Consumer sovereignty in the framework of social justice, economic equality and environmental balance, within and across borders


  • Commission tells Czechs Greek yoghurt is ‘Greek’

    October 5, 2016

    – The use of the term “Greek yoghurt” for products made outside Greece deceives consumers and creates unfair competition, the European Commission said, ending a spat between Athens and Prague over the delicacy.
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  • United States: New Tool For Antitrust Investigations In China

    September 16, 2016

    – In recent years, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the antitrust enforcement agency responsible for price-related monopoly conduct, has cracked down on resale price maintenance (RPM) through a series of enforcement actions. These have targeted companies in industries including baby formula, automobiles, liquor, and eyeware. A recent penalty decision against Chinese white goods giant Haier issued by the Shanghai Price Bureau (the Shanghai branch of the NDRC) is particularly noteworthy, because it explicitly referenced screenshots of mobile phone chat histories as evidence to prove the RPM conduct. This decision raises the question, to what extent can personal communications such as smartphone messages be used as evidence in antitrust investigations?
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  • Price Signalling in Competition Law

    September 16, 2016

    – The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) recently issued witness summonses and information requests to major motor insurance providers and insurance industry groups in Ireland.
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  • Japan report finds Apple, Google hinder app sales competition

    September 15, 2016

    – TOKYO – Apple and Google engage in practices that undermine competition in the smartphone app market by making the most of their control over distribution channels, a report by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry argues
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  • Motor insurers to be quizzed on suspected competition breaches

    September 14, 2016

    – Commission checking if insurers have signalled premiums rises to each other

    The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has issued summonses to motor insurance providers compelling them to give evidence on suspected breaches of competition law.

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  • Mastercard sued for $19 billion in Britain’s biggest damages claim

    September 9, 2016

    – Some 46 million people in Britain could potentially benefit from a legal case brought against Mastercard (MA.N) demanding 14 billion pounds ($19 billion) in damages for allegedly charging excessive fees, according to court documents filed in London.
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  • Non-compete clauses under the new competition law

    September 8, 2016

    – In a merger or acquisition (M&A) where a company purchases either the assets or shares of stock of a competing company, the buyer usually insists the inclusion of a non-compete clause that prohibits the seller from engaging in any business that competes with the buyer.

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  • Drink firm faces suit after probe

    July 25, 2016

    – The Trade Competition Board is set to file a lawsuit against a leading energy drink company after an investigation found it had used unfair trade practices by prohibiting retail outlets from selling competitors’ products.
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