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Singapore issues e-commerce platform guidance

Singapore’s antitrust enforcer has ended its market study into e-commerce platforms without identifying any significant competition concerns, but published new guidance on how it will analyse market definition and market power in this area.

11 September 2020

Israeli news website raided in Taboola/Outbrain probe

Israel’s Competition Authority has raided a news website, reportedly in connection to its investigation into a digital advertising merger, as reports also surfaced that the merging companies have abandoned the tie-up.

10 September 2020

UK confirms it will scrap EU state aid rules

The UK government will follow World Trade Organization rules on subsidy control after the country leaves the European Union at the end of this year.

10 September 2020

EU advocate general offers conservative view on bid-rigging time limits

A cartel formed to rig responses to a specific tender ends on the date that the winning bidder and the tendering company sign a contract, EU advocate general Giovanni Pitruzzella has said.

10 September 2020

Mylan/Upjohn cleared with remedies

Competition enforcers in New Zealand and Australia have cleared the proposed merger of Pfizer’s subsidiary Upjohn with Mylan subject to a series of divestitures.

10 September 2020

France hits Roche and Novartis with €444 million fine

France’s Competition Authority has fined Roche, Novartis and Genentech a total of €444 million for abusing their collective dominance by preventing the entry of a cheaper eye treatment drug into the French market.

09 September 2020

General Court president outlines antitrust case challenges

Reforms at the EU’s General Court have halved the average length of cases, but it is still unrealistic to expect judges to rule on complex competition law issues in less than 24 months, the court’s president has said.

09 September 2020

EU advocate general urges limited use of ‘refusal to access’ framework

The concept of an “implicit refusal to grant access” under EU abuse of dominance rules should be disregarded by competition authorities and courts, an advocate general at the EU Court of Justice has argued in an opinion on the Deutsche Telekom abuse of dominance case.

09 September 2020

Australia probes app stores

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into mobile applications stores and will examine the extent of competition between Google and Apple in the market.

09 September 2020

Lloyds caught bundling loans and bank accounts during pandemic

The UK’s competition enforcer has censured Lloyds Banking Group for unlawfully making small business owners open business bank accounts to access a coronavirus-related government loan scheme.

08 September 2020

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