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18 June 2020

Focus Antitrust - 18 June 2020

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Two parties settle with CMA as part of its roofing cartel investigation

Two parties to the CMA’s roofing cartel investigation have agreed to settle the case with the CMA, following the issue of a supplementary statement of objections. Click here.

CMA proposing to refer the merger of viagogo and StubHu

The CMA is proposing to refer the merger of viagogo and StubHub for a detailed investigation, unless the parties offer suitable undertakings in lieu of a reference. The CMA considers that the merger raises competition concerns in the online secondary ticketing market in the UK. Click here.

CMA accepts director disqualification undertakings from 2 Berkshire estate agent directors

The CMA has accepted director disqualification undertakings from 2 Berkshire estate agent directors following the CMA’s investigation into a price fixing cartel in residential estate agency services in the Berkshire area. Click here.

EU

European Commission
  • The European Commission has opened formal investigations to assess whether Apple's rules for app developers on the distribution of apps via the App Store violate EU competition rules. The investigations concern in particular the mandatory use of Apple's own proprietary in-app purchase system and restrictions on the ability of developers to inform iPhone and iPad users of alternative cheaper purchasing possibilities outside of apps. Click here.
  • The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether Apple's conduct in connection with Apple Pay violates EU competition rules. The investigation concerns Apple's terms, conditions and other measures for integrating Apple Pay in merchant apps and websites on iPhones and iPads, Apple's limitation of access to the Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality (tap and go) on iPhones for payments in stores and alleged refusals of access to Apple Pay. Click here.

UK

CMA
  • The CMA has referred the completed acquisition by TVS Europe Distribution Limited of 3G Truck and Trailer Parts Ltd for an in-depth phase 2 merger investigation. Click here.
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