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CAT set to approve UK’s first-ever competition class action claim

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has all but confirmed it will certify the country’s first-ever competition class action claim, although Mastercard has asked the tribunal to limit the scope of damages being sought by proposed class representative Walter Merricks.

26 March 2021

Crowdfunding deal collapses after UK challenge

Crowdfunding platforms Seedrs and Crowdcube have called off their proposed tie-up after the UK’s antitrust watchdog said it planned to block the deal.

26 March 2021

France sanctions sandwich cartel

France’s Competition Authority has fined a pair of mass-produced sandwich makers €24.6 million for conspiring to rig bids in response to tenders put out by large food retailers.

26 March 2021

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Telecoms, Media and Technology

GCR Interactive: Telecoms, Media and Technology took place on 2 and 3 March. A full recording is now available to watch.

26 March 2021

Mastercard concedes ground in class action certification dispute

Mastercard has confirmed to the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal that it does not oppose the certification of Walter Merricks’ competition damages claim in its entirety.

25 March 2021

First EU pay-for-delay fines survive ECJ challenge

In a highly-anticipated ruling, the European Court of Justice has confirmed the European Commission’s first-ever pay-for-delay decision fining Lundbeck and five generic drugmakers a combined €146 million.

25 March 2021

ECJ upholds Slovak Telekom margin squeeze fine

The European Commission need not show that access to a particular infrastructure is “indispensable” for the purpose of proving abusive conduct, provided such access is mandated by regulation, the EU’s highest court has ruled.

25 March 2021

WhatsApp’s privacy policy under fire in India

India’s competition watchdog has launched a full abuse of dominance investigation into Facebook-owned WhatsApp over its updated terms of service and privacy policy, which force users to consent to the sharing of their data across the company’s wider ecosystem.

25 March 2021

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Antitrust Law Leaders Forum

GCR Interactive: Antitrust Law Leaders Forum took place on 4 and 5 February. A full recording is now available to watch.

25 March 2021

German court sends Facebook questions to ECJ

The European Court of Justice has been asked to weigh in on the German competition authority’s high-profile Facebook case, after a local court referred several questions to it about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

24 March 2021

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