Joint Conduct

Coty judgment backs luxury manufacturers

Coty judgment backs luxury manufacturers

06 December 2017

The EU’s highest court has ruled that selective distribution systems that aim to preserve products’ luxury image do not violate European antitrust law by restricting third-party online platform sales, and confirmed that platform bans are not hardcore restrictions of competition.

Cyprus fines ExxonMobil and distributors for RPM

Cyprus fines ExxonMobil and distributors for RPM

28 November 2017

Cyprus’ competition authority has fined oil and gas company ExxonMobil and three of its distributors after finding the companies colluded to fix resale petrol prices.

Judge stops CMA from using undisclosed evidence to defend Concordia warrant

Judge stops CMA from using undisclosed evidence to defend Concordia warrant

16 November 2017

A high court judge has barred the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority from relying on redacted evidence when defending its warrant to search drugmaker Concordia.

Ukraine fines Sanofi-Aventis subsidiary for restrictive practices

Ukraine fines Sanofi-Aventis subsidiary for restrictive practices

15 November 2017

Ukraine’s antitrust watchdog has fined Sanofi-Aventis Ukraine and two of its distributors for a scheme that allegedly undercut generic drugs suppliers in public tenders.

UK enforcer: voluntary information requests no longer viable

UK enforcer: voluntary information requests no longer viable

09 November 2017

The head of enforcement for the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said “a few bad apples” have forced the agency to use more compulsory information requests.

Reviewing DG Comp’s recent investigative activity

Reviewing DG Comp’s recent investigative activity

09 November 2017

Cornerstone Research London head Peter Davis and principal Maria Maher analyse patterns in the numbers of recent European Commission antitrust investigations – the apparent drop in cartel probes and the current flurry of investigations following the e-commerce sector inquiry.

Concordia fights rare CMA search warrant

Concordia fights rare CMA search warrant

06 November 2017

Drugmaker Concordia is fighting a search warrant that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority obtained as part of the antitrust enforcer’s hydrocortisone pay-for-delay investigation.

DG Comp closes refrigerant probe but leaves door open

DG Comp closes refrigerant probe but leaves door open

25 October 2017

The European Commission has closed its investigation into complaints it received in 2011 concerning the joint venture between Honeywell and DuPont for the production of a chemical for air conditioning cars, but is still assessing a new complaint.

CMA launches price comparison investigation off the back of market study

CMA launches price comparison investigation off the back of market study

26 September 2017

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has highlighted possible improvements to boost competition in the price comparison website sector, and launched an enforcement investigation of an operator’s exclusivity agreements with home insurance providers.

ECJ should uphold Italian enforcer on Roche/Novartis, AG says

21 September 2017

Advocate-General Henrik Øe has urged the European Court of Justice to rule in favour of a decision to fine Roche and Novartis for colluding to induce consumers to use a more expensive drug rather than a cheaper off-label alternative, and to confirm the Italian competition enforcer's finding of a by-object restriction of competition.