Coronavirus (COVID-19)—global behavioural, exemptions, legislation and State aid case tracker

The following Competition practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—global behavioural, exemptions, legislation and State aid case tracker
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) related antitrust investigations/claims
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) related exceptions/exemptions
  • Legislation (excluding exemptions) passed to tackle competition issues arising from coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) related State aid decisions and measures
  • Changes to merger control procedures due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Other EU Coronavirus (COVID-19) related developments
  • Other UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) related developments

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—global behavioural, exemptions, legislation and State aid case tracker

A number of competition authorities around the world are reacting in order to adapt to the impact caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The table below tracks and summarises coronavirus (COVID-19) related developments in relation to antitrust investigations/claims, exceptions/exemptions, new legislation and State aid investigations.

For a summary of changes to merger control procedures in highlighted jurisdictions, see further: MJ merger control—competition authorities and coronavirus (COVID-19) status

NOTE—this tracker only covers developments within its scope that have been made publicly available. It is not intended (nor purports to be) an exhaustive or definitive resource.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) related antitrust investigations/claims

JurisdictionCase name, companies under investigation and industryIssuesDevelopments
Albania

Personal protection products
• Numerous pharmaceutical companies (listed here)

Price-gouging

• Infringement decision issued—15/10/2020

• Investigations launched—18/03/2020

Armenia

Medical gloves
• Unknown

Price-gouging

• Investigation terminated—27/08/2020

• Investigations launched—27/05/2020

Masks
• Unknown

Price-gouging

• Investigation terminated—27/08/2020

• Investigations launched—26/05/2020

Azerbaijan

Medicines and masks
• Buta Farm LLC
• Olive Pharmaceuticals LLC
• Vita Pharmaceuticals LLC
• Intermed Plyus LLC
• Dokta LLC

Price-gouging

• Investigations launched—13/03/2020

Brazil

Masks, goggles and protection filters
• Inmadica Andina

Price-gouging

• Investigation launched—05/05/2020

Medical and pharmaceutical industries
• Unknown

Price-gouging

• Investigations launched—18/03/2020

CanadaPersonal protection equipment
• CCA Logistics

Price-gouging

• Charges brought—12/05/2020

China

Supply of melt-blown fabric
• Unknown

Price-gouging

• Investigations launched—March 2020

Healthcare equipment
• Unknown

Price-gouging

• Investigations launched—March 2020

Vegetables
• Unknown

Price-gouging

• Infringement decision issued—March 2020

Calcium gluconate
• Three unknown dealers

Excessive pricing and unfair trading conditions

• Infringement decision issued—14/02/2020

Columbia

Hand sanitizers
• Farmalatam Colombia SAS

Price-gouging

• Statement of

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