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Newcastle United’s competition claim lacks standing, Premier League argues

England’s top football league has told the UK’s specialist competition tribunal that a claim by one of its member clubs is an abuse of process and an attempt by its owner to have “another bite of the cherry” in securing a takeover from a Saudi Arabian-led consortium.

29 September 2021

Sims encourages international alignment on digital platform regulation

The head of Australia’s competition authority has said international alignment and increased cooperation amongst competition agencies are crucial in order to implement effective ex ante regulation of digital platforms.

29 September 2021

Taiwanese official says competition agency is not considering digital platform regulation

Taiwan’s antitrust enforcer does not think new ex ante competition regulation is needed to tackle concerns about digital media markets and will instead rely on the country’s existing regime to address any possible issues, a top official at the agency has said.

29 September 2021

Germany blocks newspaper deal

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has issued a rare decision to block media publisher Funke Mediengruppe’s proposed acquisition of a full stake in daily newspaper Ostthüringer Zeitung, citing concerns that it could lead to another regional newspaper monopoly.

29 September 2021

General Court upholds EU capacitors cartel decision

The EU General Court has dismissed five separate appeals against the European Commission’s decision to fine five companies €215.6 million for fixing the prices of electrolytic capacitors with four of their rivals.

29 September 2021

Netherlands hits Samsung with first-ever vertical restraints fine

The Dutch competition authority has fined Samsung over €39 million for coordinating the prices of its televisions with seven online retailers, marking the first time it has ever fined a company for such behaviour.

29 September 2021

Indian court accepts CCI commitment in Google complaint

The Competition Commission of India has accepted Google’s requests to ensure the confidentiality of investigative documents to end the tech company’s court challenge that accused it of leaking a 750-page report to the press.

29 September 2021

EU complaint calls for remedies in Google online ad probe

A coalition of advertising and publishing companies has lodged a competition complaint to the European Commission about Google’s privacy changes to its Chrome browser, nearly three months after the enforcer launched a probe into the tech company’s online advertising business.

28 September 2021

EU lawmakers urge Gazprom probe amid spiking fuel costs

Members of the European Parliament have urged the European Commission to investigate whether Gazprom has played a role in the rising cost of natural gas throughout the bloc by possibly breaching abuse of dominance rules.

28 September 2021

German court overturns approval of telecoms joint venture

A court in Düsseldorf has overturned a decision by Germany’s antitrust watchdog to conditionally clear a joint venture between EWE and Deutsche Telekom that allowed both companies to expand their fibre optic networks in the northwestern part of the country.

28 September 2021

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