Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Landmark class action claim targets wastewater companies

Law firm Leigh Day plans to file the UK’s first-ever "environmental" collective action against several wastewater companies accused of breaching the country's antitrust rules, a week after an economic consultancy urged the country’s competition authority to open a probe based on the same allegations.

24 November 2022

Meta agrees to stop tying VR headsets with Facebook accounts

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will continue investigating whether Meta has unlawfully tied its virtual reality products to its social media platform, despite the company deciding to no longer force its Meta Quest headset users to set up a Facebook account.

23 November 2022

Pharma executives flouted compliance rules when striking supply agreement, CMA claims

An in-house lawyer at a drugmaker since bought out by Advanz Pharma allowed the company’s most senior staff to hold meetings without strictly abiding by certain compliance rules, counsel to the UK's Competition and Markets Authority has claimed.

23 November 2022

Tribunal orders disclosure of French Apple decision in UK class action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has ordered Apple to turn over a decision that led to a €25 million settlement with France’s consumer protection authority, as it may contain vital evidence for an abuse of dominance claim against the company.

22 November 2022

New Zealand introduces legislation to drive supermarket competition

New Zealand’s commerce minister has introduced a bill “to trigger an unprecedented shake-up of the grocery sector” by allowing suppliers to collectively negotiate with supermarket duopolists and appointing a sector-specific commissioner to the country’s competition watchdog.

22 November 2022

CMA poised to drop school software probe

An education software provider’s commitment to allow schools to prematurely end their exclusive three-year contracts may be sufficient to end the UK competition watchdog’s abuse of dominance investigation, the agency has said.

18 November 2022

Canadian government proposes further amendments to Competition Act

The Canadian government is mulling further competition law amendments, including bolstering the antitrust watchdog’s decision-making powers and altering the efficiencies defence, after several major changes were already introduced in a budget bill this summer.

18 November 2022

Bulgaria fines Veolia for energy meter abuse

Bulgaria’s competition enforcer has sanctioned energy services provider Veolia Energy Varna for abusing its dominance by unlawfully replacing competing devices that measure energy consumption.

17 November 2022

UK wastewater companies face calls for excessive pricing probe

An economic consultancy has urged the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to launch an abuse of dominance investigation into several English wastewater companies that it claims exploited their market power to overcharge households by over £163 million.

16 November 2022

Complainant behind Indian Google investigation seeks new regulatory regime

A complainant that convinced the Competition Commission of India to investigate and eventually fine Google €114 million for forcing application developers to use its own billing store has called for an ex ante regulatory framework to govern app aggregators.

16 November 2022

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