Joint Conduct

Norway fines joint sludge bid

Norway fines joint sludge bid

21 October 2016

Norway’s Competition Authority has fined two construction companies for collusive bidding after they submitted a joint bid for a contract to manage a wastewater byproduct for which they were the only candidates.

Servier granted additional defences in pay-for-delay follow-on

Servier granted additional defences in pay-for-delay follow-on

05 October 2016

Laboratoires Servier will be allowed to argue at trial that the UK’s health ministry failed to take reasonable steps to encourage switching from a drug that was allegedly affected by a pay-for-delay scheme, an English judge ruled yesterday.

France fines modelling agencies

France fines modelling agencies

30 September 2016

France’s Competition Authority has ordered 37 modelling agencies and a trade association to pay €2 million in fines, after the companies agreed minimum fees to be paid to models and modelling agents.

DG Comp turns up heat on ice skating union

DG Comp turns up heat on ice skating union

27 September 2016

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition today opened a formal investigation of International Skating Union rules that impose penalties on athletes that participate in unauthorised events.

General Court backs DG Comp on pay-for-delay

General Court backs DG Comp on pay-for-delay

08 September 2016

The EU’s General Court today dismissed challenges to fines imposed on Lundbeck and several generic drugmakers for agreeing to delay the market entry of rivals to the antidepressant citalopram, prompting strong criticism from some competition specialists.

ACCC refuses to bless real estate advertising group boycott

ACCC refuses to bless real estate advertising group boycott

26 August 2016

Australia’s competition watchdog yesterday indicated that it would deny authorisation for a group of estate agents to negotiate collectively with dominant online and print advertising suppliers.

ACCC declines interim approval of potential Apple Pay boycott

ACCC declines interim approval of potential Apple Pay boycott

19 August 2016

Australia’s competition authority today said it needs more time to review an application by four banks that seek authorisation to collectively negotiate with Apple, as part of an attempt to force the technology company to host their online payment systems apps on its devices.

DG Comp approves Paramount commitments

DG Comp approves Paramount commitments

26 July 2016

The European Commission has accepted commitments from Paramount to end a probe into potentially anticompetitive movie licensing contracts, but confirmed it continues to investigate five other US movie studios and telecommunications company Sky UK.

Israel refuses antitrust exemption to medical association

Israel refuses antitrust exemption to medical association

14 July 2016

In a rare move, the head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority has blocked an exemption that would have allowed an association of physicians to represent its members in collective negotiations with insurance companies.  

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

Huawei SEP ruling “essentially undemocratic”, UK barrister says

12 July 2016

Discussing the European Court of Justice’s decision on injunctive relief available to standard-essential patent holders, Robert O’Donoghue at Brick Court Chambers called the court-imposed procedural obligations in patent negotiations rigid, undemocratic and out of tune with “real world” SEP litigation. Sonya Lalli at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture