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Brussels Regulatory Brief: November

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently published statistics concerning the European Union (“EU”) merger control review process. Typically, the Commission examines larger mergers with an EU dimension, meaning that...more

High Court Ruling on Brexit

On November 3, 2016 the UK High Court handed down a ruling preventing the UK government from triggering Article 50 TFEU – the EU legislation triggering the start of the administrative procedure for the UK’s exit from the EU –...more

Brexit on Ice? Court Rules That Only UK Parliament Can Trigger Article 50

Earlier today, the High Court of Justice ruled that the U.K. government does not have the constitutional capacity to trigger the U.K.'s withdrawal from the European Union without further primary legislation being passed. This...more

EU Court of Justice Outlaws German Fixed Retail Pricing System for Prescription Medicines

On 19 October 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment on the compatibility of German legislation setting fixed prices for the sale of prescription-only medicinal products by pharmacies with EU rules...more

Asian supply chains and the territorial limits of EU competition law

A supply chain where goods, which were the subject of a cartel, were sold by the defendants in Asia and then indirectly resold to the claimants in the EEA did not amount to “implementation” of the cartel in the EEA and so...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

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

UK CMA Imposes Behavioural Commitments akin to a Structural Divestment: The Sci-fi Magazines Case

Divestments often constitute the most appropriate remedy to resolve antitrust concerns in the context of merger control. However, behavioural commitments may also have the same commercial effects as a divestment. This was...more

EU Court Confirms European Commission’s Decision on Pay-for-Delay Agreements

On 8 September 2016, the General Court of the European Union upheld the European Commission’s decision in which the antitrust regulator imposed fines of approximately EUR 150 million on Lundbeck and a number of generic...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 of the EU Confirms Fines Imposed on Lundbeck and Generic Drug Manufacturers for Entering into Patent Settlements

On 8 September 2016, the General Court of the EU (GCEU) handed down five judgments upholding a decision by the Commission of 19 June 2013 imposing fines on Lundbeck, an originator company, and Merck (the parent company of...more

European Commission Challenges Public Price Announcements by Shipping Liner Companies

On 7 July 2016, the European Commission adopted a decision accepting commitments by 14 shipping liner companies to change their practices concerning announcements of intended price increases for containerised shipping...more

Mixed Blessings – Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v MasterCard Incorporated and others [2016] CAT 11

This case is very important in that it is one of the first judgments where damages have been awarded for breach of competition rules in UK. It relates to MasterCard’s alleged anticompetitive card fees (credit and debit...more

State aid – the European Commission charges forward

This note provides an update on the EU state aid decisions and aims to put recent developments in context. We review the current state of the state aid investigations, provide some political context, touch on the US...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – August 2016

Antitrust Liability for the Actions of Third Parties - It is a long-established principle that a company can be liable for the anti-competitive behavior of a third party. Compliance programmes and training, as well...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

Alert: European Commission Closes Pay-TV Antitrust Investigation of Paramount Following Acceptance of Commitments

On 26 July, the European Commission (EC) announced that it was closing its antitrust investigation of Paramount Pictures, following its acceptance of binding commitments from Paramount not to enforce certain restrictions in...more

Brexit: Free Movement of Persons

Since the UK referendum on EU membership in June 2016, discussions have intensified on the UK’s relationship with the EU, with free movement of persons and immigration being two topics at or near the top of the agenda....more

Withholding Tax Contrary to EU Law: The Brisal Case

On 13 July, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) released its decision in the Brisal case (C-18/15). The Brisal case has potentially far reaching implications for European Union (EU) businesses that either...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

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

CJEU Confirms EU Competition Law Does Not Prevent Royalties for Revoked Patent Licences

On 7 July 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that, provided that a licensee is free to terminate a licence agreement on reasonable notice, it can be obliged to pay royalties even after the patent...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

Brexit roadmap: An overview on how the UK will leave the EU

Following the 23 June 2016 referendum in the United Kingdom, in which the British people voted to leave the European Union, and after its Prime Minister Cameron stepped down without invoking the UK's withdrawal from the EU,...more

EU Court Rules That Royalties for Unpatented Technology Are Not Necessarily Anticompetitive

On 7 July 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a judgment on whether Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) must be interpreted as precluding effect being...more

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