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Proposed Legislation Could Extend Geoblocking Restrictions to Traders’ Unilateral Conduct

On 28 November, the Council of the EU (‘Council’) reached an agreement (‘Common Position’) on the draft Regulation intended to ban “unjustified” geo-blocking and other discriminatory practices that prevent end user customers...more

A view from Brussels: Margrethe Vestager - half-way through her mandate

Margrethe Vestager has now been in office as European Commissioner for Competition for two years, and is effectively at the half-way point in her mandate. This is an appropriate time to evaluate her record so far and to...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – December 2016

On 8 November 2016, the “Autorité de la concurrence” (French competition authority) provided a stark warning about the dangers of early implementation of a transaction prior to merger control clearance. This is one type of...more

UK Competition Authority Warns Online Sellers about Unlawful Pricing

In the lead up to “Black Friday”, one of the busiest times of the year for online sales, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a campaign to remind online sellers of products that discussing and...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – November 2016

Watch the Treatment of Switzerland in Distribution Agreements - On 29 September 2016, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) handed down a judgment impacting any distribution agreement which could touch...more

European Commission’s Preliminary Report in the E-Commerce Sector Inquiry: Highlighting Risk Areas for Suppliers of Branded Goods

In September, the European Commission published its much-awaited Preliminary Report in the e-Commerce Sector Inquiry, launched last May 2015. Although the primary focus of the Commission’s Inquiry is on restrictions limiting...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – October 2016

Stand-Alone Refusal to Supply Claim Launched in UK Court - Competition law litigation continues to develop rapidly in the UK. Companies should be aware that this can be a useful commercial weapon against competitors...more

European Commission Challenges Sports Governing Body’s Non-Compete Rules

The European Commission (“Commission”) this week sent a statement of objections to the International Skating Union (“ISU”) alleging that its rules, which impose severe penalties on skaters who participate in events not...more

General Court Confirms that the Commission May Rely on Lawfully Seized Recordings Even if Made Unlawfully by a Third Party

On 8 September 2016 the General Court (“GC”) dismissed Heiploeg’s appeal against the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision in Shrimps (AT.39633) and confirmed that the Commission may rely on recordings seized lawfully...more

A New European Electronic Communications Code… And Some Other Changes

On September 14 the European Commission (EC) unveiled a series of measures of different legal nature, which together represent a very important and long-term effort to review the European telecommunications policy and legal...more

The European Commission extends its settlement procedure to abuse of dominance cases under Article 102 TFEU

The European Commission extends its settlement procedure to abuse of dominance cases under Article 102 TFEU — fine imposed on Altstoff Recycling Austria reduced by 30% in exchange for its co-operation with the Commission...more

E-Commerce: The European Commission Completes Its Preliminary Report on the E-Commerce Sector Inquiry

In May 2015, the European Commission (the Commission) launched a sector inquiry in the field of e-commerce in the context of its Digital Single Market strategy. Its aim was to obtain an overview of prevailing market trends,...more

2016 Mid-Year Global Cartel Enforcement Report

Cartel enforcement activity promises to remain busy In the coming months and into 2017 Cartel enforcement remains a priority for competition authorities around the world. Global cartel fines totaled more than $6...more

The Digital Single Market Strategy: One Year On

In May 2015, the European Commission announced its Digital Single Market Strategy to accelerate the creation of a digital single market (DSM) across the EU. The EU’s aim is to broaden access to e-commerce, media and...more

Implementation of the Damages Directive: The Changing Landscape of EU Competition Law

Somewhat overshadowed by media attention surrounding the repercussions of the Brexit vote and subsequent impact on the United Kingdom’s laws and economy, the landscape of Europe’s competition law regime is undergoing a...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2016

United States: January – June Update - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) have been actively challenging mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2016. In some instances, the...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

Competition/Antitrust Law and Brexit: Immediate Practical Points for Business

Brexit will impact competition (or antitrust) law in the UK. There will likely be material changes in procedural law in particular. Changes to substantive law will probably be less significant, at least for most companies,...more

Claims for cartel damages limited by the UK High Court

On 23 May 2016, the Chancery Division of the UK High Court of Justice handed down judgment in the case Iiyama Benelux BV and others v Schott AG and others [2016] (“the Iiyama case”) and held that claims for cartel damages...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – June 2016

Resale Price Maintenance is Just as Bad Online - Two recent UK cases have demonstrated once again that any form of resale price maintenance (RPM) in relation to online sales will be treated just as harshly as RPM...more

European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals

The Commission’s proposals aim to drive cross-border e-commerce in the EU and level the regulatory field across audiovisual media services and online platforms. On 25 May 2016 the European Commission (Commission)...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – May 2016

Third UK Fast-Track Claim Shows Rapid Development of Competition Law Private Claims as a Business Tool - On 12 April 2016, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) listed (see here) its third fast-track competition law...more

The beginning of the end for national TV boundaries?

On 22 April 2016, the European Commission (“EC”) invited industry comment on the commitments proposed by Paramount Pictures International Limited (“Paramount”) in response to concerns raised by the EC. The EC’s concerns were...more

Alert: EU Sector Inquiry Highlights Online 'Geo-Blocking' – Future Enforcement Action Likely

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published an issues paper presenting its initial findings on "geo-blocking", as part of its wide-ranging inquiry into competition in the EU e-commerce sector. This sector...more

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

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