Competition watchdog to probe Central England Co-op funeral deal – The Independent

‘The UK competition regulator is to investigate the takeover of funeral homes by the Central England Co-op amid increased scrutiny of the industry.’

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The Independent, 16th August 2021

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Facebook could be forced by UK watchdog to sell gif creator Giphy – The Guardian

Posted August 13th, 2021 in competition, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Facebook could be forced to sell gif creation website Giphy after an investigation by the UK competition regulator found its takeover could harm competition among social media companies and the digital advertising market.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2021

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Covid: Watchdog to immediately investigate Covid PCR test cost – BBC News

Posted August 13th, 2021 in competition, consumer protection, coronavirus, holidays, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The competition watchdog has said it will investigate the price of PCR Covid tests “immediately”. The health secretary had called for a review into “excessive” pricing and “exploitative practices” among test providers.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2021

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Watchdog backs regulator’s plan to reduce UK energy firms’ returns – The Guardian

‘The competition watchdog has sided with Great Britain’s energy regulator after an industry rebellion over a clampdown on the returns energy network companies can make at the expense of customer bills.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2021

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Covid PCR costs can be excessive and exploitative, says Javid – BBC News

‘The health secretary has asked the competition watchdog to investigate “excessive” pricing and “exploitative practices” among PCR Covid test firms.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2021

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Drug firm fined for huge price rise that hit NHS – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2021 in competition, consumer protection, fines, medicines, news by sally

‘A drug company that increased the price of a crucial thyroid remedy more than 10-fold has prompted fines of more than £100m by the competition watchdog.’

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BBC News, 29th July 2021

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Writing fake online reviews could be made illegal – BBC News

‘A plan to crack down on online rip-offs including making it illegal for people to write or host fake reviews has been outlined by the government.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2021

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MPs call for ‘complete reset’ of music streaming to protect artists – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2021 in artistic works, competition, inquiries, internet, media, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Music streaming needs a “complete reset”, according to a damning parliamentary report that calls on the UK competition watchdog to investigate the commercial power wielded by major record labels.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2021

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Plan for single register of all regulated and unregulated legal providers – Legal Futures

Posted June 8th, 2021 in competition, consumer protection, legal services, news by sally

‘A combined digital register of regulated and unregulated legal services providers would be “the simplest solution” to improve consumer navigation of the market, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 8th June 2021

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UK Trade Remedies Authority begins operating – OUT-LAW.com

‘A new regulator, with powers to investigate and address unfair trade practices and subsidies, has begun operating in the UK.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd June 2021

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Apple accused of breaking UK competition law by overcharging for apps – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2021 in class actions, compensation, competition, fees, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Apple is facing a demand for billions of pounds of consumer compensation in a British lawsuit that accuses the company of overcharging users by up to 30% on its App Store.’

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The Guardian, 11th May 2021

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High Court judge explains £250k cost-capping order in PPE procurement proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has given her reasons for making a costs capping order of £250,000 in respect of both the claimants, the Good Law Project and EveryDoctor, and the defendant, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the procurement challenge over the award of contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2021

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Street traders lose legal challenge over “innovative product” criterion imposed by council – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge brought by street traders over a council’s implementation of a regulatory framework that requires stall owners to sell products not readily available on the high street.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2021

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Legal Services Act has delivered “limited benefits to competition” – Legal Futures

Posted April 20th, 2021 in competition, legal services, news, reports by sally

‘The Legal Services Act 2007 has only delivered “a few of the benefits typically associated with deregulation”, a report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has concluded.’

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Legal Futures, 20th April 2021

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Boris Johnson threatens to use ‘legislative bomb’ to stop European Super League – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2021 in competition, news, sport, visas by sally

‘Boris Johnson has promised football groups that the government will consider using what he called “a legislative bomb” to stop English clubs joining a breakaway European Super League, as official efforts to thwart the plan were stepped up.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2021

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Councils may have suffered because of ‘pre-paid cards’ cartel, according to provisional findings of regulator – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 6th, 2021 in benefits, competition, electronic commerce, local government, news by sally

‘Local authorities may have missed out on an alternative supplier of pre-paid cards or products that were either cheaper or better suited to both their needs and the needs of those using such cards, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has said after provisionally finding that five companies engaged in cartel behaviour.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th April 2021

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UK watchdog investigates Penguin owner’s Simon & Schuster takeover – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2021 in artistic works, competition, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The UK competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Penguin Random House’s (PRH) $2bn (£1.45bn) takeover of rival book publisher Simon & Schuster. The Competition and Markets Authority said on Monday it was considering whether the deal, which cements PRH’s position as the world’s biggest book publisher, would result in a “substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services”.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2021

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Litigation funding agreements are not DBAs, Court of Appeal judges confirm – Litigation Futures

‘Agreements with third-party litigation funders are not damages-based agreements (DBAs), three Court of Appeal judges – albeit sitting in the Divisional Court – have decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th March 2021

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UK opens formal investigation of Facebook’s Giphy takeover – The Independent

Posted January 29th, 2021 in artistic works, competition, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The U.K. s competition watchdog launched a formal investigation on Thursday into Facebook s purchase of Giphy over concerns it will stifle competition for animated images.’

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The Independent, 28th January 2021

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Supreme Court to consider costs orders against regulators – Legal Futures

‘The Supreme Court is to consider whether costs should only be awarded against regulators in unsuccessful cases where there is good reason to make an order, it announced today [27 January].’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2021

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