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EU Court Says Loyalty Discounts Betray Competition: Ruling Underlines U.S. Differences

Intel's use of loyalty discounts and rebates to computer manufacturers and other actions directed at competitor Advanced Micro Devices violated EU competition law, according to the European Union's (EU) General Court. The...more

The General Court's Intel Decision—"Back to the Seventies"

On June 12, 2014, the General Court in Luxembourg upheld the European Commission's 2009 (record) fine of €1.06 billion against Intel for abusing its dominant position in the market for x86 CPU microprocessors by offering...more

"Intel Loses Appeal Against European Antitrust Fine"

In a long-awaited judgment issued on June 12, 2014, the General Court upheld in its entirety the European Commission’s May 13, 2009, decision imposing a fine of €1.06 billion ($1.5 billion) on Intel for abusing a dominant...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Consumer Protection - Enforcement - People - Hearings - Excerpt from Derivatives: ESMA...more

Reverse payment deals under the microscope in the EU

Lessons from the latest Commission decision on agreements affecting generic entry: - The European Commission’s crack down on so-called “reverse payment” agreements continues. - In the EU these agreements may...more

European Commission Imposes EUR 1.71 Billion Fine for Participating in Illegal Cartels

On December 4, the European Commission announced that it had fined eight international banks a total of more than 1.7 billion for their participation in illegal cartels in markets for financial derivatives covering the...more

Updated Oral Statement Guidance for Leniency Applicants

On 8 October 2013, the European Commission (Commission) issued updated guidance for companies that make oral statements when cooperating with the Commission in a cartel investigation....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

New German Cartel Fine Guidelines

The German Federal Cartel Office has just published new Guidelines on the Setting of Fines for antitrust law infringements. With these guidelines, the German Federal Cartel Office departs from the method of setting fines...more

Stricter Anti-Money Laundering Controls on Tap for EU Banks and Financial Companies

Financial businesses operating in the European Union will need to consider implementing stricter anti-money-laundering and anti-terrorism-financing controls or face a potential fine of up to 10 percent of their annual...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: Twenty Million Euro: The Price for Merging Without European Commission Approval by Suzanne Rab

The European Union’s second-highest court upheld a fine of EUR 20 million (approximately USD 26 million) against Electrabel (a division of GDF Suez) for early implementation of a merger without notifying and seeking prior...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: The Cost of Compliance – Breaking Seals in European Commission Investigations By Suzanne Rab

The Court of Justice of the EU (“Court of Justice”) has dismissed an appeal by the German energy company E.ON Energie AG (“E.ON”) against a lower court’s judgment upholding a European Commission (“Commission”) decision...more

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