Competition Law

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Facebook could be forced to sell off Giphy, one of the largest online platforms for animated GIFs, following concerns raised by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The CMA has provisionally found Facebook's $400 million merger with Giphy will harm competition between social media platf

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to be given new powers to fine companies that rip off customers, make misleading claims, or have unfair terms and conditions. It is expected that Kwasi Kwarteng, business secretary, will announce the proposals next week to strengthen the CMA's powers po

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has imposed fines totalling over £260 million for competition law breaches in relation to the supply of hydrocortisone tablets. The fines are the result of a CMA investigation into the conduct of several pharmaceutical firms which found that Aud

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Bid rigging will become a criminal offence in Ireland under new legislation aimed at beefing up anti-competition laws. The Competition (Amendment) Bill 2021 will also grant the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) powers to tackle gun jumping in order to relieve pressure on the Dire

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The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating whether airlines have breached consumers’ legal rights by failing to offer cash refunds for flights they could not lawfully take. The move comes as part of ongoing work by the CMA in relation to holiday refunds during the corona

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued advice to the UK government on the design and implementation of the UK’s new pro-competition regime for digital markets. If implemented, the new regime will govern the most powerful tech firms – those with strategic market status (SM

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Retail giant Amazon has been charged by the European Commission over its use of sales data on independent retailers to "illegally" obtain an advantage in the European marketplace. In July last year, the Commission opened an in-depth investigation to assess Amazon's use of sensitive data. The data co

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The European Commission is "leaning toward" appealing the ruling that US tech giant Apple did not receive illegal state aid from Ireland and does not have to pay €14 billion in back taxes, according to reports. According to Politico Europe, citing two senior EU sources, competition commissioner

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Some of the biggest motor insurance companies in Ireland have engaged in anti-competitive cooperation, the competition watchdog has alleged in preliminary findings. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) today issued preliminary findings to AIG Europe S.A., Allianz PLC, AXA Insura

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The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit by Google under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction would further entrench Google's market position in the online advertising markets

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The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has recruited new staff in anticipation of a significant increase in the number and complexity of merger notifications following Brexit. The competition watchdog continued to "adjust and expand to meet increased responsibilities and challenge

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that a private hospital group and seven consultant ophthalmologists broke competition law by taking part in illegal price-fixing. Following an investigation by the CMA, Spire Healthcare Limited and Spire Healthcare Group plc has admitted tha

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The European Commission has opened two formal competition investigations into Apple in relation to its App Store and Apple Pay. The App Store investigation will examine restrictions imposed by Apple in its agreements with companies that wish to distribute apps to users of Apple devices.

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Eoghan Ó hArgáin, associate and head of the EU, competition and regulated markets team at Eugene F. Collins, explores what measures may be taken under Irish law in response to reports of “price gouging”. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 there have been reports of hand san

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