Topic: Public interest

South Africa doubles down on public interest interventions

South Africa’s Competition Commission has floated amendments to its merger guidelines clarifying that it gives “equal status” to competition and public interest concerns when carrying out reviews.

29 September 2023

Pharma ad deal challenged by FTC

IQVIA’s purchase of Propel Media could cause both horizontal and vertical harm in the market for digital healthcare advertising worldwide, the Federal Trade Commission has said, as it filed an administrative complaint to block the deal.

18 July 2023

FTC: Baby formula collusion probe is justified

The Federal Trade Commission has rejected Abbott Laboratories’ request to narrow the scope of its investigation into potential price coordination of infant formula, saying there is no need to produce conclusive evidence of collusion at this stage.

25 May 2023

Canada clears WestJet/Sunwing for takeoff

Canada’s transport ministry has allowed WestJet Airlines to acquire a rival airline and vacations business, conditioned on remedies to quell the national antitrust enforcer’s fears that the deal would eliminate competition on certain flight routes.

13 March 2023

Spain finalises compensation remedy in consumer deception case

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has agreed a remedies package with DKV after investigating whether the insurance company breached competition rules by deceiving its customers.

15 February 2023

Lawyers push back against European Parliament competition report

The European Parliament's rapporteur on competition policy has made several recommendations to improve the effectiveness of EU antitrust policy, including introducing rebuttable presumptions into merger control.

03 February 2023

Azerbaijan issues rare abuse of dominance fine

Azerbaijan’s competition authority has fined a major national buckwheat producer for abusing its dominance in a decision that one local lawyer said reflects “serious changes” in the country’s antitrust enforcement following the appointment of a new agency head last December.

11 November 2022

Spain issues rare fine under competition rules for consumer deception

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has fined renewable energy producer Audax €9.2 million for breaking the country’s competition law by deceiving consumers into switching providers.

17 October 2022

TF1 and M6 deal abandonment a win for French enforcer, lawyers say

The decision by TF1 and M6 to scrap their highly-contentious merger may be the best possible outcome for France’s Competition Authority since it avoids appeals or a rare Phase III review, local observers have said.

21 September 2022

Spanish enforcer opposes government’s food price-fixing proposal

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has cautioned the national government against fixing prices for certain staple food products amid rising inflation, claiming this would violate both national and EU antitrust laws.

13 September 2022

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