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Sabre says CMA undermined merger control rules by blocking Farelogix deal

The UK’s antitrust authority undermined the intention of parliament by asserting its jurisdiction to block Sabre’s $360 million takeover of Farelogix, counsel to the company has told the country’s specialist competition tribunal.

24 November 2020

CMA consults on bipolar drug commitments

Essential Pharma has promised to continue supplying a bipolar drug to UK patients, likely addressing the UK competition authority’s concerns that it abused its dominance by planning to withdraw the medication from the national market.

24 November 2020

Booking.com can be sued where anticompetitive harm occurs, ECJ rules

A German hotel that listed its rooms on Booking.com can bring a standalone abuse of dominance action in the member state it operates in, despite the platform being based in the Netherlands, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

24 November 2020

CADE conditionally clears Liquigás sale

Brazil’s competition authority has approved a consortium’s minority share acquisition of Liquigás – a subsidiary of the state-run Petrobras – conditioned on a “fix-it-first” remedy package that includes a complex assets swap between competitors in the liquefied petroleum gas sector.

23 November 2020

UK enforcer urged to impose interim measures on Google

An alliance of technology and publishing companies has asked the UK’s antitrust watchdog to stop Google releasing technology that it claims will block publishers from accessing the cookies they use to sell advertising.

23 November 2020

Luxembourg issues highest-ever fine in first RPM sanction

Luxembourg’s Competition Council has fined a biscuit supplier and three supermarkets a total of €3.3 million for fixing resale prices over five years.

23 November 2020

Ecuador adopts two-phase merger review process

Ecuador’s antitrust watchdog has adopted a new merger control procedure that gives it 25 days to determine whether a deal qualifies for expedited approval or an in-depth review.

20 November 2020

Motorcycle insurers hit reverse after CMA merger probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has notched up another successful merger challenge after accepting Ardonagh’s offer to unwind its £26 million purchase of rival motorcycle insurer Bennetts Motorcycle Services.

20 November 2020

Ice cream company chilled competition, ACCC alleges

One of Australia’s largest individual ice cream suppliers harmed competition by implementing an exclusive dealing arrangement with a major food distributor, the country’s competition watchdog has alleged.

20 November 2020

UK to review Virgin/O2 deal as companies ask for Phase II probe

The European Commission has referred the proposed merger of Virgin Media and O2 to the UK’s competition authority for a review that both companies want to be fast-tracked to Phase II.

19 November 2020

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