The Canadian Supreme Court clarifies the notion of "prevention" of competition and revitalizes efficiencies defence in a merger case (Tervita)

Supreme Court clarifies "prevention" and revitalizes efficiencies defence in Tervita merger case* Canada’s Supreme Court of Canada issued its much-anticipated decision in the case of Tervita Corp. v. Canada Commissioner of Competition yesterday, upholding the Federal Court of Appeal’s (and the Competition Tribunal’s) treatment of likely future entry in cases involving the “prevention” of competition, but overturning their rulings as to the application of the efficiencies defence, and in the process increasing the evidentiary burden on the Commissioner to mount a successful challenge to an anti-competitive merger. The Tervita case has important implications for risk assessment by merging parties, who must now consider what may seem to be somewhat remote alternatives to their proposed

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Susan M. Hutton, Michael Laskey, The Canadian Supreme Court clarifies the notion of "prevention" of competition and revitalizes efficiencies defence in a merger case (Tervita), 22 janvier 2015, e-Competitions January 2015, Art. N° 70968

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