Region: United Kingdom

CAT promises decision on pass-on mitigation defence in Trucks claim

Truckmaker DAF has asked the UK’s specialist competition tribunal for permission to amend its pass-on defence to account for a judgment by the Supreme Court that said companies may respond to cartelised pricing by negotiating with other suppliers to reduce their costs.

02 March 2021

CMA provisionally approves Adevinta/eBay remedies

eBay and Adevinta have agreed to sell off their primary classified advertising businesses in the UK to gain approval from the country’s competition enforcer for their $9.2 billion tie-up.

02 March 2021

DAF clashes with claimants over expert evidence

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal has thrown out a request by truck maker DAF seeking permission to rely on new additional economic analysis to establish whether Royal Mail and BT passed on the alleged loss they claim they suffered from the Trucks cartel.

01 March 2021

Partners change firms in London and Paris

Paul Hastings has hired former Covington & Burling competition litigator Alex Leitch in London, while Emmanuel Durand has left De Pardieu Brocas Maffei for DWF in Paris and Solange Leandro has joined Watson Farley & Williams in London.

01 March 2021

UK tribunal upholds CMA pharma collusion fine

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has confirmed the Competition and Markets Authority’s finding that Lexon colluded with rival drug suppliers to keep up prices of an antidepressant sold to the National Health Service.

26 February 2021

Boyce hangs up hat after 35 years

Competition law stalwart John Boyce, the head of Slaughter and May’s Brussels office, is set to retire after spending more than three decades at the firm.

26 February 2021

Estimated £480 million class action claim filed against Qualcomm

UK-based consumer rights group Which? has filed a stand-alone opt-out class action claim against Qualcomm on behalf of an estimated 29 million consumers, who it says overpaid for mobile phones because of the chipmaker’s alleged abuse of dominance.

25 February 2021

Banks can argue pass on in forex claims, UK court rules

A UK court has confirmed that seven banks accused of colluding to manipulate the market for foreign exchange transactions can argue in their defence that claimant investment funds were able to pass on their losses to their investors.

25 February 2021

Companies appear less deterred by merger enforcement, CMA official says

The senior director of mergers at the UK’s antitrust authority has said companies appear to have a larger appetite for deals that raise competition concerns, while pushing back against claims that the agency has actively toughened up its approach to merger control.

24 February 2021

CAT rejects Sainsbury's attempt to expand Mastercard damages claim

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed Sainsbury's request to seek additional damages from Mastercard for charging anticompetitive interchange fees, concluding that this would amount to a new case.

24 February 2021

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