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EU Competition Newsletter - April 2017

The Brexit referendum result in June last year created many uncertainties for the British economy and continues to do so. In this Breakfast Seminar, Robert Bell will focus his remarks on what he sees will be the likely...more

EU Concerns Remain on Hotel Prices and Commission Rates

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

EU Retail News - March 2017

From April 2017, the following legal changes are coming into effect. Make sure your business is prepared! Part of this publication originally published by Drapers - March, 2017...more

Retailers - can you be liable for cartel behaviour for using pricing software and algorithms?

A key issue regulators are grappling with is what antitrust liability can attach to retailers who use price matching software or other algorithms to match competitors’ online prices? In a speech made on 16 March 2017,...more

Snitches get……massive cash rewards

On Monday 20 March 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced a campaign to encourage whistle-blowers to come forward and expose cartels. The campaign is going to target social media and key websites. ...more

Distribution Problems for US Companies in Europe and How To Avoid Them

Many US (and EU) companies operate in Europe with pricing and distribution policies which may breach EU competition rules. EU regulators are taking an increasingly tough line on pricing and online market place access. Robert...more

EU Retail News - February 2017

When Can You and When Should You Use Your Own Name for Your Brand? It is a common misconception that we are all entitled to create brands under our own names. It is also a misapprehension that it is always a good idea —...more

EU Commission Gets Serious About Geo-Blocking

On 2 February 2017, the EU Commission simultaneously launched three investigations into the e-commerce sector. What is significant about this latest development is that it shows that e-commerce is a clear priority area in...more

January EU Retail News

Brands Expanding Internationally Should Embrace Competition-Conscious Luxury Goods Licences - The licensing of luxury goods in Europe, where a supplier sells goods to a certain approved distributor to sell on its...more

UK Supreme Court declares Government must pass Act of Parliament to trigger the process of leaving the European Union

The UK Supreme Court (the “Court”) in its most important and far reaching judgment to date decided that the UK Government has to seek the approval of the UK Parliament before issuing an Article 50 notice to begin the process...more

UK to leave EU Single Market!

On 17 January 2017, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, gave a historic speech regarding Brexit and the UK’s negotiating position. For the first time since the Brexit vote in June 2016, the UK Government has officially...more

UK Competition Regulator Targets Big Pharma Over Excessive Pricing

Compare and contrast the current excessive pricing debates occurring in the US with those in the UK. In both markets, pharmaceutical firms are being berated for double, triple and even quadruple digit rises in the prices of...more

European Commission short-circuits battery cartel with €166 million fine

On 12 December the European Commission imposed a total fine of 166 million euros against 3 rechargeable battery producers for infringing competition law in the distribution of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the most...more

Price fixing not justified to protect pharmacies in rural areas

On 19 October 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued an important judgment concerning the German law on fixing prices of retail prescription drugs. In the case before the Higher Regional Court of...more

10/26/2016  /  CJEU , EU , Germany , Prescription Drugs , Price-Fixing , TFEU

EU Competition Newsletter – October 2016

'Great Repeal Bill' more likely to be 'Great Preservation Bill' - After what seemed like an eternity, but in reality has only been a few months, the Prime Minister announced on 2 October 2016 that Article 50 of the...more

‘Great Repeal Bill’ More Likely to be ‘Great Preservation Bill’

After what seemed like an eternity, but in reality has only been a few months, the Prime Minister announced on 2 October 2016 that Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union would be triggered in March 2017, starting a...more

New CMA Measures to Boost Transparency & Competition in Retail Banking

On 9 August 2016, following their retail banking market investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) concluded that large banks well established in the personal and small business retail market do not have to...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2016

EU: Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Hotel Booking Continues - The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As...more

A right in Germany to sell through online marketplaces?

On 18 July 2016, Germany moved another step closer to enshrining a right for distributors in selective distribution systems to sell over online marketplaces. This is not sudden move by the German courts, in fact we have...more

Regulatory scrutiny of online hotel booking continues

The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As part of a joint monitoring project with the European Commission,...more

EU Retail News - July 2016

BREXIT – THE NEXT STEPS - Despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the European Union in exactly the same way as they have done in the past –...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2016

BREXIT – BUSINESS AS USUAL...AT LEAST FOR NOW - What do you need to know? Despite the UK's vote to leave the European Union ("EU"), companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the EU in...more

CMA Orders Greater Transparency Over Car Rental Prices

Car rental sales in the United Kingdom amount to an estimated £1.2 billion industry. However attempting to rent a car normally means surfing through various price comparison websites in search of a easily understandable and...more

CMA publishes guidance to help detect bid-rigging

On 20th June 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) released an open-letter offering advice to public authorities to help spot anti-competitive activity during a tender process. This is known as bid-rigging....more

Collusion on the catwalk: have the UK’s top modelling agencies breached competition law?

On the 25th May 2016, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) issued a statement of objections to five of Britain’s most prestigious modelling agencies alleging an infringement of Chapter I of the Competition Act...more

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