Newcastle United owner takes fans’ antitrust complaint to the CAT

The owner of Newcastle United Football Club has filed a standalone damages claim to the UK’s specialist competition tribunal, alleging that the English Premier League’s review into the club’s proposed takeover by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium breached competition rules.

07 May 2021

Belgian enforcer ends purchasing alliance probe with remedies

The Belgian Competition Authority has accepted Carrefour Belgium’s offer to divest its purchasing department to a separate legal entity to address the enforcer’s concerns about its joint purchasing alliance with Provera.

07 May 2021

Royal Mail loses abuse of dominance appeal on AEC grounds

Competition authorities can disregard the “as-efficient competitor” test when assessing pricing practices, a UK appellate court has ruled in a decision to dismiss Royal Mail’s appeal against a £50 million abuse of dominance fine.

07 May 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (7 May 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… Australia’s competition watchdog has wrapped up a market study into the agricultural machinery market that began in February 2020. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s competition enforcer has cleared two local internet providers of illegally discriminating against Netflix and Korea’s antitrust agency is reportedly under fire for playing favourites.

07 May 2021

EU to update horizontal block exemption rules

The European Commission is considering how to revise its horizontal block exemption rules after concluding that they do not give proper guidance on agreements in digital markets or on sustainability collaborations.

06 May 2021

National courts can expand air cargo damages claims, AG Bobek says

National courts can award victims of the air cargo cartel damages for collusion that affected certain routes before EU competition rules became effective in 2004, an EU advocate-general has said.

06 May 2021

Crowell kickstarts UK practice with lateral hire

Peter Broadhurst has left Simmons & Simmons to spearhead Crowell & Moring’s UK competition practice.

06 May 2021

Qantas/Japan Airlines alliance struggles to take off

Australia’s competition watchdog has provisionally rejected an application by flag carrier Qantas and Japan Airlines to coordinate on flights between Australia and Japan for three years under a proposed joint business agreement.

06 May 2021

CCI probes India’s largest automaker

India’s competition watchdog has ordered a full investigation into Tata Motors after making a preliminary finding that the automaker abused its dominance in the national market for the manufacture and sale of commercial vehicles.

06 May 2021

Clifford Chance snags Madero and promotes in Europe

Cecilio Madero Villarejo is set to join Clifford Chance’s antitrust practice in Brussels after 34 years at the EU’s competition enforcer.

05 May 2021

Get unlimited access to all Global Competition Review content