United Kingdom's Competition Authority - CMA (London)

UK Competition Authority

United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)

The Competition and Markets Authority works to promote competition for the benefit of consumers, both within and outside the UK. Its aim is to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy. From 1 April 2014 Competition and Markets Authority took over many of the functions of the Competition Commission (CC) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

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United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)

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UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally clears the acquisition of a supermarket’s petrol station business by the largest independent operator of petrol stations following a promise to divest from 87 sites (CD&R / Morrisons)

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Petrol station proposals provisionally clear way for Morrisons deal* The CMA proposes to accept an offer from buyer of Morrisons to sell 87 petrol stations to address competition concerns. In January, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opened its investigation into Clayton, Dubilier (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority cancels its investigation into the proposed acquisition of the largest auction provider for heavy machinery by the second largest after firms abandon the deal (Ritchie Bros / Euro Auctions)

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Ritchie Bros has abandoned its planned purchase of Euro Auctions after the CMA referred the deal for an in-depth Phase 2 investigation* Ritchie Bros has abandoned its planned purchase of Euro Auctions after the CMA referred the deal for an in-depth Phase 2 investigation. The Competition and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority announces potential Phase II investigation into the proposed acquisition of an undertaking that helps financial institutions reduce risk by the owner of major national financial infrastructure (London Stock Exchange Group / Quantile)

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LSEG’s anticipated Quantile purchase raises competition concerns* LSEG’s anticipated purchase of Quantile could now be referred for an in-depth investigation after finding that the deal raises competition concerns. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opened its investigation into London (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority publishes its second State of Competition report, finding that the economy remains more concentrated than it was prior to the 2008 financial crisis and that the concentration disproportionately affects the least well-off

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CMA publishes second state of competition report* The CMA has published its second assessment of how well competition is working in the UK and what that means for people and businesses. Effective competition helps make sure shoppers and households get a fair deal when buying goods and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority decides that a completed merger between two software providers may be anti-competitive and remedies will need to be offered or a phase II investigation will proceed (NEC / SSS)

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CMA finds competition concerns in merger of emergency service software suppliers* NEC Software Solutions’ purchase of SSS raises competition concerns in the supply of vital software to emergency services and transport customers. NEC and SSS are 2 of a small number of suppliers that supply (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority deems a merger between two veterinary firms as likely to be anti-competitive and gives the firm time to offer remedies or will proceed with a phase II investigation (VetPartners / Goddard)

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VetPartners’ purchase of Goddard raises competition concerns* VetPartners’ completed purchase of Goddard could now be referred for an in-depth investigation after the CMA found that the deal raises competition concerns. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opened its investigation into (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority secures legally binding commitments from a manufacturer of six cancer drugs to maintain reduced prices for 10 years (Aspen)

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CMA helps NHS secure price and supply commitment for cancer drugs* The CMA has worked to ensure that pharmaceutical company Aspen’s commitments to reduce prices for life-saving cancer medicines can be enforced in the UK following its exit from the European Union. The European Commission opened (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority blocks the proposed merger between two industrials after its in-depth investigation identified substantial competition concerns (Cargotec / Konecranes)

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CMA blocks planned Cargotec / Konecranes merger* The CMA has blocked the proposed merger between Cargotec and Konecranes after its in-depth investigation identified substantial competition concerns. Cargotec and Konecranes both offer a range of container handling equipment and services to (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that an acquisition of the largest independent operator of petrol stations by a major retail chain could lead to higher fuel prices in 121 locations across the country (CD&R / Morrisons)

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Morrisons purchase raises competition concerns over fuel * CMA finds CD&R’s acquisition of Morrisons could lead to higher fuel prices in 121 locations across the country where both firms own forecourts. In January, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opened its investigation into (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority fines a lighting supplier £1.5 million for breaking competition law by restricting the level of discounts retailers could offer online (Dar Lighting)

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Dar Lighting fined after ignoring warnings on restricting discounts* The CMA has fined Dar Lighting Ltd £1.5 million for breaking competition law by restricting the level of discounts retailers could offer online. The lighting supplier failed to take sufficient action after 2 written warnings (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority opens an in-depth phase investigation into the merger of 2 auction service providers for heavy construction machinery (Ritchie Bros / Euro Auctions)

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Ritchie Bros and Euro Auctions deal referred for an in-depth investigation* The CMA has referred Ritchie Bros’ planned purchase of Euro Auctions for an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, after finding competition concerns. Ritchie Bros and Euro Auctions are both auction service providers for (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally confirms in Phase II investigation that a merger between two helicopter services companies raises competition concerns (CHC / Babcock)

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Helicopter services deal raises competition concerns* The CMA has provisionally found that CHC’s purchase of Babcock’s oil and gas offshore helicopter transportation services business raises competition concerns. Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation of this completed acquisition, the (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority unconditionally clears a Phase II merger between a major record label and an "artist and label" services provider (AWAL / Sony)

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CMA clears Sony’s acquisition of AWAL* The CMA has cleared Sony’s acquisition of AWAL, an ‘artist and label’ (A&L) services provider, following an in-depth merger inquiry. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) referred the merger to an in-depth Phase 2 inquiry in September 2021, after (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds acquisition deal between two major cyber safety companies could reduce competition in cyber safety software options (Avast / NortonLifeLock)

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CMA finds NortonLifeLock purchase of Avast could reduce competition* The CMA has found that NortonLifeLock’s approximately £6bn purchase of Avast raises competition concerns and may now be referred for an in-depth investigation. NortonLifeLock and Avast both offer cyber safety software to (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority launches investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct involving vehicle manufacturers in relation to the recycling of old or written-off vehicles

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CMA launches investigation into recycling of cars and vans The CMA has launched an investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct in relation to the recycling of old or written-off vehicles The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reason to suspect anti-competitive behaviour has (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority publishes an open letter to electric chargepoint operators and motorway service area operators following its investigation into suspected breaches of competition law about long-term exclusive arrangements

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CMA open letter to motorway service area operators and electric vehicle chargepoint operators* The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published an open letter to electric vehicle chargepoint operators and motorway service area operators following its investigation into suspected (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clears a merger, following an in-depth investigation, between an independent supplier of telecommunications infrastructure and a multinational conglomerate’s passive UK telecoms infrastructure (Cellnex / CK Hutchison)

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Tower site sale to address concerns in telecoms merger* Cellnex must sell over 1,000 telecoms tower sites to address competition concerns over its purchase of CK Hutchison’s UK towers. The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) comes after an in-depth Phase 2 investigation (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority announces a new working group of Five Eyes Competition Authorities putting companies involved in global supply chains on notice not to collude

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International agencies put supply chains on notice against collusion* A new working group of international competition authorities has put companies involved in global supply chains on notice not to collude. The working group is made up of competition authorities from the “Five Eyes” nations: (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority fines sports retailers £5M after breaching the rules around a merger blocked by the Authority (JD Sports / Footasylum)

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Sports retailers fined almost £5m for breaching CMA order* JD Sports and Footasylum have been fined almost £5 million after breaching the rules around a merger blocked by the CMA. Breaches include the sharing of commercially sensitive information between JD Sports and Footasylum CEOs Failure to (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority accepts a Big Tech company’s revised offer of commitments relating to its proposed removal of third-party cookies from a browser (Google Privacy Sandbox)

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CMA to keep ‘close eye’ on Google as it secures final Privacy Sandbox commitments* The CMA has accepted a revised offer from Google of commitments relating to its proposed removal of third-party cookies from the Chrome browser (known as the Privacy Sandbox proposals). The CMA has secured (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority closes Phase II investigation of a semiconductor company by a computer graphics company after the companies abandoned the merger (NVIDIA / Arm)

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NVIDIA abandons takeover of Arm during CMA investigation* NVIDIA has abandoned its proposed deal with Arm during the CMA’s in-depth investigation, following its initial finding that the merger could lead to a substantial lessening of competition. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competiton Authority fines a Big Tech company £1.5m after it failed to alert in advance of key staff leaving the company, which was required by the Authority’s initial enforcement order (Meta / Giphy)

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CMA fines Meta a second time for breaching enforcement order* Meta has been fined £1.5m after it failed to alert the CMA in advance of key staff leaving the company, which is required by the CMA’s initial enforcement order. It is standard practice for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority fines multiple pharmaceutical companies over £35 million for conducting agreements in the supply of important National Health Service prescription anti-nausea tablets (Alliance Pharmaceuticals / Focus / Lexon)

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CMA fines firms over £35m for illegal arrangement for NHS drug* The CMA has fined firms over £35 million for an illegal arrangement in the supply of important NHS prescription anti-nausea tablets. CMA fines firms in relation to an arrangement under which a competitor was paid not to launch a (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority disqualifies a pharmaceutical company director due to his involvement in illegal sharing of commercially sensitive information about the antidepressant nortriptyline (Pritesh Sonpal / Lexon)

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CMA disqualifies pharma director* The CMA has secured the disqualification of a pharmaceutical company director, in connection with his involvement in illegal anti-competitive practices. Pritesh Sonpal – a former director of the pharmaceutical wholesaler Lexon – will be disqualified from taking (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds in Phase II investigation that the proposed purchase of a multinational conglomerate’s passive UK telecoms infrastructure assets by the largest national independent telecommunications infrastructure supplier would harm competition by removing the possibility for a third infrastructure supplier to emerge (Cellnex / CK Hutchison)

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UK telecoms tower merger risks higher mobile costs* The CMA has provisionally found  Cellnex’s proposed purchase of CK Hutchison’s telecoms towers would harm competition. Cellnex is an independent supplier of telecommunications infrastructure, currently active across several European countries. (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that a lighting equipment manufacturer has violated competition law by preventing retailers from offering discounts online (Dar Lighting)

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CMA provisionally finds lighting firm illegally banned discounts* The CMA has provisionally found that Dar Lighting Limited has broken competition law by preventing retailers from offering discounts online. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued a Statement of Objections to (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority publishes a market study interim report and finds two Big tech companies have leveraged their market power to create largely self-contained mobile ecosystems leading to a duopoly that limits competition and choice over operating systems, app stores, and web browsers (Apple / Google)

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Apple and Google duopoly limits competition and choice* The CMA’s interim report into mobile ecosystems suggests that users are losing out because of Apple and Google’s duopoly. Earlier this year, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a probe over concerns that Apple and Google (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that the merger of 2 companies in the supply of several waste and water management services could lead to a loss of competition (Veolia / Suez)

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CMA finds Veolia / Suez merger raises competition concerns* Veolia and Suez are two of the largest suppliers of waste management services to councils and businesses in the UK and global leaders in the sector. The transaction is being reviewed by a number of competition authorities globally. (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority requires a Big Tech company to sell a GIF creation platform it acquired after finding that the deal could harm social media users and national advertisers (Facebook / Giphy)

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CMA directs Facebook to sell Giphy* The CMA requires Facebook (which has recently renamed itself ‘Meta’) to sell Giphy, after finding that the deal could harm social media users and UK advertisers. In line with its Phase 2 provisional findings issued in August, the Competition and Markets (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority secures improved commitments from a Big Tech company on its proposals to remove third party cookies and other functionalities from its browser (Google Privacy Sandbox)

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CMA secures improved commitments on Google’s Privacy Sandbox* The CMA has secured improved commitments from Google on its proposals to remove third party cookies and other functionalities from its Chrome browser. It has been investigating Google’s proposals since the start of the year due to (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that the proposed merger between two container handling equipment suppliers raises competition concerns (Cargotec / Konecranes)

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Port equipment merger raises competition concerns* The CMA has provisionally found that the proposed merger of Cargotec and Konecranes raises competition concerns in the supply of container handling equipment. Image showing shipping containers with a machine moving them Cargotec and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds in Phase I investigation that a merger between two helicopter services companies raises competition concerns (CHC / Babcock)

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Helicopter services deal raises competition concerns* The CMA has found that CHC’s completed purchase of Babcock’s oil and gas offshore helicopter business raises competition concerns in the UK. CHC and Babcock’s oil and gas offshore helicopter business (the Babcock Business) both provide (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority invites views on commitments proposed by major national chargepoint operator to pave the way for opening up competition in charging of the electric vehicles sector (Gridserve / Electric Highway)

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CMA to open up electric vehicle charging competition on motorways* CMA action is paving the way for greater investment, greater choice, and competition on prices for electric vehicle drivers, by opening up competition in the charging sector. CMA Chief Executive says “Healthy competition is key (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority opens an investigation into the mobile radio network used by all national emergency services after expressing concerns about a company’s dual role as owner of the current network and as key supplier in the future emergency services network (Motorola / Airwave Solutions)

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CMA opens investigation into Motorola’s Airwave network* The CMA has opened an investigation into Motorola’s Airwave network, the mobile radio network used by all emergency services in Great Britain. Motorola Solutions Inc.’s (Motorola) Airwave network is the infrastructure and services that (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority publishes its responses to two Government consultations on reforming competition policy and on adopting a new pro-competition regime for digital markets

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CMA welcomes government proposals on new powers* The CMA has responded to the government’s proposals to enhance its ability to tackle breaches of competition and consumer law and empower the Digital Markets Unit (DMU). Changes would see the CMA given the power to declare companies in breach of (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Government proposes to accept revised national security undertakings offered under the acquisition of a telecommunications equipment company by a Chinese radio manufacturer to ensure maintenance of the TETRA Airwave Network used by national emergency services (Sepura / Hytera)

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Acquisition of Sepura plc by Hytera Communications Corporation Limited: revised national security undertakings* Consultation description The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, announced on 28 September 2021 that he is proposing to accept (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that the merger between a national music distributor and a Japanese technology company raises competition concerns (AWAL / Sony)

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Sony’s purchase of AWAL raises competition concerns* The CMA has found that Sony’s completed purchase of AWAL raises competition concerns, following a Phase 1 investigation. Deal could lead to worse terms for artists and less innovation in the music sector The music industry is evolving, with (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority prepares a report on the merger between a material manufacturer and a telecommunications company in light of a public interest intervention notice issued over the proposed acquisition (Perpetuus / Taurus)

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Public interest intervention notice issued over proposed acquisition of The Perpetuus Group by Taurus International Ltd and others* A notice was issued today relating to the proposed acquisition of The Perpetuus Group by Taurus International Ltd and others. On 5 September, acting on official (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority reassesses a merger in the activewear sector and provisionally finds that it raises competition concerns (JD Sports / Footasylum)

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Competition concerns remain over JD Sports merger* The CMA has provisionally found JD Sports’ takeover of Footasylum could lead to a worse deal for shoppers, after reassessing the merger. Following the CMA’s final decision to block the merger between JD Sports and Footasylum in May 2020, JD (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds serious competition concerns with a merger between a company in the chip technology industry and one of its customers as it may prevent competitors from accessing the latest processor designs (NVIDIA / Arm)

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CMA finds competition concerns with NVIDIA’s purchase of Arm* The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that NVIDIA’s purchase of Arm raises serious competition concerns. A summary of the CMA’s report, which was sent to the Secretary of State (SoS) for the Department for Digital, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that the takeover of the largest provider of GIFs by the largest social media company raises competition concerns (Facebook / Giphy)

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Facebook’s takeover of Giphy raises competition concerns* The CMA has provisionally found Facebook’s merger with Giphy will harm competition between social media platforms and remove a potential challenger in the display advertising market. Facebook app is being selected on a mobile phone. The (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that 2 pharmaceutical companies abused their dominant positions to overcharge the national health service for vital anti-epilepsy drugs (Pfizer / Flynn)

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CMA accuses pharma firms of illegal pricing* The CMA has provisionally found that Pfizer and Flynn abused their dominant positions to overcharge the NHS for vital anti-epilepsy drugs, after reassessing the case. Having gathered further evidence and after carefully assessing the facts, the (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority imposes fines totalling £260 million on two drug companies for overcharging the National Health Service (Auden Mckenzie / Actavis)

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CMA finds drug companies overcharged NHS* The CMA has imposed fines totalling over £260 million for competition law breaches in relation to the supply of hydrocortisone tablets. Prices of life-saving hydrocortisone tablets rose by over 10,000%. Pharma firms bought off potential rivals to avoid (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds in Phase I investigation that the proposed purchase of a multinational conglomerate’s passive UK telecoms infrastructure assets by the largest national independent telecommunications infrastructure supplier raises competition concerns (Cellnex / CK Hutchison)

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Cellnex and CK Hutchison deal raises competition concerns* The CMA has found that Cellnex’s proposed purchase of CK Hutchison’s UK passive telecoms infrastructure assets raises competition concerns. Cellnex is an independent supplier of telecommunications infrastructure, currently active across (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority launches a market study into two Big Tech companies’ mobile ecosystems over concerns that they might abuse their dominant position (Google / Apple)

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CMA to scrutinise Apple and Google mobile ecosystems* The CMA has launched a market study into Apple’s and Google’s mobile ecosystems over concerns they have market power which is harming users and other businesses. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is taking a closer look at whether (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority secures commitments from a Big Tech company to address concerns about its proposal to remove third-party cookies on its main internet browser (Google Privacy Sandbox)

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CMA to have key oversight role over Google’s planned removal of third-party cookies* Following an investigation, the CMA has secured commitments from Google to address concerns about Google’s proposal to remove third-party cookies on Chrome. The CMA is to take up a role in the design and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority reflects on the lessons learned from its investigation into three major suppliers of groundworks products to the construction industry for collusion (Vp / MGF / Mabey)

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Breaking competition law: construction cartel in groundworks* Lessons learnt from the CMA’s investigation into 3 major suppliers of groundworks products to the construction industry after they broke competition law. In 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) fined 2 businesses, Vp (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal releases a judgment confirming the Competition Authority’s decision to block the merger between two software suppliers (Sabre / Farelogix)

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CMA welcomes Tribunal judgment in Sabre case* The CMA welcomes today’s Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment, dismissing Sabre’s challenge of the CMA’s decision to block its proposed acquisition of Farelogix. Photograph of an airplane in the sky. Today’s judgment endorses the Competition and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority and the Information Commissioner’s Office publish a joint statement setting out their shared views on the relationship between competition and data protection in the digital economy

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ICO and CMA set out blueprint for cooperation in digital markets* The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have published a joint statement, setting out their shared views on the relationship between competition and data protection in the (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority welcomes the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss a big tech company’s grounds of appeal regarding how companies engage with the authority (Facebook / Giphy)

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CMA welcomes Court judgment in Facebook and Giphy case* The CMA has today welcomed the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss all 4 of Facebook’s grounds of appeal in a key case on how companies engage with the CMA. The Court of Appeal criticised Facebook’s conduct, saying the “central problem in (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority announces the withdrawal of two IT companies managing sensitive healthcare patient data from their intended merger (Imprivata / Isosec)

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Imprivata and Isosec abandon merger during CMA investigation* Imprivata and Isosec have abandoned their proposed tie-up after the CMA found competition concerns. Based on assurances received from Imprivata that the deal has been abandoned, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds competition concerns in the merger between two national secure authentication management solutions providers (Imprivata / Isosec)

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Imprivata’s purchase of Isosec raises competition concerns* The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that Imprivata’s proposed acquisition of Isosec raises competition concerns. Imprivata and Isosec provide secure authentication management solutions to healthcare providers in (...)

German Competition Authority, Australian Competition Authority, UK Competition Authority The UK, German and Australian Competition Authorities agree on a joint statement on merger control

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Competition Agencies from Germany, the UK and Australia agree on Joint Merger Statement* Today, the Bundeskartellamt, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have agreed on a joint statement on merger control. The joint (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal increases the Competition Authority’s fine imposed on a musical instrument firm for abuse of dominant position (Roland)

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CAT increases fine after musical instrument firm breaks settlement bargain* The CMA has welcomed a Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment dismissing an appeal against a fine it imposed, instead increasing the fine from £4m to £5m. In June 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) fined (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that a merger between two investment platforms would raise significant competition concerns following its re-examination (FNZ / GBST)

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Competition concerns remain about FNZ’s purchase of GBST* The CMA has provisionally found that a deal between FNZ and GBST would raise significant competition concerns, following its re-examination of available evidence. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) reassessed the deal, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that a merger between two big tech companies raises competition concerns in relation to digital advertising and the supply of GIFs (Facebook / Giphy)

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Facebook’s purchase of Giphy raises competition concerns* The CMA has found that Facebook’s completed acquisition of Giphy raises competition concerns in relation to digital advertising and the supply of GIFs. Giphy is an online database and search engine that allows users to share GIFs and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority disqualifies two former directors for participating in a cartel in the construction industry (Stanton Bonna Concrete / CPM / FP McCann)

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Directors disqualified over illegal construction cartel* The CMA has secured the disqualification of 2 former directors of Northern Ireland-based firm FP McCann Ltd for their parts in an illegal construction cartel. The move follows the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) 2019 decision (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the Competition Authority’s finding that a pharmaceutical company broke competition law by exchanging information (Lexon)

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Tribunal upholds CMA decision on pharma collusion and £1.2m fine The Competition Appeal Tribunal has today upheld the CMA’s finding that Lexon broke competition law, dismissing Lexon’s appeal. Last year, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) concluded its investigation into the supply of (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority requires national ticket exchange and resale company to sell secondary ticketing platform’s international business to address competition concerns (Viagogo / StubHub)

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CMA requires viagogo to sell StubHub’s international business* The CMA is requiring viagogo to sell all of StubHub’s business outside North America after its in-depth investigation identified competition concerns. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that the merger between (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority requires companies to sell GPS tracking device in order to protect competition in the commercial vehicle and trailer parts sector (TVS Europe Distribution / 3G)

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CMA breaks up motor parts merger* The CMA will require TVS Europe Distribution to sell 3G in order to protect competition in the commercial vehicle and trailer parts sector. Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that TVS Europe (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that a titanium dioxide pigment producer’s anticipated purchase of chloride slag supplier raises competition concerns (TTI / Tronox)

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Metallurgy buyout raises competition concerns* The CMA has found that Tronox’s anticipated purchase of TTI raises competition concerns in the supply of chloride slag and titanium dioxide pigment. Both companies are involved in the supply of materials used in the production of titanium dioxide, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority accepts legally binding commitments from a pharmaceutical company to secure the affordable supply of a key drug (Essential Pharma)

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CMA secures affordable supply of key bipolar drug* The CMA has accepted legally binding commitments from Essential Pharma to continue supplying a key bipolar drug at an affordable price for at least 5 years. In October, the CMA launched an investigation suspecting that the pharmaceutical (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority, along with other national competition authorities, secures privacy changes to a tech company’s mobile app store (Apple App Store)

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CMA and global partners secure privacy changes to the App Store* Following international intervention, Apple will shortly indicate on its App Store what personal data each app uses, empowering consumer choice. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), along with the Netherlands (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority looks to appeal a Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment stating the lack of information regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in sportswear retailer case (JD Sports / Footasylum)

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CMA looks to appeal CAT judgment in JD Sports case* After careful consideration, the CMA has today applied for permission to appeal the CAT’s recent judgment in the JD Sports/Footasylum case. Last month, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) supported the Competition and Markets Authority’s (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Government announces a new competition regime for tech giants with more data control for consumers, more online promotion opportunities for small businesses, more balance for publishers, and a new Digital Markets Unit to oversee it all

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New competition regime for tech giants to give consumers more choice and control over their data, and ensure businesses are fairly treated* A dedicated Digital Markets Unit will be set up to introduce and enforce a new code to govern the behaviour of platforms that currently dominate the (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority consults on commitments offered by a pharma company to keep its cheaper bipolar drug on the market at an increased price that is still below the company’s more expensive competing bipolar medication (Essential Pharma)

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CMA takes swift action in bipolar drug investigation* The CMA is consulting on proposed commitments from Essential Pharma to keep a key bipolar drug on the market, and ensure it is affordable to the NHS. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a competition law investigation into (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the Competition Authority’s suspension of the merger between a social media company and online graphics database company pending ongoing investigation (Facebook / Giphy)

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CMA welcomes Tribunal judgment in Facebook and Giphy case* The CMA welcomes today’s Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment which dismissed all of Facebook’s grounds of appeal. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is currently investigating Facebook’s purchase of Giphy, which completed on 15 (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal supports the Competition Authority’s approach to estimating the merger effects on consumers but finds that it did not gather enough information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the merger (JD Sports / Footasylum)

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CMA considers next steps in JD Sports/Footasylum merger* The CMA is considering its next steps following today’s Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment in the JD Sports/Footasylum case. JD Sports had appealed the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) final decision to block its takeover of (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Government introduces a Bill that strengthens its ability to investigate and intervene in foreign direct investments which have the potential to threaten national security

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New powers to protect UK from malicious investment and strengthen economic resilience* New Bill will modernise government’s powers to investigate and intervene in potentially hostile foreign direct investment. The National Security and Investment Bill will strengthen the UK’s ability to (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clears a trading systems firm’s proposal to sell its fixed-income business in order to resolve competition concerns about the completed merger (ION Technology Group / Broadway Technology)

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Trading systems firms address CMA competition concerns* The CMA has accepted a proposal from ION to sell Broadway’s fixed income business in order to resolve competition concerns about the completed merger. ION Investment Group Limited (ION) and Broadway Technology Holdings (Broadway) provide (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority blocks investment in a technology merger after finding it could lead to a reduction in the quality of service and higher prices (FNZ / GBST)

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CMA blocks investment technology merger* The CMA has ordered FNZ to sell GBST after finding their completed merger could lead to a reduction in the quality of service and higher prices. In its final report, published today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that the deal (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority accepts the sale of the firm’s global total ankle replacement business as a remedy to clear the merger of medical suppliers of orthopedic products (Stryker / Wright Medical Group)

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Medical device supplier resolves CMA concerns* The CMA has accepted a proposal from Stryker to sell its business in the UK total ankle prostheses market to resolve competition concerns. Stryker Corporation (Stryker) and Wright Medical Group N.V. (Wright) both manufacture a range of (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds in Phase II investigation that the complete merger in online secondary ticketing market will reduce competition and proposes structural remedies even after accounting for COVID-19 (Viagogo / StubHub)

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CMA finds competition concerns in viagogo and StubHub merger* Following an in-depth investigation, the CMA has provisionally found that the completed merger of viagogo and StubHub will reduce competition. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that viagogo and StubHub are close (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds in Phase II investigation that a merger raises competition concerns in the supply of commercial vehicle and trailer parts (TVS / 3G)

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Customers could lose out in motor parts merger* The CMA has provisionally found that the purchase of 3G by TVS raises competition concerns in the supply of commercial vehicle and trailer parts. Universal Components UK Limited (Universal Components), owned by TVS Europe Distribution Limited, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds significant competition concerns with educational supplies merger (Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation / Findel)

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Schools could lose out in educational supplies merger* The CMA has provisionally found that YPO’s anticipated purchase of close competitor Findel could leave schools worse off. Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) and Findel Education Limited (Findel) are 2 of the leading suppliers of (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority accepts commitment by a major photo-sharing platform to tackle hidden advertising by social media influencers (Instagram Social Media Endorsements)

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Instagram to tackle hidden advertising after CMA action* Following CMA action, Instagram will do more to prevent hidden advertising on its app and website, signalling an important behaviour shift by a major platform. Facebook Ireland Ltd, which operates Instagram in the UK, has committed to a (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority request the EU Commission for a referral to review a proposed merger impacting retail and wholesale telecommunications markets in the UK (Virgin / O2)

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CMA requests review of Virgin and O2 merger* The CMA has made a request to the European Commission to refer the proposed merger of Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile with O2 to the CMA for investigation. Liberty Global plc (Liberty) owns Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile in the UK, and Telefónica (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority opens an investigation into alleged abuse of dominance in the supply of drugs used to treat bipolar disorder (Essential Pharma)

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CMA to investigate the supply of bipolar drug* The CMA has opened an investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices in the supply of drugs used to treat bipolar disorder. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will investigate whether the pharmaceutical company Essential Pharma (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority imposes interim measures while it prolongs due to COVID-19 pandemic its investigation of an updated agreement between major airlines on providing slots to other competitors on certain UK-US routes (Atlantic Joint Business Agreement)

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CMA acts to protect competition on UK-US airline routes* Due to coronavirus, the CMA has imposed measures to protect competition on UK-US air routes while it investigates an agreement involving BA and American Airlines. The next year will see the expiry of remedies in place under a set of (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority confirms its intention to cancel investigation into a merger of online advertising agencies because it is abandoned (Taboola / Outbrain)

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Digital advertising merger to be abandoned during CMA investigation* Taboola has announced that it is to abandon its proposed purchase of Outbrain. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has therefore today confirmed it intends to cancel its investigation into the potential competition (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority decides that the leading global supplier of window blinds must sell the majority of shares in acquired competitor (Hunter Douglas / 247 Home Furnishings)

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Final decision published in window blind merger inquiry* The CMA has decided that Hunter Douglas, owner of online blinds retailer Blinds2Go, must sell the majority of its shares in 247 to protect competition and prevent higher prices. Hunter Douglas originally purchased a minority stake in (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority starts reviewing its study of the legal services market in England and Wales on the transparency of price, quality, and service

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CMA to assess progress in legal services sector* The CMA is reviewing the legal services sector in England and Wales to assess whether transparency of price, quality and service have improved. In 2016, the CMA carried out a market study into the supply of legal services in England and Wales, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clears a Big tech’s 16% investment in an online food delivery company after finding that it will not substantially lessen competition (Amazon / Deliveroo)

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CMA clears Amazon’s 16% investment in Deliveroo* Following an in-depth investigation, the CMA has today cleared Amazon’s 16% investment in Deliveroo after finding that it will not substantially lessen competition. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) completed an initial ‘Phase 1’ (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority reaches its final price control determination on a dispute between the aviation regulator and air traffic control service provider without taking into account the effects of COVID-19 until they are more definitely known (Civil Aviation Authority / NERL)

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CMA final decision on air traffic control charges* The CMA has sent the CAA its final price control determination on a dispute between the aviation regulator and NERL regarding air traffic control charges. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has acted as the independent body charged (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds in Phase II investigation that customers could lose out in merger between window blind companies (Hunter Douglas / 247 Home Furnishings)

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Customers could lose out in merger between window blind companies* The CMA has provisionally found that Hunter Douglas’ purchase of 247 Home Furnishings Ltd raises competition concerns. Hunter Douglas is a leading global supplier of blinds and other window coverings, which generated global (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority fines 3 pharmaceutical companies £2.3 million for having an anti-competitive agreement in the supply of the life-saving drug fludrocortisone and secures £8 million in damages for the National Health Service (Aspen / Amilco / Tiofarma)

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CMA levies fines of £2.3m and secures £8m for NHS in pharma probe* The CMA has formally concluded that 3 pharmaceutical companies took part in an illegal arrangement in relation to the supply of life-saving medicine. The investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into the supply of (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK High Court grants the first application for a competition disqualification order to come to trial by the UK Competition Authority against an estate agency director guilty of cartel participation by knowing of it and not acting to stop it (Michael Martin)

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Court orders disqualification of estate agent cartel director* In the first contested case of its kind, the CMA has secured the disqualification of a director whose Somerset estate agency breached competition law. Following a four day trial last month, Mr Michael Martin was today disqualified (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority concludes that the merger of two suppliers of medical devices will lead to a reduction of competition (Stryker / Wright Medical Group)

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Medical device suppliers’ merger raises competition concerns* The CMA has concluded that the merger of 2 suppliers of medical devices could lead to a reduction of competition in the supply of total ankle replacement prosthetics. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned that, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds concerns in a digital advertising merger between two companies supplying content recommendation services to major news sites (Taboola / Outbrain)

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Competition concerns found in digital advertising merger* Taboola’s purchase of Outbrain raises competition concerns in the supply of content recommendation, a type of digital advertising. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the anticipated purchase of Outbrain (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority revises its original findings of failing firm defence due to COVID-19 after firm’s improved performance and instead provisionally clears acquisition of 16% of the firm’s stock based on SLC test findings (Amazon / Deliveroo)

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CMA revises provisional findings in Amazon/Deliveroo case* The CMA has provisionally cleared Amazon’s 16% investment in Deliveroo, on the basis that it is not likely to result in a substantial lessening of competition. In its initial provisional findings, published in April, the Competition (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds competition concerns in Phase I investigation of educational supplies merger (Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation / Findel Education)

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Competition concerns raised over educational supplies merger* The CMA has found that YPO’s anticipated acquisition of Findel raises competition concerns in the supply of resources to educational institutions in the UK. Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) and Findel Education Limited (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority accepts disqualification of two estate agent directors for their roles in a price fixing cartel (Stephen Jones / Neil Mackenzie)

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Estate agent directors disqualified for roles in illegal cartel* Stephen Jones and Neil Mackenzie were directors at estate agents Richard Worth and Michael Hardy, respectively, from September 2008 to May 2015. During this time, their firms took part in a cartel with 2 other local estate agents (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority updates its investigation of roofing cartel with new provisional findings and secures admission of guilt by the country’s two largest suppliers of rolled lead (Associated Lead Mills / BLM British Lead)

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Two UK roofing lead firms admit to illegal cartel* Two of the UK’s largest suppliers of rolled lead have admitted to taking part in anti-competitive arrangements and could face fines of more than £11 million. Rolled lead is an important product for the construction industry, used mainly for (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds that a merger in the online secondary ticketing market raises competition concerns even after accounting for the COVID-19 difficulties (StubHub / viagogo)

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Merger of viagogo and StubHub raises competition concerns* viagogo’s purchase of StubHub raises competition concerns in the online secondary ticketing market in the UK, a CMA investigation has found. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned that the loss of competition brought (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority secures disqualification of pharmaceutical company director for 5 years for breaching competition law (Amit Patel / Auden McKenzie / Amilco)

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Pharma company director disqualified for competition law breaches* The CMA has secured the disqualification of pharmaceutical company director Amit Patel after he admitted his role in arrangements that broke competition law. Amit Patel has signed undertakings that ban him from holding a (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority finds competition concerns in merger of 2 leading wholesalers offering a wide range of commercial vehicle and trailer part types (Universal Components / 3G)

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Commercial vehicle and trailer parts merger raises competition concerns* Universal Components’ purchase of 3G raises competition concerns in the wholesale supply of commercial vehicle and trailer parts, a CMA investigation has found. Universal Components UK Limited (Universal Components), (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority consults on commitments offered by two major airlines in the Atlantic Joint Business Agreement to resolve competition concerns over airline routes with consideration for the effects of COVID-19 pandemic (American Airlines / British Airways)

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CMA consults on BA and American Airlines commitments* British Airways and American Airlines have offered commitments to resolve the CMA’s competition concerns over an agreement about airline routes between the UK and US. The airlines will make slots available at London Heathrow or Gatwick (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority blocks a sports-fashion merger finding that even with the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacting the sector, there would still be negative effects on competition if the merger proceeded (JD Sports / Footasylum)

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CMA blocks sports-fashion merger* The CMA has blocked JD Sports’ purchase of close competitor Footasylum after finding it would leave shoppers worse off. Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that this transaction would lead to a (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clears merger between 2 hospital trusts, finding that the way they are funded creates little incentive to compete, and releasing them from their 10-year commitment not to merge (Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust / Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

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CMA clears NHS hospital trusts merger* The CMA has cleared the proposed merger between The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In 2013, the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) predecessor, the Competition Commission, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clears merger between 2 online food delivery undertakings ahead of the statutory deadline for decision despite COVID-19 pandemic (Just Eat / Takeaway.com)

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CMA gives Just Eat and Takeaway.com deal the green light* The CMA has cleared the £6.2 billion merger between 2 food delivery companies. Just Eat plc (Just Eat) is one of the main food delivery firms in the UK market, while Takeaway.com N.V (Takeaway.com) operates in 11 countries overseas, (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clarifies its general approach to assessing mergers and its specific approach to assessing "failing firm" claims during the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19: CMA approach to merger assessments* The CMA has today provided more detail on its general approach to assessing mergers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Following its statement about working practices issued on 18 March, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally clears acquisition of an online food delivery business by a global online shopping company to prevent it from bankruptcy likely to happen due to economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak (Amazon / Deliveroo)

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CMA provisionally clears Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo* In light of a deterioration in Deliveroo’s financial position as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), the CMA has provisionally cleared Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo. After completing an initial, Phase 1, investigation, the Competition (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority blocks merger between online airline booking providers despite their sector being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak (Sabre / Farelogix)

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CMA blocks airline booking merger* Following an in-depth investigation, the CMA has blocked Sabre’s proposed takeover of Farelogix. Among other products and services, Sabre and Farelogix supply software solutions which help airlines to sell flights via travel agents including those that (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority recognizes the difficulty faced by merging parties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and states that a private hospital merger will be cleared if it can address local competition concerns (Circle Health / BMI Healthcare)

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Private hospital merger to be approved if local concerns addressed* The CMA has found that the completed merger between Circle and BMI does not raise UK-wide competition concerns but could reduce competition in 2 local areas. Both Circle and BMI provide elective care to NHS and privately (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority recognizes that merging construction companies might be heavily affected by COVID-19 pandemic, but still requires them to address competition concerns before clearing the merger (Kingspan / Building Solutions)

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Construction products merger raises competition concerns* The CMA has found that Kingspan’s anticipated purchase of Building Solutions raises competition concerns in the supply of specialist insulation panels. Kingspan is the leading provider in the UK of standard foam sandwich panels, which (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Government temporarily suspends competition law to allow ferry operators to the Isle of Wight to cooperate on routes and flow of goods during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Government to suspend competition law to support Isle of Wight ferry routes* Competition law to be temporarily suspended to allow ferry operators to maintain a crucial lifeline between the island and the mainland. Business Secretary to waive competition law for vital Isle of Wight crossings (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority releases provisional findings of its review of air traffic control charges and invites views from stakeholders on how it should take account of the impact of COVID-19 in its final determination (CAA / NERL)

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CMA review of air traffic control charges* The CMA has released and is consulting on its provisional findings into a dispute between the CAA and NERL regarding air traffic control charges. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has acted as the independent body charged with looking into (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority launches a COVID-19 task force to both ensure compliance in the markets affected by the public health emergency and advises the Government on competition law matters during the Covid-19 pandemic

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CMA launches COVID-19 taskforce* The CMA is today launching a taskforce to tackle negative impacts within its remit of the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak of COVID-19 is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge that has prompted many concerns that businesses might exploit the situation (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority writes an open letter to the pharmaceutical, food and drink industries warning them not to exploit the COVID-19 outbreak to charge prices that might be deemed excessive

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): CMA open letter to pharmaceutical and food and drink industries.* The Competition and Markets Authority has published an open letter for businesses in the pharmaceutical and food and drink industries. Details We have written an open letter to the pharmaceutical and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority welcomes the Governments’ relaxation of competition law for supermarkets during the COVID-19 outbreak and promises no enforcement action against businesses engaging in cooperation to supply essential products and services

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COVID-19: CMA approach to essential business cooperation* The CMA is very conscious of concerns that competition law enforcement could impede necessary cooperation between businesses to deal with the current crisis and ensure security of supplies of essential products and services, such as (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority switches to telework, suspends almost all physical shipments of documents, but promises to continue processing cases by set deadlines amid COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19: CMA working arrangements* Along with other businesses and organisations, the CMA continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 and has adjusted its working arrangements in response. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned above all to ensure the safety and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority approves media company’s acquisition of almost 50 radio stations, subject to a requirement that local radio stations have access to advertising representation (Bauer Media Group)

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Final decision published in radio merger inquiry* The CMA will ensure local radio stations have access to advertising representation following an in-depth investigation into Bauer’s purchase of almost 50 stations. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has investigated Bauer Media’s (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority welcomes the England and Wales Court of Appeal’s judgment, calling it an important step forward in clarifying the legal test for excessive and unfair pricing (Pfizer / Flynn)

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CMA welcomes Court of Appeal judgment in Phenytoin case* The CMA welcomes today’s Court of Appeal judgment, calling it an important step forward in clarifying the legal test for excessive and unfair pricing. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will now carefully review the elements (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority announces that it has been monitoring reports of changes to sales and pricing practices during the COVID-19 outbreak and will assess whether it should advise Government to consider taking direct action to regulate prices

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COVID-19: sales and pricing practices during Coronavirus outbreak* The CMA has been monitoring reports of changes to sales and pricing practices during the coronavirus outbreak. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) wants to ensure that traders do not exploit the current situation to (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority closes its pharma probe by fining 4 companies more than £3.4 million and requiring a payment of £1 million directly to the NHS for breaches of competition law in relation to the supply of an antidepressant (King Pharmaceuticals / Accord-UK / Lexon / Alissa Healthcare Research)

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Over £3m in fines and £1m for NHS in CMA pharma probe* Following an investigation, the CMA has found that 4 pharmaceutical companies broke competition law in relation to the supply of an antidepressant. The probe by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into the supply of nortriptyline, a (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority welcomes the EU Court of Justice’s ruling in a pay-for-delay case (Generics - UK / GlaxoSmithKline / Actavis / Xellia Pharmaceuticals / Merck / Alpharma)

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CMA welcomes EU Court ruling in pay-for-delay drug case* The CMA welcomes a ruling from the EU Court of Justice in relation to its case that drug companies supplying an antidepressant called paroxetine broke the law. The ruling, released today, follows appeals from GlaxoSmithKline and other (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority fines three construction companies for price-fixing, market sharing, and exchange of information (Stanton Bonna Concrete / CPM / FP McCann)

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Construction firms fined £36 million for breaking competition law* The CMA has issued 3 firms with fines totalling more than £36 million for breaking competition law in supplying certain concrete drainage products for building projects. Following an investigation by the Competition and Markets (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority raises competition concerns regarding a merger in the markets of supply of IT systems used by airlines and travel agents to sell airline tickets (Sabre / Farelogix)

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Sabre’s takeover of Farelogix raises competition concerns* Sabre’s proposed takeover of Farelogix raises competition concerns in the supply of IT systems used by airlines and travel agents to sell airline tickets. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the proposed (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that four pharmaceutical companies broke competition law by fixing the quantities and the prices of an anti-depressant drug (Auden Mckenzie / King / Alissa / Lexon)

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Suppliers of antidepressants accused of illegal anti-competitive conduct* The CMA has provisionally found that 4 pharmaceutical companies broke competition law in relation to the supply of an anti-depressant drug. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has accused competitors King and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that four pharmaceutical companies broke competition law by agreeing not to compete in the supply of an anti-nausea drug (Alliance Pharmaceuticals / Focus / Lexon / Medreich)

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Drug firms accused of illegal market sharing over anti-nausea tablets* The CMA has provisionally found that 4 pharmaceutical companies broke the law by agreeing not to compete in the supply of an anti-nausea drug in the UK. In a statement of objections issued today, the Competition and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority secures the disqualification of two former director having participated to a cartel aimed to fix or coordinate prices and share out the market for certain pre-cast concrete drainage products (Stanton Bonna Concrete / CPM / FP McCann)

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Construction cartel directors disqualified* The CMA has secured the disqualification of 2 former directors of CPM Group Ltd following CPM’s admission that it breached competition law. The move follows the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) statement of objections issued on 13 December (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority prohibits a merger between two supermarket retailers after finding it would lead to increased prices in stores, online and at many petrol stations (Sainsbury’s / Asda)

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CMA blocks merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda* The CMA has blocked the Sainsbury’s / Asda merger after finding it would lead to increased prices in stores, online and at many petrol stations across the UK. In its final report, published today, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority clears a wet-lease agreement between two airlines for the operation of flights between London City airport and Dublin (Aer Lingus / CityJet)

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Aer Lingus / CityJet deal cleared for take-off* Aer Lingus’ deal with CityJet for the London City airport to Dublin route has been cleared after a CMA probe. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today cleared an agreement under which Aer Lingus has taken over scheduled passenger (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that three drainage product manufacturers participated in a cartel (Stanton Bonna Concrete / CPM / FP McCann)

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Two construction firms admit to illegal cartel* The CMA has provisionally found that 3 drainage product manufacturers broke competition law by co-ordinating prices for customers and sharing the market. Two of the businesses – Derbyshire-based Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd and Somerset-based CPM (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority fines an airport for restricting competition on parking prices in a lease with the operator of a Terminal hotel (Heathrow / Arora)

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Heathrow and Arora admit to anti-competitive car park agreement* Heathrow airport will pay a £1.6m fine for restricting competition on parking prices in a lease with the operator of a Terminal 5 hotel. The fine to be imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), comes after its (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the decision of the Competition Authority fining a manufacturer of golf clubs for banning online retail of its products (Ping)

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Win in Ping golf clubs case sends clear online retail signal* The Competition Appeal Tribunal has upheld the CMA’s decision that Ping Europe Ltd broke the law by banning the online sale of its golf clubs. This landmark case sends an important signal that attempts by manufacturers to impose (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that a pharmaceutical company has broken competition law by charging excessive prices to the NHS for hydrocortisone tablets (Actavis)

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Pharmaceutical company accused of overcharging NHS* The pharmaceutical company Actavis UK (formerly Auden Mckenzie) has increased the price of 10mg hydrocortisone tablets by over 12,000% compared to the branded version of the drug which was sold by a different company prior to April 2008. For (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Supreme Court confirms the Competition Authority’s decision to treat an acquisition of 3 ferries and related assets as a merger (Eurotunnel / SeaFrance / MyFerryLink)

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CMA welcomes Supreme Court judgment in Eurotunnel case* The CMA has welcomed the judgment by the Supreme Court to uphold its appeal in the Eurotunnel case. In the judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took the correct approach (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority opens an in-depth investigation regarding a merger in the computer-based testing sector after considering proposed remedies to be insufficient (Pearson / Learndirect)

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CMA refers computer-based testing merger for in-depth investigation* The CMA has referred Pearson VUE’s anticipated acquisition of learndirect’s computer-based testing business for a phase 2 investigation. Earlier this month, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that it would refer (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority issues statements of objection to a pharmaceutical company and its distributors suspected of abuse of dominance in the market of phenytoin sodium capsules (Pfizer / Flynn)

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CMA issues statement of objections to Pfizer and Flynn Pharma in anti-epilepsy drug investigation* The CMA has today issued a statement of objections to the pharmaceutical suppliers Pfizer and Flynn Pharma alleging that they have breached competition law. The Competition and Markets (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority decides to open an in-depth investigation in the market of processing of animal by-products in an effort to obtain acceptable remedies (Linergy / UFBP)

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Rendering merger faces in-depth investigation unless undertakings offered* Linergy’s acquisition of Ulster Farm By-Products will be referred for an in-depth phase 2 investigation unless acceptable undertakings are offered. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that the (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority accepts to proceed with a fast track reference of the merger to phase 2 concerning a merger involving the largest suppliers of fixed communications services and mobile communications services (BT / EE)

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BT/EE merger fast-tracked to phase 2 investigation* The CMA has today referred BT Group plc’s anticipated acquisition of EE Limited for an in-depth phase 2 investigation. BT and EE are, respectively, the largest suppliers of fixed communications services and mobile communications services in (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority provisionally judges that an anticipated merger between pharmaceuticals enterprises could lead to higher prices in the personal lubricants market (Reckitt Benckiser / Johnson & Johnson)

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CMA SETS OUT PROVISIONAL CONCERNS OVER LUBRICANTS MERGER* The CMA has provisionally found that Reckitt Benckiser’s anticipated acquisition of the K-Y brand could lead to higher prices for personal lubricants. Reckitt Benckiser (RB) and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) supply personal lubricants (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority publishes an updated issues statement of its investigation concerning the market of the supply of personal current accounts and retail banking services to SMEs

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CMA publishes updated issues statement in banking market investigation* The CMA has today published an updated issues statement as part of its investigation into the supply of personal current accounts and retail banking services to SMEs. The updated issues statement summarises the (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority fines an association of estate and lettings agents, three of its members, and a newspaper publisher for implementing an anticompetitive agreement following settlement proceedings (Castles / Hamptons International / Waterfords)

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Companies fined over £775,000 in CMA investigation into advertising of agents’ fees* An association of estate and lettings agents in Hampshire, three of its members and a newspaper publisher have admitted breaching competition law and have agreed to pay penalties totalling over £775,000. The (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Court of Appeal upholds the judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal requiring an airline to reduce its minority shareholding in a rival airline (Ryanair / Aer Lingus)

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CMA welcomes Court of Appeal Judgment on Ryanair/Aer Lingus* The CMA welcomes today’s judgment by the Court Of Appeal dismissing Ryanair’s challenge on all 3 grounds. The judgment followed an appeal by Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair) against an earlier decision made by the Competition Appeal (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition and Markets Authority spurs an undertaking specialized in rail services to offer merger remedies in order to resolve competition concerns and to avoid an in-depth merger investigation (ICRL)

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Stagecoach/Virgin consortium given chance to resolve limited competition concerns arising from the East Coast rail franchise award* ICRL, a subsidiary jointly owned by Stagecoach and Virgin Trains, has the chance to avoid an in-depth merger investigation into its successful bid to run the East (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the merger decision of the Competition Authority in a maritime transport case (Eurotunnel / SeaFrance / MyFerryLink)

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The CMA has welcomed today’s judgment by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to uphold the CMA’s decision to bar Eurotunnel from running its MyFerryLink service out of Dover, to safeguard competition.* The CAT’s judgment dismissed an appeal by Eurotunnel and Société Coopérative de Production de (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Authority issues a statement of objections against two online travel agents and one hotel group for alleged restrictive practices (IHG / Expedia / Booking.com)

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United Kingdom: The Office of Fair Trading issues Statement of Objections against Booking.com, Expedia and Intercontinental Hotels Group* On 31 July 2012, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) issued a Statement of Objections alleging that Booking. com B.V. (Booking.com), Expedia Inc (Expedia) and (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Office concludes that a general terms of agreement of an association of insurers restricts competition (Association of British Insurers)

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Association of British Insurer’s General Terms of Agreement* On 13 November 2002, the ABI notified its GTA between insurers and credit hire organisations (CHOs) to the OFT for a decision that the GTA did not fall within the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 (’the Act’) or, in the (...)

UK Competition Authority The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the fine the Competition Authority imposed on a pharmaceutical company for abusing its dominant position (Napp)

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Appeal dismissed, fine reduced from £3.21 million to £2.2 million. Directions to adjust pricing policy upheld. This is the first appeal to the Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal (the Tribunal) against the decision of the Director of Fair Trading (the Director) to impose a fine under section (...)

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