Region: United Kingdom

Cardell: CMA approach in Meta/Giphy is being replicated

The UK antitrust enforcer’s analysis of dynamic competition that led to it blocking Meta’s acquisition of Giphy is now being reproduced across “a number of different” jurisdictions, the watchdog's chief executive has said.

29 March 2023

Car safety cartelist urges CAT to strike out follow-on damages claim

A damages action against Tokai Rika stemming from the car safety equipment cartel is “groundless” as the claimants failed to prove its conduct had “umbrella effects” beyond what the European Commission found in its infringement decision, counsel to the company has said.

28 March 2023

CAT awards Meta costs but £2.2 billion class action to continue

The UK’s Competition Appeals Tribunal has ordered Liza Lovdahl Gormsen to reimburse Meta £650,000 in costs that it “pointlessly incurred” when responding to her failed certification bid, as the claimant gears up for a second attempt at proceeding with her £2.2 billion class action against the company.

28 March 2023

CAT stays train operator class action over expert withdrawal

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has stayed a £400 million opt-out abuse of dominance collective action against Govia Thameslink Railway and will decide this summer whether to revoke certification after the claimants’ expert economist withdrew from the case.

28 March 2023

CMA refines assessment of Microsoft/Activision Blizzard

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has narrowed its concerns about Microsoft’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, warning that the deal will significantly restrict competition in the cloud gaming sector but not in the games console market as previously outlined.

24 March 2023

CMA set to prioritise labour market enforcement

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has said it plans to identify and “clamp down” on illegal conduct in labour markets, a month after releasing guidance on no-poach agreements.

24 March 2023

DMU head previews divergence between UK and EU digital regulation

The “participative approach” of the UK’s forthcoming digital markets legislation will give third parties a say in creating tailored obligations and designing remedies, the director of the country’s Digital Markets Unit has said.

24 March 2023

UK dental merger avoids in-depth look after offering divestments

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has approved a merger that is set to create the country’s largest privately focused dental group, subject to the divestment of 15 practices to address its concerns in local markets.

24 March 2023

CMA issues first major cartel fines in over a year

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined 10 construction companies over £59 million for rigging bids for asbestos removal contracts worth over £150 million.

23 March 2023

CMA official returns to Brunswick

Stuart Hudson has returned to Brunswick Group nearly four years after leaving the consultancy to become a senior official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

23 March 2023

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