Topic: Legislation and guidance

New Zealand takes on supermarket duopoly

New Zealand’s government has vowed to remedy lacklustre competition in the country’s supermarket sector by challenging its existing duopoly, warning that recommendations set out in a recent market study by the national antitrust authority did not go far enough.

30 May 2022

Senate revises self-preferencing bill

The Senate’s self-preferencing legislation has been updated to exclude telecommunications and financial services companies ahead of a potential vote in the coming months.

27 May 2022

German courts would benefit from economic expertise, judge says

Courts in Germany would be more efficient if they had trained economists as judges, plus increased resources and better case management tools, a leading local judge has said.

26 May 2022

EU to issue revised informal guidance notice by year end

The European Commission has proposed amendments to its process for providing informal guidance in hopes of providing more flexibility and legal certainty, with a view to publishing a revised notice by the end of the year.

25 May 2022

Economic analysis “not possible” without counterfactuals, Régibeau says

It is becoming harder to conduct counterfactual analyses in certain cases, but that doesn’t mean competition authorities should stop considering them as part of their investigations, the European Commission’s chief competition economist has said.

25 May 2022

French court rules national authority was wrong to close Polynesian abuse probe

A Paris appellate court has ordered Polynesia’s antitrust watchdog to launch a new investigation into whether beverage distributor Wane Group abused its dominance, after ruling that France’s Competition Authority was wrong to close a case that it does not have jurisdiction over.

17 May 2022

CMA warns businesses against exploiting cost of living crisis

A senior official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has warned potential cartelists that the enforcer will take action – including dawn raids – against businesses using the cost of living crisis as an “excuse” to collectively raise prices.

11 May 2022

EU adopts revised VBER

The European Commission has adopted its new vertical block exemption regulation and accompanying guidelines, which remove the exemption for dual distribution agreements and wide most-favoured-nation clauses.

10 May 2022

Apple and Google oppose Australia’s proposed regulatory reform

Apple and Google have pushed back against a possible new regulatory framework for digital platforms in Australia, with the former arguing that the proposals target hypothetical rather than existing problems.

10 May 2022

Khan lists potential updates to merger guidance, draft expected in “coming months”

Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan has said the US antitrust agencies are aiming to issue a draft of updated merger guidelines “in the coming months and a final document by the end of the year”.

09 May 2022

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