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Shell accuser admits uncertainties around collusion allegations

The only witness for an aluminium manufacturer accusing Shell and a rival fuel provider of colluding to fix fuel prices said she does not know whether collusion took place and accepted the possibility that pricing decisions were made independently.

28 July 2021

Cambodian competition law should apply to state-owned companies, says OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has recommended that Cambodia does not exempt state-owned enterprises from its upcoming competition law and works to boost competition in the ports and shipping sectors.

28 July 2021

Spanish study finds Google, Facebook dominate digital ad sector

A market study by the Spanish antitrust watchdog has found that the country's digital advertising sector is dominated by Facebook and Google, which together control more than 70% of the market’s revenue.

27 July 2021

UK tribunal dismisses standalone abuse claim against Coca Cola bottler

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has thrown out a standalone damages claim brought by a drinks wholesaler against Coca Cola’s European bottler, emphasising that a breach of competition law is a “very serious allegation” that needs “proper and careful pleading”.

27 July 2021

Hong Kong cartel claims lack evidence, Shell and Sinopec dealer argue

Shell and a rival fuel provider have urged a Hong Kong court to throw out an aluminium manufacturer’s collusion claim because the company is unable to rebut the argument that pricing similarities were the result of independent but parallel conduct.

27 July 2021

ACCC seeks to overturn NSW Ports loss

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has appealed against a Federal Court’s ruling that a series of agreements between a port operator and the New South Wales government did not harm competition.

27 July 2021

Aon/Willis Towers Watson abandoned amid DOJ litigation

Aon and Willis Towers Watson have called off plans to form the world’s largest insurance broker, citing the US Department of Justice’s opposition to the deal.

26 July 2021

Korea fines 24 concrete producers for price-fixing

Korea’s Federal Trade Commission has fined 24 concrete pile manufacturers a combined €74.9 million for colluding to fix concrete prices for construction projects.

26 July 2021

South African enforcer allowed to pursue supermarket for subsidiary's abuse of dominance

South Africa’s highest court has refused to allow Shoprite Checkers to appeal against an appellate court decision finding the retailer can be held liable for its subsidiary ticket seller’s allegedly abusive exclusivity requirements.

26 July 2021

China orders first ever rectification for an illegal tie-up

China’s competition authority has fined Tencent the statutory maximum for failing to notify its acquisition of China Music in 2016, while also ordering the company to end all of its exclusive licensing deals with record labels as a fix for the competitive harm caused by the deal.

26 July 2021

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