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CCI accuses Amazon of concealing facts in merger review

The Competition Commission of India has sent a show cause notice to Amazon, reportedly accusing the company of concealing facts and making false submissions when it sought approval for a 49% stake in retailer Future Coupons.

22 July 2021

ACCC turns attention to Amazon, eBay and others

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched an inquiry into online marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon, Kogan and Catch.com.au as part of its examination of digital platform services.

22 July 2021

South Africa grants supplier exemptions after civil unrest

South Africa’s government has exempted essential goods suppliers from certain competition rules restricting collaboration and information exchange after a series of riots disrupted supply chains throughout the country.

21 July 2021

Poland raids cleaning products manufacturer in RPM probe

Poland’s competition authority has raided the Kraków headquarters of cleaning products manufacturer Kärcher as part of a resale price maintenance investigation, one month after France’s Competition Authority dropped a similar probe into the German company.

21 July 2021

Enforcers from three continents headline GCR Live: Merger Control

Officials from the European Commission and antitrust authorities in Australia, the US and France will speak at GCR Live: Mergers in October, which will examine the state of merger reviews across three continents.

21 July 2021

New Zealand’s enforcer goes after Google Ads agreements

New Zealand’s antitrust authority is seeking a declaration from the High Court that a consumer loan company violated the country’s anti-cartel rules by allegedly agreeing with rivals not to appear in each other’s Google search results.

21 July 2021

UK government proposes major overhaul of competition rules

The UK government has released a slew of proposals intended to beef up the country’s competition regime, including a revamp of existing market investigation powers and a new status quo whereby the executive could intervene more readily in steering competition policy.

20 July 2021

Canadian enforcer’s interim relief powers scrutinised during merger challenge

Canada’s Competition Bureau cannot seek the unwinding of a merger as a form of interim relief, an industrial waste disposal company has argued as it attempts to fend off the enforcer’s challenge to its already-completed purchase of a rival.

20 July 2021

FCA study contradicts CMA price parity decision, CompareTheMarket says

A market study by the UK’s financial services regulator undermines the theory of harm relied on by the country’s antitrust enforcer when it fined CompareTheMarket for using apparently anticompetitive price parity clauses, the company has told the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal.

20 July 2021

Potential Korean price-fixing penalties face strong political pressure

The Chinese government has expressed concern over the potential imposition of major fines by Korea’s competition watchdog against 23 liner operators – including some Chinese companies – for allegedly colluding to fix freight rates.

20 July 2021

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