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Australian airline escalates antitrust dispute with Qantas

Counsel to a regional Australian airline has said it is likely to launch private enforcement action against Qantas for alleged “predatory and anticompetitive behaviour”.

04 August 2021

Former enforcer returns to Plesner

Jacob Borum has joined Plesner as a partner in Copenhagen, eight years after he left the firm to take a senior role at the Danish competition watchdog.

04 August 2021

Bulgarian enforcer accuses hospitals of restricting access to medical services

Bulgaria’s competition enforcer has accused a pair of hospitals of abusing their dominance by refusing to allow rivals access to certain medical facilities and services in their respective cities.

04 August 2021

Russia accuses ventilator maker of market allocation

Russia’s competition authority has accused a ventilator manufacturer of divvying up the market by dictating how its distributors participate in public tenders.

04 August 2021

Hong Kong judge scraps all economic evidence in Shell trial

A Hong Kong judge has scrapped all three economic expert reports and blocked a trio of economists from testifying after lawyers for Shell and a rival fuel provider argued that the evidence has no relevance to claims they colluded to fix industrial diesel prices.

03 August 2021

Greek market study finds weaknesses in EU platform regulation

Greece’s Competition Commission has released an interim report in its e-commerce sector inquiry, which highlights the possible prevalence of resale price maintenance and weaknesses in EU regulation.

03 August 2021

Austria fines backpack maker for RPM and online sales ban

Austria’s Cartel Court has imposed a fine on a school bag manufacturer for vertical price-fixing policies lasting over seven years as well as restricting its dealers from making online sales.

03 August 2021

Korea fines vehicle manufacturers for rigging fire department tenders

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has fined a pair of specialist vehicle manufacturers for rigging public tenders to supply firefighting and emergency rescue vehicles.

03 August 2021

Italy rejects taxi cooperative’s justification of non-competes

Italy’s Competition Authority has accused a taxi cooperative of not even attempting to comply with a 2018 decision ordering it to remove non-compete obligations imposed on its drivers.

03 August 2021

Hong Kong issues guidance on trade associations

Hong Kong’s antitrust authority has warned that overly strict membership criteria for trade associations can be “especially damaging” to individuals or businesses and run afoul of the territory’s competition rules.

03 August 2021

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