Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Conserve Italia for participation in canned vegetables cartel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has informed Conserve Italia Soc. coop. Agricola and its subsidiary Conserves France SA (together referred to as Conserve Italia) of its preliminary view that they have breached EU antitrust rules by colluding to distort competition in the market for canned vegetables […]

Antitrust: Commission fines car parts suppliers of € 18 million in cartel settlement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of € 18 million for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars in the European Economic Area (EEA). Magna was not fined as it revealed both cartels to the […]

Antitrust: Commission adopts guidance for national courts when handling disclosure of confidential information

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the protection of confidential information by national courts in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law. This follows a targeted public consultation that the Commission launched on 29 July 2019 inviting comments from stakeholders […]

Antitrust: Commission launches sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the sector of Internet of Things (IoT) for consumer-related products and services in the European Union. The sector inquiry will focus on consumer-related products and services that are connected to a network and can […]

Antitrust: Aspen proposes 73% price reduction for six off-patent cancer medicines to remove Commission’s excessive pricing concerns

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments from all interested parties on commitments submitted by Aspen to address the Commission’s concerns over excessive pricing as regards six off-patent cancer medicines. Aspen proposes to reduce its prices in Europe for these medicines by 73% on average. In […]

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on a possible new competition tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today an inception impact assessment as well as an open public consultation inviting comments on exploring the need for a possible new competition tool that would allow addressing structural competition problems in a timely and effective manner. Stakeholders can […]

Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Broadcom concerning TV set-top box and modem chipset markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Broadcom to address competition concerns in relation to Broadcom’s conduct in various TV set-top box and modem chipset markets. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “TV set-top boxes […]

Antitrust: Commission provides guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses, especially for critical hospital medicines during the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published a Temporary Framework Communication to provide antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent situations related to the current coronavirus outbreak. In this context, the Commission is also issuing a “comfort letter” concerning a specific cooperation project aimed […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes study on the application of Interchange Fees Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published a study on the application of the Interchange Fees Regulation (“IFR”) for card-based payment transactions. The study, which was commissioned by the Commission to an external contractor, finds that the main objectives of the Regulation have been achieved, as […]

Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Transgaz to facilitate natural gas exports from Romania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has made commitments offered by Transgaz legally binding under EU antitrust rules. The company will make available to the market significant firm capacities for natural gas exports from Romania to neighbouring Member States, in particular Hungary and Bulgaria. Executive Vice-President Margrethe […]

Antitrust: Commission fines hotel group Meliá €6.7 million for discriminating between customers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Spanish hotel group Meliá €6 678 000 for including restrictive clauses in its agreements with tour operators. These clauses discriminate consumers within the European Economic Area (EEA) based on their place of residence, in breach of EU antitrust rules. […]

Antitrust: Commission imposes interim measures on Broadcom in TV and modem chipset markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has ordered Broadcom to stop applying certain provisions contained in agreements with six of its main customers. This will prevent serious and irreparable harm to competition likely to be caused by Broadcom’s conduct, which prima facie (at first sight) infringes EU […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to O2 CZ, CETIN and T-Mobile CZ for their network sharing agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has informed Czech operators of mobile telephony O2 CZ and T-Mobile CZ, as well as the Czech telecom infrastructure provider CETIN of its preliminary view that their network sharing agreement restricts competition in breach of EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in […]

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on guidance for national courts when handling disclosure information

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is inviting comments on a draft communication to assist national courts in dealing with requests to disclose confidential information in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law. Stakeholders can send their contributions until 18 October 2019. The Antitrust Damages Directive helps […]

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on guidance for national courts when handling disclosure information

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is inviting comments on a draft communication to assist national courts in dealing with requests to disclose confidential information in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law. Stakeholders can send their contributions until 18 October 2019. The Antitrust Damages Directive helps […]

Antitrust: Commission fines US chipmaker Qualcomm €242 million for engaging in predatory pricing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €242 million for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets. Qualcomm sold below cost, with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “European consumers are increasingly shopping […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Sanrio €6.2 million for restricting cross-border sales of merchandising products featuring Hello Kitty characters

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Sanrio €6.2 million for banning traders from selling licensed merchandise to other countries within the EEA. This restriction concerned products featuring Hello Kitty or other characters owned by Sanrio. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said:“Today’s decision confirms […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into Broadcom and sends Statement of Objections seeking to impose interim measures in TV and modem chipsets markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Broadcom may be restricting competition through exclusivity practices, in breach of EU rules. The Commission intends to impose interim measures during the investigation with regard to TV and modem chipsets markets. Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search. Google must now bring the conduct effectively […]

Parlamentarians to “break up” with reality in the Google antitrust case

How many years can an antitrust case endure in the EU? It certainly depends on many factors but in the case of Google 4 is the minimum. This is because the topic of a ‘digital monopoly’ of a search engine is so refined and sophisticated that for the majority of EU stakeholders it is “terra incognita”. Also […]

Google’s hot summer never ends: EC to launch ANOTHER antitrust inquiry against the American giant

We must admit it: this is not exactly a quiet summer for Google. Not in the Old Continent at least. After the “Right To Be Forgotten” case has disturbed Google’s top management’s sleep recently, a new dark cloud may come soon. According to Reuters, the Mountain View, California-based company may soon face a new probe […]