Region: Africa & Middle East

South African tribunal rejects cartel complaint over lack of evidence

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has thrown out a cartel case against a frozen foods company because the country’s antitrust enforcer could not prove that its contract with a beef producer qualified as a market allocation agreement or had any impact on competition.

16 September 2020

Israeli news website raided in Taboola/Outbrain probe

Israel’s Competition Authority has raided a news website, reportedly in connection to its investigation into a digital advertising merger, as reports also surfaced that the merging companies have abandoned the tie-up.

10 September 2020

South African tribunal dismisses enforcer’s request to block agricultural deal

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has conditionally approved a merger between two grain distributors, despite the country’s competition authority switching its position during the proceedings to argue for the deal’s prohibition.

21 August 2020

South African enforcer loses cement cartel appeal

Attending a meeting where price-fixing or market allocation agreements are made does not automatically prove a company is guilty of participating in a cartel, an appellate court in South Africa has ruled.

14 August 2020

South Africa’s 13-year maize cartel probe nears conclusion

South Africa’s antitrust watchdog is nearing the end of its “protracted and complex” maize milling cartel investigation – which began in 2007 – after the country’s competition tribunal confirmed its 14th and penultimate settlement agreement.

11 August 2020

Israel seeks first criminal penalties for merger commitment breach

Israel’s Antitrust Authority has filed criminal charges against a film distributor and a chief executive for refusing to supply a cinema with films from three major Hollywood film studios, in breach of a 2010 merger commitment.

10 August 2020

Namibia blocks cement deal

Namibia’s Competition Commission has blocked a deal between two cement manufacturers due to concerns that the acquisition might have enabled their subsidiaries to collude in the market.

05 August 2020

Nigeria opens excessive-pricing investigation

Nigeria’s Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has opened an excessive pricing investigation into the flour market, responding to concerns from a bakery association.

07 July 2020

South African court allows enforcer to investigate old conduct

Statute of limitation rules do not prevent South Africa’s competition authority from investigating and issuing decisions against cartels that stopped operating three years before it began scrutinising the alleged infringement, the country’s highest court has ruled.

30 June 2020

Excessive pricing cases should be decided cautiously, Israel's AG says

Israel’s attorney general has urged the country’s top court to exercise caution and restraint when deciding an upcoming excessive-pricing claim against Coca Cola, setting out a two-part test for deciding if that type of conduct breaches competition law.

15 June 2020

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