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Unilever argues Italian enforcer used wrong legal basis to punish ice-cream dominance abuse

By Nicholas Hirst
  • 03 Mar 2022 17:56
  • 03 Mar 2022 17:56
Unilever has criticized the "ridiculous" approach taken by Italy's antitrust watchdog when holding the consumer goods giant liable for distributors of its ice creams forbidding vendors from selling rival ice lollies.

Treating Unilever and its distributors as one "turns competition law upside down," Christopher Thomas, a lawyer for the company, told the

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Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent

Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

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