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Only 'full-function' joint ventures subject to EU merger control: C-248/16 Austria Asphalt v Bundeskartellanwalt

by DLA Piper on

On 7 September 2017 the EU Court of Justice ruled that the creation of a joint venture is subject to merger control only where the target company is 'full-function' - i.e. an autonomous economic entity. The Court clarified...more

Intel Ruling: General Court Failed to Examine All of Intel’s Arguments, Court of Justice Says

On September 6, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) quashed the 2014 judgment of the General Court (GC) that upheld a fine of €1.06 billion ($1.5 billion) on Intel Corporation Inc. (Intel) for abusing a...more

EU Court Orders New Assessment of Intel's Rebates

by Dechert LLP on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has quashed a ruling by the EU’s General Court which had upheld the European Commission’s (EC) 2009 finding of abuse of dominance by Intel Corporation Inc. Intel was fined...more

New era dawning in EU competition law? CJEU endorses an effects-based assessment of rebates and sets aside lower court’s judgment...

by White & Case LLP on

Intel and the effects-based approach in EU competition law - On 6 September 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU" or "Court") essentially held in Intel1 that the European Commission ("Commission") cannot...more

The Intel Case – Facts do matter!

by Dentons on

Companies commonly use rebates to maximise sales. From a competition law perspective, such rebate schemes are ordinarily unproblematic. However, dominant companies may apply rebates in a way that distorts competition, in...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: August

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 July 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had opened three investigations against companies which have allegedly breached the European Union (“EU”) merger procedural rules. Two of the cases...more

Selective Distribution in the French Judicial Spotlight Again

by Bryan Cave on

French cosmetics company Caudalie had previously made headlines in a case decided on February 2nd 2016. In that case, Caudalie had applied for an injunction against an online marketplace to compel it to cease selling Caudalie...more

Advocate General Wahl Delivers Opinion on Legality of Bans on Online Sales via Third-Party Platforms in Selective Distribution...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

According to Advocate General Nils Wahl’s opinion, delivered on July 26, in the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) case Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH (case C-230/16), suppliers of luxury goods may...more

EU Retail News - July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 18 July 2017, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") published a new report which calls for an end to gender stereotyping in advertising. The report comes at the end of an investigation into this issue, during...more

Selective distribution systems: AG Wahl advises to allow a ban on sales via online marketplaces

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In his opinion in Coty, Advocate General ("AG") Wahl invites the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") to rule that a manufacturer operating a selective distribution system is, under certain conditions, allowed to prohibit its...more

EU & Competition Law Update – July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 14 June 2017, the EU Commission announced that it was opening an investigation into Sanrio, owner of the Hello Kitty brand. Sanrio have been accused by the Commission of an infringement of Article 101 TFEU, the prohibition...more

Procurement Pulse - June 2017

by DLA Piper on

Procurement legislation provides certain guidance on how to run an impartial procurement process - including minimum time limits for submitting expressions of interest or bid documentation, prescribed criteria for selecting...more

European Commission Sets its Sights on Allegedly Excessive Drug Prices

by Jones Day on

In the European Union, Big Pharma has been operating with a target on its back for the best part of the last decade. Following its 2008 sector inquiry into the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission vowed to clamp down on...more

Is the Commission Starting to Take a Tough Stance on the Enforcement of Merger Procedure?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

When a transaction meets the thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation, companies must notify and obtain clearance from the European Commission before implementing the transaction.[1] This means that until clearance is obtained,...more

European Commission Publishes E-commerce Sector Inquiry Final Report: 4 Key Takeaways

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The final report indicates future enforcement trends related to vertical restraints, pricing and big data. On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (Commission) published its final report on the E-commerce Sector Inquiry...more

State aid: the former French financial support mechanism for solar radiative energy at risk

by White & Case LLP on

By an order dated 15 March 20171, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rules on the compatibility with the European State aid rules of the Ministerial Orders of 10 July 2006 and of 12 January 2010 setting out the feed-in...more

EU Competition Newsletter - March 2017

by Bryan Cave on

What Future for EU Public Procurement Law in the UK After Brexit? Those aficionados of the silver screen will remember comedians Laurel and Hardy and in particular their catchphrase 'Well here's another nice mess you've...more

Article 50 Has Been Triggered by the UK: What’s Next?

by K&L Gates LLP on

As anticipated, on this day, March 29th, 2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May has taken the historical step of formally notifying the European Council of the United Kingdom (UK)’s intention to withdraw from the European...more

“Final warning” on Air pollution from the European Commission

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 15 February 2017, the European Commission (the Commission) sent final warnings (a Reasoned Opinion) to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom for failing to comply with the air pollution limits for nitrogen...more

Claimants' Guide to Antitrust Competition Litigation in EU

by Bryan Cave on

Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of private competition claims in the European Union. The Claimants' guide to Antitrust/Competition Litigation in the European Union provides an overview of the...more

EU Competition Newsletter – February 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Portugal Asks European Court to Determine the Criteria Required for Discriminatory Pricing to Be an Abuse Under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Portuguese Court has asked the...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

EU Commission Gets Serious About Geo-Blocking

by Bryan Cave on

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

Italian Constitutional Court Backs Feed-in Tariff Cuts – What's Next?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 24 January 2017, the Italian Constitutional Court published decision no. 16/2017 confirming the constitutional legitimacy of the so-called spalma incentivi law, which reduced the feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic plants...more

BMW reverses its policy on internet selling restrictions for dealers following CMA action

by Bryan Cave on

In 2016, Carwow a new car portal, which introduces customers to dealers for the purchase of cars, complained to the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) that BMW UK was prohibiting its dealers from listing their new BMW...more

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