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Court throws out Vodafone Italia’s margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s €5.7 million fine to Vodafone Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, two months after overturning another major antitrust ruling against the telecommunications company and its rivals.

17 September 2021

Greek authority continues dawn raids surge

Greece’s Competition Commission has raided several companies in the school equipment market based on concerns they breached resale price maintenance rules, confirming a shift in policy that has seen it increase the number of office inspections it launches.

17 September 2021

UK watchdog opens Phase II review into Sony Music/AWAL

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has opened an in-depth review into Sony Music Entertainment’s acquisition of independent record label AWAL to determine if the deal will wipe out an up-and-coming competitor.

17 September 2021

French enforcer considers failing firm defence in furniture retail deal

France’s Competition Authority has opened an in-depth review into Mobilux Group’s acquisition of struggling furniture retailer Conforama France, although local lawyers believe it will be difficult for the companies to convince the authority to accept their failing firm defence.

16 September 2021

Brazil launches mass cartel probe into outsourced services

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has formalised a sprawling investigation into more than 40 companies that allegedly rigged bids related to outsourced public and private services, including paramedic aid and building maintenance.

16 September 2021

Stikeman Elliott nabs former Norton Rose Fulbright competition head

Kevin Ackhurst, the former head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian competition group, has left the firm after nearly 13 years to join the partnership at Stikeman Elliott.

16 September 2021

Tencent and Alibaba commit to open up platforms to rivals in China

Chinese technology companies Tencent and Alibaba have agreed to unblock competitors from operating on their platforms, which observers say will lower market barriers and could indicate the end of China’s “tolerance” towards homegrown Big Tech companies.

15 September 2021

Top German court blesses indirect purchaser claims in trucks litigation

The EU trucks cartel likely raised the prices of trucks manufactured and sold by companies that were not part of the collusion, Germany’s highest court has ruled.

15 September 2021

MWE strengthens in Paris with hire from Latham & Watkins

Frédéric Pradelles has joined McDermott Will & Emery’s antitrust team as a partner in Paris.

15 September 2021

JFTC commissioner: regulation of digital platforms could stifle innovation

A commissioner at Japan’s competition authority has said she is worried that plans by competition agencies around the world to impose more regulations on digital platforms could lead to a stifling of innovation.

14 September 2021

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