Region: Canada

Canadian high court fines spark plug cartelist

An NGK subsidiary will pay a criminal penalty to Canada’s competition agency after it pled guilty to one count of bid-rigging for agreements it entered with fellow Japanese spark plug supplier Denso over a decade ago.

14 December 2017

IBA asks Canada to consider AI when forming big data policy

The International Bar Association has praised the Competition Bureau’s case-by-case approach to big data and innovation – but said the agency should start thinking about how it would consider pricing algorithms controlled by artificial intelligence.

06 December 2017

Appeal court upholds Toronto Real Estate Board judgment

A Canadian appeal court has backed the Competition Tribunal’s finding that the Toronto Real Estate Board illegally restricted access to its data, confirming the dismissal of arguments that data privacy considerations motivated the board’s conduct.

04 December 2017

UPDATED: Canada drops investigation involving unusual theory of harm

Canada’s Competition Bureau has dropped a four-year abuse of dominance investigation of supermarket chain Loblaw on grounds of insufficient evidence, after initially basing its probe on what sources close to the case said was an unusual theory of harm.

28 November 2017

Pecman backs overhaul to Canada’s efficiencies defence

While admitting that he lacks the power to bring about change, the head of Canada’s Competition Bureau last week said his agency's approach to efficiencies in merger control cases should be in line with international standards.

30 October 2017

Canada seeks big data alternative to French and German approach

Canada’s Competition Bureau “wants to be part of the conversation, and not let the French and Germans dominate,” the enforcer’s special economic advisor said of its studied modus operandi in the ongoing global debate on big data’s role in competition policy.

27 October 2017

Canadian enforcer calls for innovation catch-up

Competition Bureau deputy commissioner Vicky Eatrides lauded the Canadian government’s initiative to foster innovation and competition in key sectors, but said the country is “lagging” behind in the global race for innovation – meaning domestic enforcers need to be flexible and leave room for innovative business models.

26 October 2017

Canadian court expands air cargo class

A Canadian appeals court has allowed a class pursuing airlines involved in the global air cargo cartel to include claimants situated outside Canada.

23 October 2017

Canadian court denies request to depose competition investigator

Canada’s top court has ruled that private litigants cannot force the deposition of the lead investigator in a retail fuel price fixing investigation.

29 September 2017

Canada clears airlines of predatory pricing

Canada's Competition Bureau has cleared a carrier of allegations it acted with a codeshare partner to force another operator out of a North Canadian market, and confirmed the closure on efficiencies grounds of an investigation of that carrier's 2015 asset purchase.

24 August 2017

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