Sept. 30, 2019 - Canada’s Competition Bureau is actively seeking and reviewing smaller acquisitions that may not exceed pre-merger notification thresholds under the Competition Act but that may nonetheless raise substantive competition issues. The Bureau’s demonstrated interest in evaluating smaller mergers...
Most Favored Nation Clauses: A Review of Enforcement Activity
Most favored nation (MFN) clauses in vertical agreements are essentially arrangements between buyers and sellers, pursuant to which one party guarantees that the other will receive the best price or terms for a product or service. MFNs are ubiquitous and have become increasingly popular in a variety of industries, including health care, payment cards, online travel and retail. Antitrust authorities have engaged in the interplay of MFNs and competition for decades; however, recently we have seen increased MFN enforcement in a number of jurisdictions.
Sept. 24, 2019 - The Supreme Court of Canada has released its long-awaited decision in two companion appeals that have significant implications for class actions alleging conduct that contravenes the criminal provisions found in Part VI of the Competition Act (Act). In its decision in Pioneer Corporation...