Region: Canada

Canada allows umbrella damages for class

Canada’s Supreme Court has allowed a class action claim against Toshiba, Pioneer and others to proceed, ruling that customers who purchased optical disk drives from non-cartelists can claim damages.

20 September 2019

Canada retains anonymity of bread cartel witnesses

Canada’s Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from two supermarkets to reveal the identity of two witnesses in the competition authority’s bread cartel investigation.

17 September 2019

G7 enforcers reach common ground on digital enforcement

Competition law is flexible and can be adapted to the challenges of the digital economy, but governments should look at whether their policies or regulations impede competition, agencies from the G7 countries have said.

18 July 2019

Canada hires chief digital enforcement officer

Canada’s competition authority has hired IBM associate partner George McDonald to be its first chief digital enforcement officer for a period of up to two years.

03 July 2019

Canadian bid rigger gets prison sentence

A former engineering executive has been sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for his role in a bid-rigging cartel that targeted public works projects in Quebec.

21 June 2019

Boswell slams efficiencies defence in digital economy

The head of Canada’s competition watchdog has criticised his country for being the only major economy with an efficiencies defence for mergers, saying it is “particularly ill-suited to the digital economy”.

03 June 2019

Canada allows vehicle shipping class action

A Canadian appeals court has partially certified a class action proceeding against companies involved in the global roll-on, roll-off vehicle shipping cartel.

31 May 2019

Canadian court knocks back beer appeal

A Canadian appeals court has upheld a decision dismissing a class action claim that accused a beer retailer and the country’s national liquor board of collusion, reiterating that the regulated conduct defence extends to both criminal and civil litigation.

26 April 2019

Revised guidelines tackle multi-sided platforms and joint dominance

Canada’s antitrust authority has updated its abuse of dominance guidelines, which remove the 35% “safe harbour” market share test and make joint dominance a potentially anticompetitive infringement.

08 March 2019

Boswell takes permanent role at Canadian enforcer

Canada’s interim competition commissioner has been formally appointed by the country’s government on a permanent basis.

06 March 2019

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