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Member States cannot impose uniform retail prices for prescription-only medicinal products, highest EU Court says

EU law precludes national legislation setting fixed retail prices for prescription medicinal products, as it unreasonably restricts imports - On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling concluding...more

Highest EU court strikes down vague and ambiguous information requests

Statement of reasons was excessively vague in light of the extent of information requested and the advanced investigation stage. Introduction - On 10 March 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a landmark...more

Global merger control: Charting a route to port

As investors scour the world for growth, regulators are placing cross-border deals under ever greater scrutiny, and a new regulatory world order is emerging. Understanding it is essential. Merger control: Getting your...more

European merger control: Well-oiled machine or spluttering engine?

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager was in a celebratory mood when she addressed an audience in Brussels in March 2015 as the EU merger control body celebrated its 25th anniversary: "There is reason to celebrate because the...more

EU Competition Commissioner proposes a competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector

On 26 March 2015, the European Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, announced a potential competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector. According to the Commission, the proposed inquiry is aimed...more

Recidivism revisited

Court of Justice holds parent companies may be fined for repeat infringements even without being an addressee of the earlier decisions - On 5 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (CoJ) handed down its judgment in...more

German decision on collective redress

Cartel Damage Claims, a Belgian SPV for the collection of follow-on damages in antitrust litigation, has lost an appeal against six members of the so-called German cement cartel. On 18 February 2015, the Higher Regional Court...more

A reminder of antitrust risks for private equity firms

In two decisions adopted in November 2014 but only recently published, the Dutch competition authority (ACM) fined three private equity firms for the involvement of one of their former portfolio companies in the so-called...more

MOFCOM Shows Teeth Against Gun Jumping

On 20 March 2014, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“MOFCOM”) issued a notice announcing that it will make public decisions sanctioning companies failing to notify mergers that meet the filing...more

Patent Settlements as an endangered species: DG Comp’s latest Monitoring Exercise on Patent Settlements in Europe

Executive Summary - On 9 December 2013, DG Comp published its fourth report on the monitoring in Europe of patent settlements. Like its predecessors, the report welcomes the continuously low level of settlements that...more

The Commission simplifies its procedures for most mergers, but demands extra information for the rest

Summary - On 5 December 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) reformed its merger procedures. The new rules will apply as of 1 January 2014. The reforms will impact the standard procedure (Form CO), the...more

Giving Teeth To The General Court’s Unlimited Jurisdiction To Review Competition Law Fines: Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion In...

The level of fines imposed by the European Commission in competition cases has attracted controversy for more than ten years. The often deferential approach of the European courts to hearing appeals has also been criticised,...more

European Commission adopts a package on private damages actions in antitrust cases

On 11 June 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted a proposal for a directive on how citizens and companies can bring damages claims under EU antitrust rules. According to the Commission, the proposal serves to...more

ECJ dismisses Spanish and Italian challenge to EU-wide unitary patent system, but obstacles remain

Summary - On 16 April 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down its judgment in Joined Cases C-274/11 and 295/11 in which it dismissed the challenges brought by Spain and Italy to the other...more

A further (small) step forward towards an EU-wide unitary patent system

On 11 December 2012, Advocate General Bot gave his Opinion on Joined Cases C- 274/11 and 295/11, proposing that the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) dismiss the cases brought by Spain and Italy challenging the...more

12/20/2012  /  EU , Unified Patent Court , Unitary Patent

AstraZeneca v European Commission: Case C-457/10 P

Introduction - On 6 December 2012, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) upheld the judgment of the General Court (“GC”), which found that AstraZeneca (“AZ”) abused its dominant position on the market for proton pump...more

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