Region: Europe

Germany opens Facebook/Kustomer probe due to Article 22 opposition

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said it will not refer deals to the European Commission unless they meet national notification thresholds, joining several other enforcers in rejecting the EU authority’s recent Article 22 guidance.

23 July 2021

UK’s electric car charging study jumpstarts antitrust probe

The UK’s antitrust enforcer is investigating exclusivity agreements between an electric vehicle charging provider and three major UK service station operators, after a market study found a lack of chargepoints may prevent drivers from switching to electric cars.

23 July 2021

Orange and SFR settle French follow-on claim

Orange and its rival SFR have settled a follow-on damages dispute in France after the country’s antitrust authority fined the former €350 million in 2015 for discriminatory practices in the mobile and fixed-line telecommunications markets.

22 July 2021

Poland raids cleaning products manufacturer in RPM probe

Poland’s competition authority has raided the Kraków headquarters of cleaning products manufacturer Kärcher as part of a resale price maintenance investigation, one month after France’s Competition Authority dropped a similar probe into the German company.

21 July 2021

UK government proposes major overhaul of competition rules

The UK government has released a slew of proposals intended to beef up the country’s competition regime, including a revamp of existing market investigation powers and a new status quo whereby the executive could intervene more readily in steering competition policy.

20 July 2021

FCA study contradicts CMA price parity decision, CompareTheMarket says

A market study by the UK’s financial services regulator undermines the theory of harm relied on by the country’s antitrust enforcer when it fined CompareTheMarket for using apparently anticompetitive price parity clauses, the company has told the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal.

20 July 2021

Dutch enforcer issues first excessive pricing fine

The Dutch competition authority has fined Leadiant Biosciences €17.9 million for charging excessively high prices for a drug used to treat a rare genetic metabolic disorder, marking the first time it has ever imposed a penalty for such an infringement.

19 July 2021

EU closes airline ticket sales MFN probe

The European Commission has dropped its investigation into airline ticket distribution systems Amadeus and Sabre because it could not find enough evidence that the parity clauses they imposed on airlines and travel agents restricted competition.

19 July 2021

UK Forex class actions will collapse if not pursued as opt-out claims, counsel argues

Neither of the proposed claimants seeking to bring collective damages actions against members of the Forex cartel will pursue opt-in claims if their bids for opt-out certification fail, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has heard.

16 July 2021

ECJ clarifies jurisdiction in Spanish trucks cartel damages claim

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that a specific court in Spain should hear a follow-on claim against Volvo for damages that arose from the trucks cartel, after clarifying EU rules on international and territorial jurisdiction.

16 July 2021

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