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CMA COVID-19 Update: Recent Measures to Protect Consumers

The CMA’s efforts include investigations into the package holiday and hand sanitizer industries. By John D. Colahan and Anuj Ghai CMA announces package holiday sector investigation On 10 July, the CMA announced that it was investigating suspected breaches of consumer protection law in the package holiday sector. The investigation was launched on the back of … Continue Reading

CMA Publishes COVID-19 Taskforce Update for July

The CMA continues to field COVID-19 complaints concerning refunds and previously widespread excessive prices on day-to-day products. By John D. Colahan and Anuj Ghai The CMA continues to respond to complaints from consumers on COVID-19-related issues. Consumers submitted more than 80,000 complaints through 28 June 2020, with the volume decreasing from 7,000 a week in … Continue Reading

High Court Issues Lengthy Director Disqualification Order for Contributing to a Competition Law Infringement

The judgment has important implications for the competition law compliance responsibilities of company directors. John Colahan and Peter Citron On 3 July 2020, the High Court disqualified[1] Michael Martin from acting as a director for seven years. The court found that Mr Martin had contributed to a breach of competition law by his former company, … Continue Reading

CMA Investigates Hand Sanitiser Pricing Practices

The investigation is being carried out under the CMA’s competition law powers rather than under its consumer protection functions. By John D. Colahan and Anuj Ghai On 18 June, the CMA released an update noting that it had launched an investigation under Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998 into suspected breaches of competition law … Continue Reading

Latest COVID-19 Taskforce Update Sets Out CMA’s Response to Principal Areas of Concern

The taskforce continues to receive and monitor complaints about unfair practices in relation to cancellations and refunds and potentially unjustifiable price rises. By John D. Colahan and Anuj Ghai On 21 May, the CMA released a further update setting out the work of its COVID-19 Taskforce in responding to complaints regarding competition and consumer protection … Continue Reading

CMA COVID-19 Taskforce to Investigate Unfair Cancellation and Refund Practices

The CMA has launched a programme of work to investigate reports of businesses failing to respect cancellation rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. By John D. Colahan and Anuj Ghai The CMA’s COVID-19 Taskforce Update on 24 April 2020 noted that its COVID-19 Taskforce had received a significant volume of complaints about unfair practices in relation … Continue Reading

CMA COVID-19 Taskforce Update Shows Areas of Concern

The CMA is concerned that businesses may be engaging in unfair practices in relation to cancellations and refunds, and unjustifiable price increases.  By John D. Colahan and Anuj Ghai Background On 24 April 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published an update on the work of its COVID-19 Taskforce (the Taskforce) (the Update Report). … Continue Reading

CMA Issues New Guidance on Merger Assessment During COVID-19 Pandemic

The guidance includes a refresher on “failing firm” defence claims, for which the CMA will maintain a high bar. By John D. Colahan, Stephanie Adams, and Peter Citron On 22 April 2020 the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published guidance on its assessment of mergers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the guidance the … Continue Reading

Competition Law in the Energy Sector: What to Look Out For in 2020

Ofgem’s recently announced goals and developments and changes to the post-Brexit state aid regime will have important implications for market players. By John D Colahan, Stephanie Adams, and Anuj Ghai 2020 is set to be a an important year for competition law-related enforcement in the UK energy sector not least as it waits for the … Continue Reading

Competition Law and Online Sales Restrictions: UK Court of Appeal Judgment in Ping

Court ruling confirms that online sales restrictions can amount to a serious infringement of competition law. By John D. Colahan and Anuj Ghai On 21 January 2020, the UK’s Court of Appeal ruled that the online sales restrictions contained in Ping’s internet sales policy (ISP) constituted a restriction of competition by object. The Court of … Continue Reading

PE Firms Must Evaluate Competition Strategy Ahead of Brexit

By Jonathan Parker and Greg Bonné As the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) prepares to assume sole jurisdiction for UK competition reviews post-Brexit, private equity deal teams must evaluate the competitive consequences of deals bridging the Brexit period and update their competition strategy accordingly. What is Changing? The European Commission (EC) currently acts as a … Continue Reading

Competition Appeal Tribunal Refuses Interim Relief in Pharma Pricing Case

By Jonathan Parker, Hanna Roos, Hayley Pizzey and James Fagan The Competition Appeal Tribunal (the CAT) in the UK heard on 17 January 2017 an application by Flynn Pharma Ltd and Flynn Pharma (Holdings) Ltd (together Flynn) to suspend the Competition and Markets Authority’s (the CMA) direction to reduce the price of an epilepsy drug. … Continue Reading

UK CMA Announces Closure of Investigation into PCWs for Energy Tariffs

By John Colahan and Calum Warren On 6 October 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced the closure of its investigation into a suspected competition law breach by some price comparison websites (PCWs) for energy tariffs on the grounds of administrative priorities. The suspected competition law breach related to certain paid online search … Continue Reading
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