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Norwegian government signals supermarket price-fixing concerns

Norway’s trade minister reportedly wants the country’s competition watchdog to check whether supermarket chains have colluded to raise prices by announcing planned hikes through local media.

13 January 2023

ECJ sides with AG in EU damages directive application

National courts must have the power to order disclosure in antitrust litigation that has been suspended while a competition enforcer probes the same conduct, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

13 January 2023

Mastercard pushes back against “extreme” limitation arguments in Merricks claim

Mastercard has argued there is no justification for the UK’s specialist competition tribunal to deprive the company of its limitation defence rights in Walter Merricks’ £17 billion class action lawsuit.

13 January 2023

Korea publishes abuse of dominance guidelines for digital markets

Korea’s competition watchdog has issued updated abuse of dominance guidance clarifying how the agency will approach multihoming restrictions, most-favoured-nation clauses, self-preferencing and bundling in digital markets.

13 January 2023

ECJ sides with General Court in dismissing HSBC’s Euribor appeal

The EU’s General Court was right to largely reject HSBC’s appeal against the substance of the European Commission’s Euro Interbank Offered Rate cartel decision, although it failed to properly assess the company's presumption of innocence claims, the bloc’s highest court has ruled.

12 January 2023

ECJ endorses limited use of essential facilities doctrine

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that the European Commission was right not to analyse Lithuanian Railways’ track removal as a refusal to supply an essential facility, as the destruction of infrastructure can constitute an abuse of dominance in its own right.

12 January 2023

CAT allows Merricks to argue Mastercard concealed facts in class action lawsuit

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has allowed Walter Merricks to allege Mastercard deliberately concealed facts in a multi-billion pound interchange fee class action, as the claimant seeks to fend off arguments his lawsuit is time-barred.

12 January 2023

Dutch enforcer tests remedies in high-profile media tie-up

Broadcasters RTL and Talpa Network have offered remedies to the Dutch antitrust authority after it warned their planned merger could increase prices and reduce quality and innovation.

12 January 2023

Former audit commissioner named Philippine competition head

The Philippine government has tapped Michael Aguinaldo, the former head of the Commission on Audit, to chair the country’s competition watchdog on a seven-year term.

12 January 2023

UK lawmaker calls for review into Chinese purchase of “leading” tech start-up

The head of the UK parliament’s foreign affairs select committee has called for a retroactive national security review into the completed sale of a domestic semiconductor start-up to a Chinese special-purpose vehicle.

12 January 2023

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