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The UK Goverment announces the strengthening of the powers of competition watchdogs to fine businesses who broke consumer law

On 18 June 2019, the UK government published a press release announcing 'tough new powers for the competition watchdog to fine businesses directly who have broken consumer law'. This follows a request from Lord Tyrie, Chair of the Competition and Markets Authority ('CMA'), for enhanced powers to investigate and sanction breaches of consumer law by businesses. The government will consult on the specifics in an upcoming Consumer White Paper expected later this year. This comes alongside proposals to increase the powers of other UK sectoral regulators in this area, in light of recent investigations into issues such as 'loyalty penalties' and the government's recent Smart Data Review. It is currently a key area of regulatory focus in the UK, which could significantly increase compliance

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Ross Mackenzie, Alexi Dimitriou, Barley Danica, The UK Goverment announces the strengthening of the powers of competition watchdogs to fine businesses who broke consumer law, 18 June 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2019, Art. N° 91703

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