Region: Europe

Shipbuilding deal abandoned during EU Phase II probe

The French and Italian governments have dropped plans to merge their state-owned shipbuilding companies during the European Commission’s in-depth investigation of the deal, blaming economic uncertainty arising from the covid-19 pandemic.

28 January 2021

Qualcomm loses information request battle at EU court

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that the EU’s antitrust enforcer has the power to seek wide-ranging information from companies under investigation, in a ruling dismissing Qualcomm’s challenge to an information request.

28 January 2021

EU probes cross-border snack restrictions

The European Commission has formalised an investigation into Mondelēz International to check if it imposed anticompetitive territorial restrictions on traders, a week after the agency fined six video games companies for similar restrictions on cross-border sales.

28 January 2021

CMA costs dispute goes to Supreme Court

The UK's Supreme Court has permitted Flynn Pharma and Pfizer to appeal against a ruling that required the drug companies to pay the costs of their successful appeal against a decision by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.

27 January 2021

ECJ rejects Goldman Sachs power cables appeal

The European Court of Justice has dismissed Goldman Sachs' appeal against its power cables cartel fine, finding that the investment bank had a decisive influence over its former subsidiary Prysmian.

27 January 2021

CMA adds voice to sustainability debate

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has published advice for businesses on sustainability agreements, matching calls from its Dutch counterpart to exempt certain types of cooperation from competition rules.

27 January 2021

Dutch enforcer calls for cohesion on sustainability across EU

The Dutch competition authority has said its draft guidelines on sustainability agreements are ready to be discussed at an EU-wide level after updating the advice to clarify what types of cooperation qualify for exemptions from antitrust rules.

27 January 2021

General Court backs EU enforcer in Liberty Global/Ziggo challenge

The EU’s General Court has upheld the European Commission’s decision to reapprove Liberty Global’s acquisition of Dutch TV operator Ziggo, over three years after the same court sent the case back to the EU enforcer to reconsider.

27 January 2021

Unclear if EU enforcer will formalise latest Google probe, Vestager says

The European Commission has launched a preliminary investigation into Google's practices in the online advertising sector, although Margrethe Vestager said today it is still too early to confirm whether it will become a "full-fledged" competition probe.

26 January 2021

DAF challenges funding in UK trucks claims

The funding agreements used to fuel two separate class actions seeking damages from the EU trucks cartel do not comply with UK law, DAF has argued before a UK appellate court.

26 January 2021

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