-scale investigation to determine if Google hinders users from accessing websites listed on its search engine’s result page by placing its own features front and centre.

02 February 2023

CMA official: authorities are not undermining boundaries of merger control

Criticism that unpredictable and more aggressive enforcement is blurring the established boundaries of merger control wrongly ignores how competition assessments evolve in line with changing markets, a senior official at the UK’s antitrust authority has said.

02 February 2023

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