Topic: Coronavirus

CMA sends warning shot to pharmacy sector

The UK’s competition watchdog and the country’s pharmacy regulator have warned pharmacies against excessively pricing essential products, just weeks after the enforcer opened a price-gouging investigation into the sector.

30 June 2020

CMA did not sufficiently consider covid-19 pandemic, says JD Sports

Sportswear retailer JD Sports has filed an appeal against a decision by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to block its acquisition of Footasylum, arguing that the authority failed to sufficiently consider the impact of covid-19.

24 June 2020

Vestager lays out plans for big tech in post-coronavirus world

The EU’s competition commissioner says her agency is ready to discuss with lawmakers how it can make better use of rebuttable presumptions to maintain competition in markets dominated by large technology companies.

23 June 2020

UK expands public interest merger review powers

A new law will come into force on Tuesday, empowering the UK government to review and block foreign takeovers that would otherwise threaten its ability to deal with public health emergencies.

22 June 2020

Chile approves failing-firm defence after Phase II probe

Chile’s antitrust watchdog has approved Copec’s acquisition of a local fuel station after the companies argued that it would otherwise go out of business because of the coronavirus pandemic.

10 June 2020

Excessive pricing is evidence of dominance, UK official says

The ability to charge excessive prices during coronavirus is evidence in itself of dominance and potential abusive conduct, the chief economic advisor at the UK’s antitrust enforcer has said in praising a controversial decision by South Africa’s Competition Tribunal.

10 June 2020

EU competition official would consider merger ban

The European Commission should not rule out a temporary ban on large mergers due to the covid-19 pandemic, its chief competition economist Pierre Régibeau has said.

10 June 2020

OECD issues coronavirus enforcement guidance

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned enforcers that structural remedies may not be sufficient to remedy anticompetitive deals during the covid-19 pandemic and urged authorities to be “extremely quick” when dealing with collaboration guidance requests.

05 June 2020

Nigro: pandemic having significant impact on merger review

The economic impacts of the covid-19 pandemic are already factoring into how the Department of Justice is analysing mergers, a top Antitrust Division official has said.

01 June 2020

Bulgaria raids petrol association in coronavirus price-fixing probe

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition has raided the offices of an association of petroleum companies after the country’s public prosecutor warned of discrepancies between the cost of global crude oil and local fuel prices.

28 May 2020

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