Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

COVID-19 Price Gouging Cases in South Africa: Short-term Market Dynamics with Long-term Implications for Excessive Pricing Cases 

COVID-19 Price Gouging Cases in South Africa: Short-term Market Dynamics with Long-term Implications for Excessive Pricing Cases 

 
  • In July 2020, the South African Competition Tribunal handed down two decisions in relation to contested ‘price gouging complaints’ namely, Dis-Chem and Babelegi.

  • Despite being framed as excessive pricing cases under ‘anti-price gouging regulations’ published in March 2020, the price increases took place prior to the promulgation of the regulations and were ultimately assessed under the traditional ‘excessive pricing’ framework.

  • This paper explores both decisions and, in particular, the Tribunal’s approach to assessing ‘dominance’ in the context of a National Disaster and what these decisions mean for excessive pricing cases post Covid-19.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/antitrustprof_blog/2020/11/covid-19-price-gouging-cases-in-south-africa-short-term-market-dynamics-with-long-term-implications-.html

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