Region: Europe

Former enforcer returns to Plesner

Jacob Borum has joined Plesner as a partner in Copenhagen, eight years after he left the firm to take a senior role at the Danish competition watchdog.

04 August 2021

Bulgarian enforcer accuses hospitals of restricting access to medical services

Bulgaria’s competition enforcer has accused a pair of hospitals of abusing their dominance by refusing to allow rivals access to certain medical facilities and services in their respective cities.

04 August 2021

Greek market study finds weaknesses in EU platform regulation

Greece’s Competition Commission has released an interim report in its e-commerce sector inquiry, which highlights the possible prevalence of resale price maintenance and weaknesses in EU regulation.

03 August 2021

Austria fines backpack maker for RPM and online sales ban

Austria’s Cartel Court has imposed a fine on a school bag manufacturer for vertical price-fixing policies lasting over seven years as well as restricting its dealers from making online sales.

03 August 2021

Italy rejects taxi cooperative’s justification of non-competes

Italy’s Competition Authority has accused a taxi cooperative of not even attempting to comply with a 2018 decision ordering it to remove non-compete obligations imposed on its drivers.

03 August 2021

EU launches Phase II probe into Facebook/Kustomer deal

The European Commission has opened its second in-depth merger investigation following an Article 22 referral, this time examining Facebook’s acquisition of customer service platform Kustomer.

02 August 2021

E.CA strengthens London office with promotion

E.CA Economics has promoted principal Bas Dessens to director in its London office.

02 August 2021

Dutch court upholds Coca-Cola bottler probe closure

A Rotterdam court has confirmed that the Dutch antitrust watchdog was entitled to drop an abuse of dominance investigation into a Coca-Cola bottler after finding a full probe would be costly and out of line with the agency’s priorities.

02 August 2021

France revises penalty guidance

France’s Competition Authority has updated its fining notice after 10 years, which clarifies changes introduced by the ECN+ Directive as well as expanding how it calculates the seriousness of infringing conduct.

30 July 2021

Portugal issues private health sector with SO over collective bargaining

The Portuguese Competition Authority has accused five hospitals and their business association of coordinating negotiation strategies to fix prices of services offered to public agencies, but lawyers have warned the case could mean “the end of collective bargaining” for professional organisations.

30 July 2021

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