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China launches new foreign investment security review regime

The Chinese government has implemented new measures for reviewing foreign investments, which clarify how non-competition factors such as national security and industrial policy will be assessed by government agencies.

21 January 2021

EU fines gaming companies for geo-blocking agreements

The European Commission has fined Valve – owner of one of the world’s largest video gaming platforms – and five gaming publishers €7.8 million for preventing European consumers from purchasing video games in certain member states.

20 January 2021

CMA turns focus to algorithms

The UK’s antitrust authority has launched a public consultation seeking evidence of how companies use algorithms to restrict competition, after publishing newly-released research on the topic.

20 January 2021

Panasonic settles class action claim in Canada for $6.3 million

Panasonic has become the final company to settle a class-action lawsuit in Canada that accused eight electronics companies of conspiring to fix the price of lithium-ion battery cells.

20 January 2021

US urges Australia to drop pay-for-news law for Google and Facebook

The US government has urged Australia to axe a proposed mandatory bargaining code allowing news publishers – collectively if they choose – to negotiate with Google and Facebook to receive payment for their content.

20 January 2021

UK mobile operators challenge disclosure ruling

Judges presiding over competition law damages claims cannot order defendant companies to ask their employees to hand over personal electronic devices, the UK’s leading mobile operators have argued before the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

19 January 2021

Italy imposes abuse of dominance fine on ticket seller

The Italian Competition Authority has fined CTS Eventim – which owns the country's leading live event ticket seller – a total of €10.9 million for unlawfully boycotting rival vendors and imposing exclusivity agreements on event organisers.

19 January 2021

Korean court suspends KFTC abuse decision

The Seoul High Court has suspended a decision by Korea’s competition watchdog finding that naval engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz illegally tied its technology licences with engineering services for liquified natural gas storage tanks.

19 January 2021

French enforcer taps Oxera economist to lead digital cases

Oxera partner Pascale Déchamps has been tapped to lead the unit in charge of digital cases and the telecommunications sector at France’s Competition Authority.

19 January 2021

Tickets available for GCR’s virtual cartel conference

GCR continues its virtual event series with GCR Interactive: Cartels, featuring the president of Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence and the head of Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission.

19 January 2021

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