Topic: Brexit

EU opens in-depth probe into Amazon/iRobot

Amazon’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of iRobot will face an in-depth review by the European Commission less than a month after the UK’s competition authority unconditionally blessed the transaction in Phase I.

07 July 2023

UK court overturns “arbitrary” costs cap in first subsidy appeal

A UK appellate court has overturned a cap on legal fees imposed by the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the first-ever challenge to be brought against a Subsidy Control Act decision, ruling that the restriction on costs was “artificial and arbitrary”.

26 June 2023

European courts should respect UK rulings in private damages cases, Smith says

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has urged European courts to continue to “respect and consider” the country’s judgments in antitrust litigation cases post-Brexit.

12 June 2023

Interchange fee claims are not bound by EU limitation rules, Visa and Mastercard say

Visa and Mastercard have urged the UK’s specialist competition tribunal to apply domestic statute of limitations rules to interchange fee claimants seeking billions of pounds in damages from the card companies.

25 April 2023

CAT allows appeal against costs cap in first subsidy challenge

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal will allow Durham County Council to challenge its costs cap in the first-ever subsidy challenge under the country’s new regime, but warned the appeal does not have “a real prospect of success”.

12 April 2023

CMA addresses confidentiality concerns in new subsidy regime guidance

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has amended its draft guidance on the functions of its Subsidy Advice Unit to further clarify the treatment of confidential information and the contents of its advisory reports.

14 November 2022

Report finds CMA “struggling” to hire staff post-Brexit, lack of progress on EU cooperation agreements

A UK parliamentary committee report has found that the country’s competition authority is struggling to recruit and retain staff post-Brexit, while also expressing “disappointment” at the lack of progress on data sharing and cooperation agreements with the EU.

17 October 2022

UK government delays planned crackdown on digital markets

The UK government has published its proposals for the country’s new digital markets competition regime, but warned that legislation needed to implement the rules may not be passed until next year.

06 May 2022

UK court rejects Microsoft challenge to standalone abuse claim

Microsoft has failed to convince the High Court of England and Wales to diverge from the EU definition of an “undertaking” to throw out a standalone abuse of dominance claim against it.

14 April 2022

UK consults on new vertical block exemption rules

The UK government has proposed excluding wide price parity clauses from its tailored block exemption regulation relating to vertical agreements, while adding certain new exemptions for agreements that would generally be considered anticompetitive.

22 February 2022

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