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Aspen offers excessive-pricing commitments

14 July 2020

Aspen has said it will reduce its prices for six cancer drugs in Europe by an average of 73%, as part of a commitment package seeking to end the EU antitrust watchdog’s first excessive-pricing investigation in the pharmaceutical sector.

Indian cartelists escape fines due to coronavirus

Indian cartelists escape fines due to coronavirus

14 July 2020

India’s competition watchdog has decided not to fine 10 companies that rigged bids to supply equipment to the country’s railways because of the covid-19 pandemic.

EU settles with ethylene price purchasing cartel

EU settles with ethylene price purchasing cartel

14 July 2020

The European Commission has fined three chemical companies €260 million for colluding to push down ethylene prices, while a fourth company has escaped a €190 million penalty for blowing the whistle on the cartel.

Google offers Fitbit remedies

Google offers Fitbit remedies

14 July 2020

Google has promised the European Commission that it will not use Fitbit’s user data to strengthen its advertising business, as it tries to convince the authority to clear its $2.1 billion acquisition of the fitness-tracking company.

SCOTUS will hear direct challenge to FTC disgorgement authority

SCOTUS will hear direct challenge to FTC disgorgement authority

GCR USA - 14 July 2020

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases on whether the Federal Trade Commission can seek monetary relief for violations of the FTC Act.

Coal-hearted: The Tipline for 14 July 2020

GCR USA - 14 July 2020

Those hoping to spend their Monday listening to the Federal Trade Commission’s quest to block a joint venture between Peabody Energy and Arch Coal found themselves heartbroken. A 10-day preliminary injunction hearing was scheduled to start yesterday, but the federal courthouse in St Louis, Missouri, was closed after a security officer tested positive for covid-19. The litigating parties are set to resume in-person today while GCR USA tunes in live from its home office.

Enforcers should consider breaking up digital deals, says UK official

Enforcers should consider breaking up digital deals, says UK official

13 July 2020

Competition authorities should be willing to impose structural remedies on completed anticompetitive digital mergers, the chief economic adviser at the UK’s antitrust watchdog has said.

CMA closes three excessive pricing probes

CMA closes three excessive pricing probes

13 July 2020

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has dropped three high-profile investigations into the suspected charging of excessive prices for hand sanitiser during the coronavirus pandemic, less than a month after launching the probes.

Germany takes Kaufland/Real deal to Phase II

Germany takes Kaufland/Real deal to Phase II

13 July 2020

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an in-depth probe into retailer Kaufland’s purchase of over 100 Real stores from investment group SCP Retail, which bought the struggling chain only four months ago.

Sweden ends e-commerce probe with rare settlement

Sweden ends e-commerce probe with rare settlement

13 July 2020

The Swedish Competition Authority has fined two furniture retailers for allegedly sharing online pricing information, in the enforcer’s first known settlement of a probe examining unlawful information exchanges relating to online sales.