Marjorie C. Holmes

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European Commission gives preliminary views on competition issues in e-commerce

On 15 September the European Commission published its Preliminary Report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry. The Commission has conducted a wide ranging survey of manufacturers, distributors and retailers, price comparison...more

9/29/2016 - Digital Goods E-Commerce EU European Commission Manufacturers Resale Pricing Wholesale

European Commission moves to restrict geoblocking

On 25 May 2016 the European Commission published draft legislation aimed at restricting the use of geoblocking and similar practices by websites selling to into the European Union. The European Commission has published a...more

6/14/2016 - Cross-Border Transactions E-Commerce EU European Commission Extraterritoriality Rules Geo-Blocking International Harmonization Proposed Legislation Terms and Conditions Websites

European Commission Publishes E-commerce Geo-Blocking Inquiry Findings

The European Commission (the executive of the EU) recently published the initial findings of its e-commerce inquiry, an investigative process conducted to determine whether and to what extent competition is being restricted...more

4/25/2016 - Competition Digital Single Market E-Commerce EU European Commission Exclusive Territory Geo-Blocking License Agreements

Retail closer than ever to competition authorities’ hearts

Following a number of European Commission sector inquiries (which included investigations into the energy, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors), the competition authorities at both European and national levels have...more

2/12/2016 - Competition Digital Single Market E-Commerce EU European Commission Price-Fixing Retailers UK UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

Consortia block exemption extended by a further five years

Following a public consultation held earlier this year, the EU Commission has announced the extension of the block exemption providing antitrust immunity to certain cooperative agreements between shipping lines until 2020....more

6/25/2014 - Antitrust Litigation EU European Commission Shipping

American Airlines & US Airways Merger – Opposite positions taken by US and EU competition authorities

Whereas the European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulations the proposed merger between US Airways Group and AMR Corporation, including its main subsidiary American Airlines, on 5 August 2013, the U.S....more

8/30/2013 - American Airlines Antitrust Litigation DOJ EU European Commission Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Mergers US Airways

European Commission blocks Ryanair’s proposed takeover of Aer Lingus for second time

The European Commission has prohibited Ryanair’s proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus, finding the remedies proposed by Ryanair insufficient to alleviate the substantial concerns about the merger’s impact on the market and the...more

3/11/2013 - EU European Commission Ryanair

€ 20M Euro fine for failing to notify JV shareholding change to EU merger authority

The General Court of the European Union (the "General Court") has upheld the substantial €20 million fine imposed by the European Commission (the "Commission") on Belgium's largest electricity supplier, Electrabel, for its...more

12/18/2012 - European Commission European Merger Control Regulation

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