State Aid

Germany differs from ECJ on state aid

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the discount in fees Ryanair received from Lübeck Blankensee airport did not amount to state aid; unlike the European Court of Justice, the German court held that the European Commission’s opening decisions do not have a binding effect on national courts.

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

DG Comp refers Spanish state aid to ECJ

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

Louisiana repeals rule in the face of FTC challenge

The governor of Louisiana has issued an executive order that effectively repeals a rule - dictating how much appraisal management companies pay real estate appraisers - that the Federal Trade Commission had challenged as anticompetitive.

Bass Pro/Cabela's: a case study of competitive retail mergers

On 3 July 2017, the Federal Trade Commission issued a no-action letter officially closing its investigation into the proposed merger of Bass Pro Group and Cabela's, two premier outdoor sporting goods retailers. O'Melveny & Myers's Ted Hassi and Lindsey Freeman were antitrust counsel to Bass Pro, and detail how the FTC's decision reflects a recent trend in antitrust enforcement agencies' approach to retail mergers.

Tax rulings and state aid: the bigger picture

The state aid investigations into EU member states’ tax rulings appear to be breaking new ground, as the union’s antitrust watchdog collaborates with its regulatory counterparts to push through policy reform. Tom Webb examines the investigation and what lies ahead.

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

Companies may have to face some uncertainty as the price of special tax treatment that “from a state aid point of view had gotten out of control”, the head of state aid at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said yesterday.

Almunia to stay the course on high fines

Joaquin Almunia, nominee for European competition commissioner, warned cartelists to expect no reprieve from high fines when he takes the helm at DG Comp.


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