Region: United Kingdom

CAT upholds pay-for-delay decision but trims penalties

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has confirmed that GlaxoSmithKline and three generic drugmakers broke competition rules by entering into pay-for-delay agreements for the antidepressant drug paroxetine – but slashed the original fines by £27 million.

10 May 2021

Healthcare data deal abandoned in face of Phase II threat

A pair of healthcare-focused IT security companies have called off their planned tie-up due to concerns about the length of an in-depth probe by the UK's competition enforcer.

10 May 2021

Royal Mail loses abuse of dominance appeal on AEC grounds

Competition authorities can disregard the “as-efficient competitor” test when assessing pricing practices, a UK appellate court has ruled in a decision to dismiss Royal Mail’s appeal against a £50 million abuse of dominance fine.

07 May 2021

Crowell kickstarts UK practice with lateral hire

Peter Broadhurst has left Simmons & Simmons to spearhead Crowell & Moring’s UK competition practice.

06 May 2021

CMA set to accept Asda remedies

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has said it is likely to approve a remedy package that would allow the Issa brothers and TDR Capital to purchase Asda, after the buyers offered to divest 27 petrol stations to alleviate the competition agency’s concerns.

05 May 2021

CMA defends merger control powers against Facebook court challenge

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority was entitled to impose wide-ranging restrictions on Facebook at the start of the Phase I investigation into its acquisition of Giphy, particularly because the deal had already been implemented, the enforcer’s counsel has told an appellate court.

29 April 2021

Facebook challenges CMA’s merger review powers in UK court

The UK’s antitrust enforcer cannot use interim measures during merger reviews to “regulate the structure of competition” across markets, Facebook has argued to an appellate court.

28 April 2021

Trucks association cuts claim period in hopes of class certification

The Road Haulage Association has offered to shave five years off its proposed claim period as it tries to convince the UK’s specialist competition tribunal to certify its collective action against members of the EU trucks cartel.

27 April 2021

UK wholesaler files damages claim against Coca-Cola bottler

A UK food and drink supplier has filed a standalone abuse of dominance claim in the country's specialist competition tribunal against a Coca-Cola bottler for allegedly obtaining its customers' details to supply them directly.

26 April 2021

CAT will certify only one trucks class action, Roth says

The president of the UK’s specialist competition tribunal has warned that only one of the two competing collective actions pending against members of the EU trucks cartel will be allowed to proceed.

21 April 2021

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