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CAT upholds pay-for-delay decision but trims penalties

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has confirmed that GlaxoSmithKline and three generic drugmakers broke competition rules by entering into pay-for-delay agreements for the antidepressant drug paroxetine – but slashed the original fines by £27 million.

10 May 2021

Mexico send first SOs challenging hiring practices

Mexico’s antitrust authority has accused multiple unnamed defendants of colluding to restrict competition in the market for transferring professional football players, as part of its first investigation into anticompetitive hiring and wage-setting practices.

10 May 2021

Healthcare data deal abandoned in face of Phase II threat

A pair of healthcare-focused IT security companies have called off their planned tie-up due to concerns about the length of an in-depth probe by the UK's competition enforcer.

10 May 2021

E.ON subsidiary fined for self-preferencing in Romania

Romania’s Competition Council has fined an E.ON subsidiary €6.1 million for abusing its dominance in the natural gas distribution services market by refusing to grant rivals access to an essential database.

10 May 2021

ACCC seeks to intervene in Epic/Apple fight

Australia’s competition watchdog has sought permission to weigh in during Epic Games’ appeal against a decision by the country’s Federal Court to stay its monopolisation lawsuit against Apple.

10 May 2021

Pakistan uncovers poultry feed cartel

Pakistan’s antitrust enforcer has made a preliminary finding that 19 poultry feed companies colluded to raise prices in violation of the country’s competition law.

10 May 2021

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

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