Tag Archives: Covid-19

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

CMA announces first investigations into COVID-19 price abuse

At a glance First formal action against price gouging in the UK Case will be a test of the fitness of the current legal framework to tackle price gouging Approach to establishing dominance and excessive pricing in the COVID-19 context will impact future enforcement in the UK and possibly in other jurisdictions Amongst the initial … Continue Reading

COVID-19 puts predatory acquisitions in the antitrust crosshairs of U.S. government

As businesses continue to deal with the repercussions of extended lockdowns, the U.S. government is on the lookout for enterprises that may use the pandemic as a cover to pursue anticompetitive endeavors. In April, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Pandemic Anti-Monopoly Act (the Proposed Act) with the aim of … Continue Reading

COVID-19 pandemic accelerates the extension of foreign investment control in Germany with regard to transactions in the health care sector

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy implemented further amendments to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung – AWV) due to the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent the buyout of German companies active in the health care and infection protection sectors by investors from outside the EU (or EFTA). The amendment entered into … 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

Meat industry faces new antitrust threats while working through COVID-19 challenges

As U.S. meat packaging and processing companies persevere to supply the nation’s grocery shelves during the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry finds itself once again under the regulatory spotlight. On May 6, 2020, President Donald Trump asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate allegations that U.S. beef and pork producers violated federal antitrust laws. Just … 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
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