Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Italian court annuls €173 million Amazon and Apple fines

An Italian administrative court decision to scrap the national antitrust enforcer’s €173 million combined fine on Amazon and Apple is a sharp reminder for the authority to respect defence rights, local lawyers have said.

04 October 2022

Hong Kong seeks first-ever fines in resale price maintenance case

Hong Kong’s Competition Commission has accused a food additive supplier of illegally forcing two of its main local distributors to charge minimum resale prices for monosodium glutamate powder – more commonly known as MSG.

15 September 2022

More raids conducted in Greece

Greece’s Competition Commission has raided six companies in the household electrical appliances market as part of an investigation into anticompetitive vertical restraints.

09 September 2022

AG Pitruzzella eschews distinction between standalone and follow-on claims

National courts cannot ignore findings from competition enforcers when presiding over related private litigation, even if those decisions relate to matters arising before the EU Damages Directive existed, an EU advocate general has said.

09 September 2022

Poland probes Kia dealerships over collusive agreements

Poland’s antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into a domestic Kia importer and 10 of its dealers on suspicion the companies agreed to fix prices and allocate the local market for the manufacturer's cars.

07 September 2022

Waitrose removes anticompetitive clauses to resolve CMA concerns

Waitrose has agreed to remove unlawful clauses from leases that prevented competing supermarkets from opening new stores in certain locations, two years after the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority found a rival retailer breached the same order.

05 September 2022

Illumina beats FTC before ALJ

Illumina’s proposed acquisition of cancer-screening company Grail would not violate US antitrust law, the Federal Trade Commission’s administrative law judge has ruled.

02 September 2022

UnitedHealth economist: no incentive to misuse Change’s data

It would not be profitable for UnitedHealth to use Change Healthcare’s data to spy on rival insurers, an economist testifying on behalf of UnitedHealth Group has said.

16 August 2022

UnitedHealth deal likely to reduce innovation, academic testifies

UnitedHealth’s acquisition of Change Healthcare would likely reduce innovation for health insurance, the Department of Justice’s hired economic expert has said.

10 August 2022

UK tribunal annuls CMA’s first-ever MFN infringement decision

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has overturned the Competition and Markets Authority’s £17.9 million fine against CompareTheMarket, in a judgment that sets aside the agency’s first-ever decision to punish the use of most-favoured-nation clauses.

09 August 2022

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