India fines state-run board for anticompetitive liquor procurement

India’s competition watchdog has fined a state-run board for abusing its dominance by arbitrarily procuring alcoholic beverages and denying market access to members of an alcohol trade association.

31 March 2021

Taboola settles Israeli criminal probe into Outbrain deal

Taboola has agreed to pay €1.2 million to settle the Israeli competition enforcer’s allegations that it illegally concealed its interference with third-party evidence as the authority reviewed its now-abandoned merger with Outbrain.

31 March 2021

French law penalising obstruction is unconstitutional, court rules

France's Constitutional Court has ruled that the legal provision used by the national competition enforcer to fine companies for obstructing investigations is unconstitutional, because another provision also allows the authority to penalise the same conduct.

31 March 2021

EU opens abuse probe into power exchange

The European Commission has launched an investigation into French power exchange EPEX Spot over suspicions that it foreclosed rivals from an electricity trading market in at least six EU member states.

30 March 2021

Epic joins complainants in CMA’s Apple probe

Epic Games has continued its global battle against Apple by filing a complaint with the UK's Competition and Markets Authority, nearly a month after the enforcer launched an investigation into the alleged conduct.

30 March 2021

Russia can’t block taxi deal despite competition concerns

Ride-sharing joint venture Yandex Taxi’s proposed acquisition of certain assets from Russia’s largest taxi company raises competition concerns but falls below the threshold requiring antitrust approval, the country’s competition watchdog has said.

30 March 2021

Netherlands set to take veal merger to Phase II

The Dutch competition authority has indicated it will take a deal involving the country’s largest veal producer to an in-depth review over concerns the merged company could use its buyer power to “significantly” lower prices for young calves.

29 March 2021

South African tribunal imposes interim measures on WhatsApp

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has ordered WhatsApp to temporarily refrain from removing an online “chatbot” that uses the messaging application to send covid-19 updates and test results to South Africans.

29 March 2021

Facebook accused of gun-jumping in Austria

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has alleged that Facebook failed to notify its acquisition of Giphy under national merger control rules aimed at capturing deals in the digital economy.

29 March 2021

Vestager: EU is “rethinking” deals involving nascent competitors

The European Commission is allowing national enforcers to refer deals to it that fall below their own notification thresholds in the hope that this will allow the agency to review more acquisitions of nascent competitors, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

26 March 2021

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