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EU sends Illumina/Grail to Phase II after Article 22 referral

The European Commission has launched its first in-depth review into a deal that falls below national merger notification thresholds, warning that Illumina’s proposed acquisition of Grail could allow the buyer to foreclose the latter’s rivals.

23 July 2021

Germany opens Facebook/Kustomer probe due to Article 22 opposition

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said it will not refer deals to the European Commission unless they meet national notification thresholds, joining several other enforcers in rejecting the EU authority’s recent Article 22 guidance.

23 July 2021

UK’s electric car charging study jumpstarts antitrust probe

The UK’s antitrust enforcer is investigating exclusivity agreements between an electric vehicle charging provider and three major UK service station operators, after a market study found a lack of chargepoints may prevent drivers from switching to electric cars.

23 July 2021

Australian court accused of issuing “misleading” judgment

The chief executive of a major Australian port has rejected as “baseless and misleading” a court’s finding that it was “fanciful” or “far-fetched” to think his company would develop a container terminal to compete with a rival.

23 July 2021

Epic uninterested in combining Apple and Google cases in Australia

Counsel to Epic Games has said its monopolisation lawsuits against Apple and Google only overlap in a limited way so the judge overseeing both cases should keep them separate.

23 July 2021

WATCH: GCR Connect: Antitrust in the Digital Economy

GCR Connect: Antitrust in the Digital Economy took place from 15 to 17 June. Full recordings of all three days are now available to watch.

23 July 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (23 July 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… Flipkart continues to fight against an Indian antitrust probe, having asked a court to treat it differently from rival Amazon. Meanwhile, Singapore has tweaked its penalty guidelines and the Philippines has set up a task force to look at abuse of dominance in the market for housing complexes.

22 July 2021

Orange and SFR settle French follow-on claim

Orange and its rival SFR have settled a follow-on damages dispute in France after the country’s antitrust authority fined the former €350 million in 2015 for discriminatory practices in the mobile and fixed-line telecommunications markets.

22 July 2021

France fines eyewear companies €126 million for vertical restraints

Luxottica, Chanel, LMVH and Logo unlawfully restricted how retailers set prices for their branded eyewear products and also banned online sales, France’s Competition Authority has said, although Luxottica is set to pay 99% of the €125.8 million penalties imposed.

22 July 2021

South Africa seeks to fine spark plug maker in auto parts probe

The Competition Commission of South Africa has urged the country’s specialist antitrust tribunal to fine NGK Spark Plug Company for its role in the global auto parts cartel.

22 July 2021

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