Joint Conduct

DG Comp sends SO over code-sharing

DG Comp sends SO over code-sharing

27 October 2016

The European Union’s competition watchdog has sent formal charges to Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines and TAP Portugal after the airlines allegedly colluded to reduce the number of seats available on and align the prices of their Brussels to Lisbon flights.

EFTA investigates Norwegian financial services

EFTA investigates Norwegian financial services

27 October 2016

The European Free Trade Association’s Surveillance Authority yesterday launched a formal investigation of four Norwegian financial services institutions for allegedly blocking a new e-payment market entrant.  

Portuguese court upholds pharmacy margin squeeze decision

Portuguese court upholds pharmacy margin squeeze decision

21 October 2016

Portugal’s Competition, Regulation and Supervision Court has upheld a decision by the country’s competition enforcer to fine the national association of pharmacies for an abuse of dominance, but reduced the penalty by €3.4 million.

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

Premium 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

Premium 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

Premium 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.