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FCO allows “one-time” cooperation between major sugar producers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has waved through a production sharing agreement between sugar companies Nordzucker, Südzucker, Pfeifer & Langen and Cosun Beet, due to concerns about the inflationary impact of gas supply shortages on the industry.

06 September 2022

Austrian enforcer seeks more fines in sprawling construction cartel probe

Austria’s antitrust enforcer has asked the country’s specialist competition court to fine four companies belonging to one construction group a total of €26.3 million after they admitted to participating in the country’s largest-ever cartel.

06 September 2022

EU blocks Ilumina/Grail in landmark decision

The European Commission has blocked a below-threshold merger for the first time in its history, ordering Illumina to divest Grail less than a week after its US counterpart failed to thwart the €5.9 billion tie-up.

06 September 2022

CCI clears deal without remedies for the first time following show cause notice

The Competition Commission of India has unconditionally cleared PayU Payments’ acquisition of BillDesk, marking the first time the authority has cleared a deal without extracting any remedies after raising preliminary competition concerns in a show cause notice.

06 September 2022

Dutch enforcer wants legislative fix for cloud competition concerns

The Dutch competition authority has proposed amendments to the draft European Data Act, after its cloud computing sector inquiry identified interoperability concerns in the already highly concentrated market.

05 September 2022

Geradin Partners promotes platforms expert to partner

Competition law boutique Geradin Partners has named digital markets specialist Konstantina Bania to its partnership in London.

05 September 2022

Waitrose removes anticompetitive clauses to resolve CMA concerns

Waitrose has agreed to remove unlawful clauses from leases that prevented competing supermarkets from opening new stores in certain locations, two years after the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority found a rival retailer breached the same order.

05 September 2022

Australian pharma company seeks lenient penalty in criminal cartel case

An active pharmaceutical ingredient producer has asked an Australian court to fine it less than A$1 million (€686,000) after pleading guilty to three counts of criminal cartel conduct, citing the limited impact on Australian consumers.

05 September 2022

All fines overturned in landmark Malaysian insurance cartel case

Malaysia’s specialist competition tribunal has overturned a combined €38.8 million fine levied against 22 insurance companies for allegedly fixing discount rates on vehicle parts and the hourly labour rates for repairs.

05 September 2022

Lufthansa challenges abuse of dominance decision

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has ordered Lufthansa to indefinitely continue its long-standing cooperation agreement with rival Condor, suggesting that the flag carrier’s feeder flights amount to an essential facility.

02 September 2022

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