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PSA/Fiat-Chrysler approaches finish line

The European Commission has cleared the €38 billion merger between PSA Group and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles subject to commitments affecting their operations in the light commercial vehicle market.

04 January 2021

Hong Kong launches first abuse case

Hong Kong’s competition enforcer has alleged that Linde abused its “substantial degree of market power” in the medical gases supply market by ceasing or limiting supply to a rival.

04 January 2021

China ramps up digital enforcement with Alibaba probe

China’s competition watchdog has launched an antitrust probe into homegrown technology giant Alibaba over concerns that it forces merchants to exclusively use the platform to distribute their products.

04 January 2021

Portugal imposes highest ever fines

The Portuguese Competition Authority has issued its first hub-and-spoke cartel decisions, fining six food retailers and two beverage suppliers a total of €303.7 million for participating in two separate cartels.

04 January 2021

Germany fines aluminium cartel

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has fined five aluminium forging companies and 10 of their employees a total of €175 million for exchanging price information and encouraging each other to pass on costs to customers.

04 January 2021

Croatian enforcer dies from covid-19

Local lawyers have paid tribute to Mladen Cerovac, the president of Croatia’s Competition Council, who passed away on 29 December after contracting coronavirus.

04 January 2021

Booking.com must drop price parity clauses in Russia

Russia’s competition authority has said it will order Booking.com to remove all price parity clauses from its contracts with hotels because they restrict competition between accommodation providers.

04 January 2021

Australia rejects Google/Fitbit commitments despite EU approval

Google’s promise not to use certain data collected through wearables to boost its advertising business for 10 years does not alleviate concerns that its acquisition of Fitbit would harm competition, Australia’s antitrust watchdog has said.

22 December 2020

Chile seeks highest-ever abuse of dominance fine

Chile’s antitrust watchdog has asked its internal tribunal to fine a local football broadcaster US$24 million for setting minimum prices and forcing cable providers to tie its television channel to their cable packages.

18 December 2020

Switzerland hits Swisscom with interim measures

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has imposed interim measures on Swisscom as it probes whether the telecommunications provider prevented rivals from accessing its fibre optic network.

18 December 2020

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