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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 44

Valur Thrainsson
3 min read

Good morning,

Here below you find the most read articles on CompetitionFeed over the last week.


Google's shopping rivals call for action from EU antitrust watchdog

Google competitors have called for further action by European Union antitrust regulators to ensure the Alphabet-owned (GOOGL.O) firm treats rivals offering shopping services equally. Read More.

Italian Competition Authority

Algida ice creams, fine of over 60 million euros to Unilever for abuse of dominant position

The Italian Competition Authority has sanctioned Unilever Italy Mkt. Operations S.r.l. with a fine of over 60 million euro for having violated article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, by putting in place an abuse of an exclusionary nature to hinder the growth of competitors in the market of individually-wrapped impulse-buy ice cream, in which the Italian company of the Anglo-Dutch multinational holds a dominant position, mainly through the sale of "Algida" branded ice creams. Read More.

European Commission

Commission clears merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed merger between Essilor and Luxottica, two leaders in the optical industry. The Commission concluded that the merger would not adversely affect competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it. Read More.


Ohio vs Amex before the SCOTUS- EU judges already got it

It used to be commonplace for many to say that EU Law was lagging behind US antitrust law. Not sure that is still the case, assuming it ever was. But there is an important are where EU judges (even if perhaps not yet all EU competition authorities) are one step ahead... Read More.

Nordic Competition


On 18 January 2018, Advocate General Nils Wahl issued an opinion saying that EY & KPMG Denmark did not prematurely implement EY’s acquisition of KPMG Denmark. The opinion was issued following a decision by the Danish Competition Council stating that EY and KPMG Denmark had jumped the gun. Read More.


“Be safe not sorry”: CMA launches new campaign targeting cartels and encouraging whistleblowing

On 19 February 2018 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced the launch of a new campaign to crack down on cartels and encourage more people to blow the whistle. The campaign, which leads with the tagline “When it comes to cartels, be safe not sorry”, encourages anyone who has witnessed or been involved in a cartel to “tell us about it and help us make markets fairer”. Read More.

Truth on the Market

A Judicial Nod to Empirically-Based Regulation

The cause of basing regulation on evidence-based empirical science (rather than mere negative publicity) – and of preventing regulatory interference with First Amendment commercial speech rights – got a judicial boost on February 26. Read More.

Journal of Competition Law & Economics,


Angela Huyue Zhang, Jingchen Liu, Nuno Garoupa
EU competition appeals typically involve applications by private businesses to annul decisions made by the European Commission. In particular, if a rapporteur comes from a country whose administrative law has a strong French influence, the decision is more likely to favor the Commission than if he is from any other EU country. These results are robust to alternative political ideology variables, including left–right politics and a preference for European integration. Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Pierre Fabre, Coty and Restrictions on Internet Sales: An Economist’s Perspective

Ralph A Winter
In its decision of 6 December 2017 in Coty, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) relaxed the law against restraints placed by manufacturers on retailers’ decisions to distribute goods over the internet. In a previous case, Pierre Fabre (C-439/09), the Court had stated that, as regards cosmetics... Read More.

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