(Over) paying the Ferryman?

Gordon Downie examines how some UK local authorities, in raising their cremation charges (partly) in response to austerity, may be risking a breach of competition law Recent reports have highlighted the very high prices being charged to bereaved families for funeral services.  There have been large increases in such charges over recent

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Skanska: Parent Companies Are Liable for Cartel Damages Caused By Their Liquidated Subsidiaries

In a landmark judgment on March 14, 2019 (Case C‑724/17, Vantaa vs. Skanska Industrial Solutions and others), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that companies cannot use corporate restructuring to escape their liability for cartel damages, setting an important precedent for future claims for damages under

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The Commission Fines Google for a Third Time: A Turning Point for Competition Enforcement and Digital Platforms?

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion ($1.69 billion) for “abusive practices in online advertising.” That is in addition to the $5 billion and $2.4 billion fines it handed to Google in 2018 and 2017 for other anti-competitive practices. Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google “shielded itself from competitive pressure” via exclusive advertising

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