Competition & Antitrust updates

Germany

Contributed by Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP
Cartel damage claims: Federal Court of Justice corrects understanding of 'affected' goods
  • Germany
  • 09 April 2020

A recent Federal Court of Justice decision clarifies open questions relating to cartel damages and simplifies the presentation of claims by plaintiffs, as it will no longer be necessary to present and prove that a cartel agreement had an actual impact on an acquisition transaction under the requirements of Section 286 of the Code of Civil Procedure. It is to be expected that the number of cartel damage actions pending before the German courts will continue to increase.


Israel

Contributed by Tadmor Levy & Co
ICA addresses application of Economic Competition Law during COVID-19 crisis
  • Israel
  • 09 April 2020

The Israeli Competition Authority recently published several clarifications regarding the application of the Economic Competition Law 5748-1988 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The clarifications refer to three main issues – namely, collaboration arrangements between competitors, gun-jumping rules in merger cases and postponement of reports required under the Law for the Advancement of Competition in the Food Sector 2014.


Turkey

Contributed by ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law
COVID-19: TCA announces zero-tolerance policy towards excessive price increases
  • Turkey
  • 09 April 2020

The Turkish Competition Authority (TCA) recently issued a series of public announcements emphasising that it has observed excessive price increases in the food sector – particularly for fresh fruit and vegetables – during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, to protect consumers, the TCA has stressed that it will continue to monitor these price increases and the market players that have contributed thereto.


USA

Contributed by Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Antitrust agencies respond to COVID-19 challenges in merger reviews
  • USA
  • 09 April 2020

As the United States reacts and adjusts to the developing COVID-19 situation, the two federal antitrust agencies – the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division – have revised certain rules and procedures relating to their civil merger investigation processes to address these new challenges. Although both agencies have shifted most of their personnel to remote working arrangements, agency staff have demonstrated a willingness to be reasonable and accommodating.