Topic: Coronavirus

US oil companies dodge antitrust claims

A California federal court has rejected gasoline purchasers’ claims that the largest US oil companies conspired to take advantage of a global petroleum pricing crisis by restricting their output and raising prices.

11 January 2023

Portugal alleges coronavirus testing cartel

The Portuguese Competition Authority has levelled price-fixing, market-sharing and no-poach accusations at seven of the country’s largest medical laboratories and a national lab association relating to the provision of covid-19 tests.

16 December 2022

Poland issues first no-poach infringement decision

Poland’s competition authority has fined the country’s top men’s basketball league and its 16 clubs for illegally colluding to terminate players’ contracts and withhold their wages in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

24 October 2022

CMA using data science to screen evidence

The director of data science at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said work conducted by his unit now means the agency can more efficiently vet evidence submitted by parties in antitrust investigations.

16 June 2022

Cost of living crisis likely a consumer protection issue, CMA official says

Consumer protection toolkits as opposed to abuse of dominance powers are best suited to combatting the global cost of living crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

08 April 2022

Arab Competition Network launches

Antitrust enforcers in the Middle East and Africa have come together to create the Arab Competition Network, which will provide a platform for members to work on cross-border antitrust cases and increase advocacy efforts.

23 March 2022

Preserving competitive markets contributes to green transition, DG Comp economist says

One of the European Commission’s top competition economists has said that competition policy is already making an important contribution to the bloc’s Green Deal initiatives by preserving efficient markets.

23 February 2022

EU orders Hungary to revoke insurance tie-up veto

The European Commission has accused the Hungarian government of violating EU merger control rules when it vetoed an insurance tie-up on foreign investment grounds, because the decision infringed on the commission’s exclusive authority to examine transactions with an EU dimension.

21 February 2022

Global enforcers target supply chain collusion

Antitrust enforcers in the UK, the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have joined forces to threaten cartels that use global supply chain disruptions to cover up their collusion with “the full force of the law”.

17 February 2022

Sweden probes alleged coronavirus testing cartel

The Swedish Competition Authority has launched an investigation into two coronavirus testing providers for allegedly fixing the price of PCR tests at the country’s main international airport.

20 December 2021

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