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10 May 2017

Focus Antitrust - 10 May 2017

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CMA proposes to refer Cardtronics' purchase of rival ATM provider DCP

The CMA has announced that it is proposing to refer Cardtronics' purchase of rival ATM provider DCP for a detailed phase 2 merger investigation, unless suitable undertakings are offered. The CMA is concerned that, in those local areas where there is insufficient competition from rival ATMs, the merger could lead to increased surcharge fees for customers withdrawing cash. Click here.

European Commission accepts commitments from Amazon on e-books

The European Commission has accepted commitments offered by Amazon to address the Commission's preliminary competition concerns relating to a number of most-favoured-nation clauses in Amazon's distribution agreements with e-book publishers in Europe. Click here.

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  • The CMA has referred Cygnet's merger with the Cambian adult services division of Cambian Group plc for an in-depth phase 2 investigation, as Cygnet has not offered any undertakings. Click here.
  • The CMA has issued its final decision finding that The National Lighting Company Limited and its subsidiaries Saxby Lighting Limited, Endon Lighting Limited and Poole Lighting Limited infringed competition law by engaging in online resale price maintenance. The fine imposed by the CMA has not been disclosed but includes a discount to reflect savings due to the party's admissions and its co-operation with the CMA under a settlement agreement. Click here.

This article was written by Paul Stone. For more information, please contact Paul on +44 (0)20 7203 5110 or at paul.stone@crsblaw.com.

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