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Dutch enforcer blocks major media tie-up

RTL has called off its proposed acquisition of Talpa Network after the Dutch antitrust authority rejected proposed remedies for failing to prevent anticipated price rises for television advertisers and distributors.

30 January 2023

Turkish court annuls Roche and Novartis cartel fines over lack of evidence

A Turkish court has overturned the national antitrust watchdog’s decision to fine Roche and Novartis over €30 million in combined penalties for conspiring to spread misinformation about a cheaper eye treatment drug, ruling the authority failed to demonstrate illegal collusion.

30 January 2023

Iceland blocks three-to-two merger

Iceland’s Competition Authority has blocked a food conglomerate’s acquisition of a mayonnaise producer over concerns the deal could enable the buyer to abuse its market power in other parts of the country’s food supply chain.

30 January 2023

Mexican boutique to close down when founding partner retires

Castañeda y Asociados is set to shut down after 28 years when its founder Gabriel Castañeda retires in June.

30 January 2023

GOP picks enforcement critic to lead House panel

Republican leadership has selected a libertarian firebrand who once suggested merger review should not exist to lead the House antitrust subcommittee.

30 January 2023

Moldova kicks off first-ever digital markets probe

Moldova’s antitrust enforcer has launched its first probe into an online platform as it assesses if two taxi applications owned by Russian search engine Yandex have abused their dominance through exclusivity arrangements.

27 January 2023

South Africa seeks toughest penalty in face mask cartel probe

South Africa’s antitrust watchdog has asked the country’s specialist competition tribunal to impose the harshest possible fines on two personal protective equipment suppliers that it says fixed prices and divided the market during the height of the covid-19 pandemic.

27 January 2023

UK appoints competition barristers as deputy High Court judges

Monckton Chambers’ competition barristers Anneli Howard KC and Alan Bates have been appointed part-time deputy judges at the High Court of England and Wales.

27 January 2023

UK tribunal suspends CMA’s daily noncooperation fines against BMW

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has paused the antitrust enforcer’s daily fines against BMW for failing to provide information during a probe into alleged collusion in the vehicle recycling market while the company challenges the ruling.

26 January 2023

CMA warns airport operators against exchanging pricing information

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority and the country’s aviation regulator have warned several airport operators not to share confidential information after citing “intelligence” that suggests some companies may be breaching antitrust rules.

26 January 2023

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