Unilateral Conduct

ENI under investigation yet again

Premium 01 May 2005

Once again the IAA is dealing with an alleged exclusionary abuse by a dominant company, vertically integrated and active in the entire gas chain (supply, international and national transport, storage, wholesale supply, retail sale) and possessing many means of influencing the Italian gas market structure. Peculiar to this case is the fact that whilst the abusive conduct has been committed outside the EU territory (in the upstream market for the international transport of natural gas in Algeria), its alleged object and alleged effects were to preserve the dominant position of ENI in the downstream Italian market for wholesale supply of natural gas.

First decision on marketing support by a dominant supplier

Premium 01 May 2005

The Competition Council has released a decision on the use of marketing support by Danish dairy company, Arla Foods.

Israel: Antitrust Authority intends to prosecute for abuse of dominant position

Premium 01 April 2005

The Israeli Antitrust Authority announced that it intends to prosecute the Israeli chocolate monopoly and some of its superior officers for the abuse of dominant position, following the penetration of Cadbury into the Israeli market. Under the Israeli Restrictive Trade Practices Law, such behaviour is a criminal offence, and the decision has raised a debate on whether abuse of dominant position should be a criminal offence under the Law. D Ziv Abramovich Epstein Chomsky & Co Tel Aviv

Matter of the Year 2005

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David Samuels introduces GCR's first ever Matter of the Year award. Additional reporting by Emily Bendell and James Clasper

In-House Council: Stephen Donovan

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COMPANY: Lucent Technologies IncTITLE: Corporate counselPREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT: 1992-95: trial attorney with the Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice; 1995-98: associate with Foley & Lardner in Washington, DC; 1998 to present: Lucent Technologies Inc

Antitrust group defects to Dechert

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Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman has seen eight members of its antitrust practice group defect to Dechert LLP in Washington DC.

FTC wants merger unwound

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The US Federal Trade Commission has ordered Chicago Bridge & Iron Co to undo a deal completed three years ago.

What scope is there for modernisation?

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Last autumn a seminar was held in Brussels on the reform of the enforcement of Article 82 EC by the European Commission. This event was sponsored by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the University of Nyenrode and Global Competition Review. ANTONIO CAPOBIANCO, of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP reports

Israel - Antitrust commissioner did not block any mergers in 2004

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The Israeli Antitrust Authority has reported that the antitrust commissioner did not block any mergers in 2004. Ninety per cent of the applications were approved within the 30-day period set down in the Israeli Restrictive Trade Practices Law, compared with 79 per cent in 2003.D Ziv AbramovichEpstein Chomsky & CoTel Aviv

Amex sues Visa and MasterCard

Premium 01 January 2005

A stellar list of partners from Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Arnold & Porter LLP and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP are set to do battle as Amex challenges its rivals in court.