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Competition Bureau Approves Loblaws’ Acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Subject to Divestitures and Restrictions on Contracting Practices With Suppliers

Posted in Competition, Retailing

The following article by Jonathan Bitran and Oliver Borgers may be of interest to readers of this blog:

Competition Bureau Approves Loblaws’ Acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Subject to Divestitures and Restrictions on Contracting Practices With Suppliers

On March 20, 2014, the Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner) and Loblaws entered into a consent agreement, whereby Loblaws agreed to 27 divestitures as well as behavioural remedies vis-à-vis its suppliers in order to address the Commissioner’s concerns that its acquisition of Shoppers would substantially lessen competition. Read more.… Continue Reading

Competition Bureau Announced That It Will Not Appeal Credit Cards Decision

Posted in Corporate Matters

 

 

 

 

 

Canada’s Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner) announced today that it would not appeal the Competition Tribunal’s (Tribunal) decision to dismiss a case it brought against Visa Canada Corporation (Visa) and MasterCard International Incorporated (MasterCard).

Earlier this year, the Tribunal rejected the Commissioner’s complaint that credit card companies had engaged in price maintenance within the meaning of section 76 of the Competition Act; confirming that credit card networks do not engage in resale price maintenance in carrying on their business activities.

For additional information on the Tribunal’s reasons, please see http://www.mccarthy.ca/article_detail.aspx?id=6431.… Continue Reading