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Category: Investigations

Veterinary Services Market: CMA’s Review

First published by Author on November 01, 2023 in the following categories: Consumer Law Healthcare Industry Investigations Latest and tagged with | | | |

veterinary services market

In recent times, the veterinary services market has been under scrutiny by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in a bid to ensure fair competition and consumer welfare.

This market review sheds light on potentially critical aspects of the industry. In this article from the team here at The Competition Lawyers, we will delve into the details of the CMA’s recent market review and its implications for both consumers and industry players. Given how lucrative the market for pets is, it is clear that this is an industry that requires healthy competition at all times.

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Unregulated Legal Services Under Scrutiny: CMA Investigation

First published by Author on October 11, 2023 in the following categories: Consumer Law Industry Investigations Legal and tagged with | | | |

unregulated legal services

Unregulated legal services have been a subject of concern for both consumers and the legal profession alike, and the UK’s competition regulator has been looking into the sector.

The landscape of legal services is a vital component of any functioning society, ensuring access to justice and protection of individual rights. However, not all legal services are created equal. In this article, we delve into a recent investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into unregulated legal services, focusing on the investigation into will writing and other unregulated legal services.

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CMA Investigation: Consumer Protection in the Green Heating and Insulation Sector

First published by Author on September 20, 2023 in the following categories: Consumer Law Industry Investigations Latest and tagged with | | | |

green heating and insulation

In an era marked by increasing environmental consciousness, the green heating and insulation sector has gained substantial traction for commitment to energy-efficient and sustainable solutions.

However, as this sector grows, so does the need for robust consumer protection measures. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has taken a significant step in this direction by addressing concerns within the industry in particular.

This article will look at the implications of the CMA’s actions and provides insights into ensuring consumer protection in the evolving landscape of green heating and insulation.

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Latest in the CMA road fuel market study

First published by Author on July 05, 2023 in the following categories: Consumer Law Industry Investigations Latest Pricing and tagged with | | | | | |

road fuel market study

The CMA recently published an update in respect of its road fuel market study where it had been looking into the prices and competition in this particular sector.

The study was launched last year and came at an important time when the cost-of-living crisis was really hitting us all and continues to cause significant problems for families across the UK. It is essential to make sure that no companies are breaching competition law and that consumers are not being taken advantage of, particularly when we are all feeling the squeeze.

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CMA suspects anti-competitive behaviour regarding production and broadcasting of sports content

First published by Author on June 07, 2023 in the following categories: Consumer Law Digital Industry Investigations Sports and tagged with | | | |

production and broadcasting of sports

Since July 2022, the CMA has been looking into suspected anti-competitive behaviour in relation to the production and broadcasting of sports content in the UK for both freelance and employed labour.

The early CMA suspicions involve potential suspected breaches of competition law which the UK’s competition regulator has been looking into over the last 12 months or so. The CMA has yet to make any final determinations, but it appears to have made considerable headway in relation to the ongoing investigation.

As things stand, further information is still being gathered by the watchdog to determine whether any infringements have taken place.

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Fragrances and fragrance ingredients – suspected anti-competitive conduct

First published by Author on May 03, 2023 in the following categories: Consumer Law Industry Investigations Latest and tagged with | | |

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The CMA has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into suspected anti-competitive conduct relating to the fragrances and fragrance ingredients sector.

The CMA launched its investigation in March 2022, so we are only at the very beginning of the UK competition regulator and watchdog looking into what may or may not have happened. The CMA has confirmed that it has reason to believe that such behaviour may be taking place, and they are also liaising with international partners in respect of the investigation.

If any breaches of the Competition Act are established, this would constitute a serious matter that will need to be dealt with, and the CMA may wish to issue fines and prosecutions.

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Unit pricing in the groceries sector: CMA project

First published by Author on April 12, 2023 in the following categories: Consumer Law Industry Investigations Latest Pricing and tagged with | | | | |

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The CMA has launched a project to look at the unit pricing in the grocery sector which, I think we can all agree, is a particularly important matter given the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.

The CMA has published its announcement in respect of the project recently, so we are very much in the early stages of this particular one. The matter also follows a previous Super Complaint in respect of the complexities and issues that could have been impeding the ability of consumers to make informed choices in respect of price comparison.

Read on for a little bit of information about this latest CMA project. I think we can all agree it is one to watch given that we are all feeling the pinch at the moment.

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Amazon marketplace investigation – CMA

First published by Author on March 01, 2023 in the following categories: Industry Investigations Latest Market Dominance Abuse and tagged with | | |

Amazon marketplace investigation

The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) is conducting an Amazon marketplace investigation to make sure that no competition laws are being breached.

We take a brief look at the information the CMA has provided so far as a pivotally important investigation that the competition regulator is conducting.

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Social media endorsements – CMA investigations

First published by Author on January 04, 2023 in the following categories: Advertising Consumer Law Digital Investigations Latest Selling Restrictions and tagged with | | | | |

For several years, the CMA has been investigating social media endorsements to make sure that vital competition and consumer laws in the UK and not being broken.

Given the prevalence of social media, particularly in respect of it being used for marketing and advertising these days, it is vital that people know when they are seeing advertisements and products and services being pushed for recompense by influences. There have been many questions as to whether it has been clear enough that people know they are being advertised to as opposed to simply being recommended a product, which is the real focus of the CMA investigation.

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Private healthcare market competition investigation

First published by Author on December 07, 2022 in the following categories: Consumer Law Healthcare Industry Investigations Latest Pricing and tagged with | | | | |

private healthcare market

The private healthcare market investigation that has been ongoing for over a decade is a matter that has seen a recent update published by the UK’s CMA, the Competition and Markets Authority.

Private healthcare is a particularly sensitive industry in relation to competition law, and it is one that must be monitored carefully to make sure that patients – i.e. consumers – can make the best choices for them. In this latest update from the CMA, it has been suggested that there is still much more work that needs to be done.

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