Tag Archives: Antitrust

CMA’s review of market remedies finds breaches across several markets

At a glance The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recently taken action against companies that have not complied with market investigation orders and undertakings across a range of industries. The CMA appears to be more actively enforcing against breaches of market investigation orders and undertakings – the remedies imposed by the CMA to address adverse … Continue Reading

What are the risks when increasing prices in times of COVID-19?

When COVID-19 swept the globe and disrupted the production and distribution of goods, it gave way to some companies taking advantage of consumers by significantly increasing prices.  As governments across the world have started taking action against unfair or excessive prices, we examine the global enforcement trends in this space and offer practical advice to … Continue Reading

The EC’s White Paper on Foreign Subsidies and what it means for M&A deals and foreign subsidised companies operating in the EU

In our recent client alert, we take a look at the European Commission’s proposed new toolbox to intervene where foreign subsidies could potentially distort the EU single market. We consider the implications of such new measures, and also highlight the significant impact the powers could have on M&A transactions in the EU.… Continue Reading

Putting their foot down – the CMA’s decision to block JD Sports’ acquisition of Footasylum

Earlier this month, the UK Competition and Markets Authority announced that it has prohibited the completed acquisition by JD Sports of Footasylum. We take a detailed look at the case and consider what the CMA’s third prohibition decision of the year signals for future merger activity in the UK. Read the full client alert here. … Continue Reading

German lawmakers adopt temporary amendments to the German Competition Act to mitigate consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in competition law

On 14 May 2020, the German Parliament adopted temporary amendments to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) to mitigate consequences resulting from COVID-19 in the field of competition law. See BT-Drucksache 19/18963. In order to enable the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) to continue investigating mergers and their impact on the market concerned under the … Continue Reading

Competition law during the COVID-19 pandemic: several shades freed?

A version of this article was previously published in French by Le Club des Juristes. Following the economic shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the French and European competition authorities announced certain changes to competition law. Companies will be able to cooperate in certain sectors, in particular with a view to promoting the supply, production … Continue Reading

How are competition law authorities responding to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis?

With COVID-19 sweeping across the globe, competition law authorities and legislative bodies across the world are having to act quickly and flexibly to minimise disruption while ensuring business compliance and consumer protection. In our recent client alert, we take a look at how COVID-19 is shaping the competition landscape from a multi-jurisdictional perspective, honing in … Continue Reading

1-800 Contacts Sets Sights on Reversal of Judgement in Anticompetitive Advertising Case

On March 5, 2020, contact lens distributor 1-800 Contacts presented arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit appealing to overturn judgment for alleged antitrust violations relating to agreements with competitors on advertising keywords.  Reed Smith attorneys have been following this case closely for years and have provided insights on its developments. … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit’s decision in hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp. has major antitrust implications

In hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp., No. 17-16783, 2019 WL 4251889 (9th Cir. Sept. 9, 2019), a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction in favor of hiQ, which prohibited LinkedIn from denying access to publicly available data on LinkedIn profiles. The Ninth Circuit declares that selectively banning potential … Continue Reading

Our Paris EU, Competition and Regulatory team coaches clients on how to prepare and react to investigations from competition and regulatory authorities

On 19 June 2019, our Paris office organized a client seminar on the topic: “Insight into competition and regulatory authorities’ investigations in France”. Our Paris competition partners Natasha Tardif and Marc Lévy spoke alongside in-house counsel Amandine Jacquemot, senior legal advisor at EDF, before a fully packed room composed of Paris contacts and clients. Natasha … Continue Reading
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