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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 115

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


Vestager loses Starbucks tax case, wins Fiat

The EU General Court Tuesday annulled a landmark European Commission decision qualifying a tax ruling granted to Starbucks as an illegal subsidy, but confirmed a similar decision involving Fiat. Read More.


Oracle says investigators have asked it for information about Google

Oracle Corp (ORCL.N), which has clashed with Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) in business disputes, has received requests for information from congressional and state investigators looking into allegations that Google violated antitrust law. Read More.


Eurostar, Thalys merger floated to create high-speed rail giant

Train companies Eurostar and Thalys could combine to form a single operator covering five countries under plans laid out today by French and Belgian state railways. Read More.


HSBC gets some satisfaction in EU court against Euribor cartel fine

HSBC (HSBA.L) got partial satisfaction on Tuesday in its fight against a 33.6 million euro ($37 million) fine levied by EU antitrust regulators three years ago for rigging the Euribor financial benchmark together with six other banks.Read More.


Swiss: Competition authority OKs Sunrise plan to buy Liberty Global’s UPC

The Swiss antitrust authority has approved Sunrise Communications’s plan to buy Liberty Global’s Swiss UPC business, the Swiss telecommunications company announced on Thursday, September 26. Read More.



This database contains approximately 200 references related to international hard core cartels since 2012 from approximately 50 jurisdictions. Read More.

European Commission

Commission fines Coroos and Groupe CECAB €31.6 million for participating in canned vegetables cartel

The European Commission has fined Coroos and Groupe CECAB a total of € 31 647 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Bonduelle was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission. Read More.


The Fiat and Starbucks Judgments

Yesterday the General Court handed down the first and much awaited Judgments regarding the assessment of individual tax rulings under State aid. The Court roasted the Starbucks decision, but the Commission managed to drive home the Fiat one. Read More.

Kluwer Competition Law Blog

Recent Developments in Canada: Supreme Court Expands Scope of Potential Liability in Price-Fixing Class Actions

The Supreme Court of Canada has released its long-awaited decision in two companion appeals that have significant implications for class actions alleging conduct that contravenes the criminal provisions found in Part VI of the Competition Act (Act). Read More.

Review of Industrial Organization

Economics at the FTC: Quantitative Analyses of Two Chemical Manufacturing Mergers

Daniel Greenfield, Bruce Kobayashi, Jeremy Sandford, ChristopherTaylor and Nathan Wilson
In this article, we discuss the economic analyses that were conducted in connection with two Commission antitrust investigations: The first involved a merger of manufacturers of titanium dioxide, which is an intermediate good used in the manufacture of paints, plastics, and other final goods. Read More.

RAND Journal of Economics, Forthcoming

Vertical Collusion

David Gilo and Yaron Yehezkel
We characterize collusion involving secret vertical contracts between retailers and their supplier – who are all equally patient ("vertical collusion"). Read More.

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