Antitrust, Competition & EU Law: Competition & EC Law Update - May 2010

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In This Issue:

UK

OFT

• OFT withdraws criminal proceedings against current and former BA executives

• OFT decides that Project Canvas falls outside UK merger control jurisdiction

• OFT publishes decision that Coca-Cola increased shareholding in Fresh Trading does not give rise to relevant merger situation

• OFT and Competition Commission consultation on good practice in consumer surveys in merger inquiries

• OFT invitation to comment on possible water merger

• OFT publishes decision clearing acquisition of Titan by JC Decaux

• OFT announces stock-take of infrastructure ownership and control

• OFT launches market study into outdoor advertising

• OFT publishes views on online targeted advertising

• OFT market study on advertising of prices

• OFT launches review of barriers to entry, expansion and exit in retail banking

• Speech by Philip Collins on UK competition and consumer regimes

Competition Commission

• CC publishes final decision on ITV’s CRR Undertakings

• Competition Commission publishes final decision in Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger

• CC publishes paper on the use of counterfactuals in merger inquiries

• CC publishes note on Heathrow consultation protocol

• Speech by Peter Freeman, Chairman of CC, on investigation of the banks

Competition Appeal Tribunal

• CAT judgment in Stagecoach appeal

Court of Appeal

• Court of Appeal ruling on requirement of dishonesty in criminal cartel offence

Other

• Government decides to repeal Land Agreements Exclusion Order

• Coalition and implications for competition law

• Ofcom extends deadline for responses to consultation on Airtime

Sales Rules

• Ofgem announces new policy on network mergers

EU

Antitrust

• Commission fines DRAM producers €331 million for price cartel – first settlement in a cartel case

• Commission confirms dawn raids in the sector of stretch film for agricultural use

• Commission opens proceedings against Czech J&T Group for obstruction during inspection

• Commission consults on commitments offered by Visa Europe

• Commission accepts binding commitments from E.ON to open up German gas market to competitors

• Commission publishes summary of decision to accept commitments from EDF in relation to long-term contracts

State Aid

• General Court ruling in appeal against France Telecom aid decision

• Commission requests France to comply with Court judgment on recovery of incompatible tax exemptions for takeover of ailing companies

• Commission publishes latest overview of national state aid measures adopted in response to the economic crisis

• Commission publishes working document on phasing out bank guarantees Mergers

• Commission approves acquisition of animal health assets of Pfizer by Eli Lilly

• OECD publishes paper on the tests for the assessment of mergers Public procurement

• ECJ ruling on right to bring actions against public procurement procedures

Other

• Commission consultation on draft revised Research and Development block exemption, Specialisation block exemption and Horizontal Co operation Agreements Guidelines

• New guidelines on vertical restraints published in Official Journal

• Commission adopts new motor vehicle block exemption regulation and accompanying guidelines

•Speech by Commissioner Almunia on the challenges for EU competition policy

• Speech by Alexander Italianer on current priorities for competition policy

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