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COVID-19 & Antitrust

FTC’s Phillips Talks Privacy, Competition & Antitrust Policy
 |  Sep 20, 2020

Federal Trade Commissioner Noah Phillips (R) talks about privacy, competition, antitrust policy regarding technology broadly and scams against the public during the coronavirus pandemic. Phillips discussed a variety of tech…

COVID-19 Impacts Payments Of EU Antitrust Fines
 |  Sep 3, 2020

As well as granting companies leeway on certain COVID-19 initiated collaborations, the coronavirus outbreak has also led competition authorities to take a more lenient stance towards fine calculations and payments. …

EU Clears €1B Plan To Save Virus-Hit Airline SAS
 |  Aug 18, 2020

EU competition regulators on Monday, August 17, cleared a €1 billion (US$1.19 billion) plan by Denmark and Sweden to recapitalize virus-hit SAS, stating the measure would prevent the Scandinavian airline’s…

Ukraine Probes COVID-19 Tests Prices
 |  Aug 18, 2020

The Kyiv regional office of Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has launched a probe into whether prices of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the coronavirus are competitive.  The…

How should competition policy react to coronavirus?
 |  Jul 21, 2020

By CMA Chairman Andrew Tyrie The paper – How should competition policy react to coronavirus? – explores the short and long term consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for markets and…

EssiLux Sues M&A Target GrandVision Over COVID Information
 |  Jul 19, 2020

EssilorLuxottica has filed a legal action to obtain information from its acquisition target GrandVision about its management of the coronavirus crisis, Reuters reported.  EssilorLuxottica announced a €7.2-billion bid for GrandVision…

Big Tech Continues To Consolidate Despite Pandemic
 |  Jul 15, 2020

Over the past few months, tech companies have continued to consolidate and invest, even while under the microscope of antitrust authorities, reported CNN. Some acquisitions appear to be strategic ways…

South Africa: Competition Commission Releases Report on Food Price Monitoring
 |  Jul 15, 2020

Following the announcement of the National State of Disaster and widespread complaints of food price escalations, the Commission has today released a report on food price monitoring. The report culminates…

UK: Update On The Work Of The CMA’s COVID-19 Taskforce
 |  Jul 3, 2020

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) works to ensure that consumers get a good deal when buying goods and services, and that businesses operate within the law. The CMA established…

Senate Hearing On NCAA Turns Toward COVID-19 
 |  Jul 2, 2020

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing Wednesday, July 1, that was scheduled to discuss the ability of college athletes to make money from their name, image, and likeness. It…

OECD Published COVID-19 Enforcement Guidance
 |  Jun 7, 2020

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has warned enforcers that structural remedies may not be sufficient to remedy anticompetitive deals during the COVID-19 pandemic and urged authorities to…

Brazil OKs Company Collaboration To Ease COVID-19 Fallout
 |  Jun 7, 2020

CADE recently decided to authorize the collaboration among a group of competing companies as a measure to minimize the effects of the crisis due to the new coronavirus. Ambev, BRF,…

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