Topic: Interim relief

Canadian enforcer can seek emergency pause to mergers, appellate court says

A Canadian appeals court has ruled that the country’s antitrust enforcer can obtain a form of “interim interim” relief to temporarily halt a transaction while it awaits a hearing to decide if it can prevent the companies from going ahead with their deal pending the outcome of its challenge.

14 February 2022

CMA fines sportswear retailers for breaching interim order

The UK’s competition watchdog has fined JD Sports and Footasylum £4.7 million for violating an interim order that prohibited the businesses from exchanging commercially sensitive information while the enforcer conducted its second in-depth probe into their completed merger.

14 February 2022

EU hits Illumina/Grail with interim measures

The European Commission has ordered Illumina and Grail to keep their businesses separate to prevent “irreparable” damage to competition after the companies completed their deal in the middle of the enforcer’s in-depth review.

29 October 2021

EU threatens to impose interim injunction on Illumina/Grail deal

The European Commission plans to impose interim measures on Illumina and Grail to keep their businesses separate after the companies’ “unprecedented” decision to close their deal during the enforcer’s Phase II probe.

21 September 2021

Canadian tribunal dismisses enforcer’s request to temporarily unwind deal

Canada’s Competition Tribunal has dismissed an interim measures request from the country’s antitrust authority to unwind a merger between two industrial waste disposal companies, finding the agency failed to adequately quantify the anticompetitive harm arising from the deal.

25 August 2021

Canadian enforcer’s interim relief powers scrutinised during merger challenge

Canada’s Competition Bureau cannot seek the unwinding of a merger as a form of interim relief, an industrial waste disposal company has argued as it attempts to fend off the enforcer’s challenge to its already-completed purchase of a rival.

20 July 2021

France fines Google for breaching multiple injunctions

France’s Competition Authority has fined Google €500 million for breaching interim measures related to its negotiations with news publishers to determine an acceptable fee for displaying content in its search results.

13 July 2021

Facebook challenges CMA’s merger review powers in UK court

The UK’s antitrust enforcer cannot use interim measures during merger reviews to “regulate the structure of competition” across markets, Facebook has argued to an appellate court.

28 April 2021

Polish court suspends merger approval for PKN Orlen deal

A Polish court has issued an interim injunction suspending the national competition authority’s approval of PKN Orlen’s acquisition of Polska Press pending a challenge by the country’s human rights commissioner against the tie-up.

13 April 2021

Brazil imposes interim measures on food delivery app

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has imposed interim measures on a leading domestic food delivery application to stop it including exclusivity clauses in its contracts with partner restaurants, marking the first time the agency has issued such an order against a digital platform.

12 March 2021

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