Region: India

Appeal season: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 28 June 2019

Some important appeals are now on the docket. For the well-established Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the appeal will focus on whether the country’s Federal Court can accept a remedy that the antitrust watchdog found to be insufficient. For the fledgling Hong Kong Competition Commission, appeals have been filed against its victories in the territory’s first two cartel cases. It has also been an active week elsewhere in Asia-Pacific, with a couple of price-fixing decisions, the resignation of a competition boss and more.

27 June 2019

India fines drugmakers and associations

India’s antitrust watchdog has fined two pharmaceutical companies, several senior employees and two pharmacist associations about €9.5 million for anticompetitively controlling the supply of medicine in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

05 June 2019

CCI investigator: Monsanto abused its dominance

The investigative branch of the Competition Commission of India has found that Monsanto abused its dominance in the market for certain cotton seeds and technology, according to multiple news reports.

28 May 2019

Google faces another Android abuse probe

India’s competition authority is reportedly investigating Google for leveraging its position as licensor of the Android operating system to promote its own software and block rivals from the smartphone market.

13 May 2019

India clears merger after Phase II without divestiture for first time

The Competition Commission of India has conditionally cleared Schneider Electric India’s acquisition of Larsen & Toubro’s electrical and automation business subject to behavioural remedies.

25 April 2019

Firms in Ireland and India add partners

Mason Hayes & Curran in Ireland and AZB & Partners in India have strengthened their antitrust practices by promoting new partners.

12 April 2019

Competition law violates constitutional rights, rules Delhi court

An Indian court has struck down parts of the country’s Competition Act as unconstitutional, and directed the competition authority to issue guidelines so companies do not face a “revolving door” of adjudicating commissioners during a case.

12 April 2019

Cuatrecasas hires investigations head from enforcer

The former director general for investigations at Portugal’s Competition Authority has joined Cuatrecasas in Lisbon, while firms in Brussels, Austria and India have also hired and promoted new partners.

20 March 2019

Glencore confirms India raids

India’s competition authority has raided three commodities trading companies, two years after the country’s Ministry of Finance reportedly found that they had colluded to artificially inflate dal prices in the midst of a drought.

18 March 2019

Indian authority grants interim relief in port probe

As India’s competition authority probes Maersk and DP World for alleged collusion, it has ordered them to retract statements indicating they would not deliver shipping containers to a rival company.

22 January 2019

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