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Hong Kong tribunal hands resounding win to Shell and rival in cartel case

Hong Kong’s specialist competition court has found that an aluminium manufacturer failed to prove at trial that Shell and a rival fuel supplier colluded to fix prices, while criticising the plaintiff for engaging in a “fishing” expedition.

13 October 2021

Google seeks stay of Epic Games suit in Australia

Google has asked an Australian court to stay Epic Games’ claims that it is abusing its control over the Android operating system to harm competition for payments and app distribution, despite an appellate court denying a similar request by Apple.

13 October 2021

White & Case and Covington & Burling promote in Europe

White & Case has promoted Lars Petersen to partner in Germany, while Covington & Burling has promoted Melissa Van Schoorisse and Katherine Kingsbury to of counsel and special counsel.

12 October 2021

Poland searches surveillance provider accused of RPM

Poland’s competition authority has raided the local subsidiary of video surveillance provider Dahua Technology and three of its distributors as part of a resale price maintenance investigation.

12 October 2021

Korea clamps down on chicken cartel

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has fined seven of the country’s leading Samgye chicken producers a collective €18.1 million for agreeing to fix the prices of meat used in traditional ginseng soup.

12 October 2021

Hollywood film distributors settle antitrust probe in Spain

Hollywood’s biggest film distributors have promised not to share confidential information about their movie premieres with audience measurement companies, settling an investigation by Spain’s competition authority.

11 October 2021

UK government reappoints Scott as CMA interim chair

UK business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has reappointed Jonathan Scott as interim chair of the Competition and Markets Authority, while the agency’s search for a permanent replacement goes on.

11 October 2021

Russia blocks online advertising tie-up

Russia’s competition enforcer has blocked classified advertising platform Avito’s proposed purchase of online real estate marketplace Cian, citing concerns that the merged entity could be incentivised to abuse its dominant position.

11 October 2021

China slaps €460 million fine on food delivery platform

China’s competition enforcer has issued leading food delivery platform Meituan with its second-highest fine on record for forcing merchants to exclusively use its platform and pay a fee to do so.

08 October 2021

CMA appoints new head of mergers division

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has appointed David Stewart to replace Andrea Gomes da Silva as its executive director of mergers and markets.

08 October 2021

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