Unilateral Conduct

FTC and bar clash on section 5

FTC and bar clash on section 5

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"Vague language can lead to vague results," warned economist Dennis Carlton of Compass Lexecon at an ABA Spring Meeting panel on the US Federal Trade Commission's use of section 5 in unilateral conduct cases.

France fines utility over harmful press release

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France's Competition Authority has fined energy supplier Gaz et Electricité de Grenoble (GEG) €320,000 for abusing its dominance in the supply of electricity to small businesses by publishing a defamatory press release about a competitor.

Fourth Circuit dismisses price maintenance suit

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A US appeals court has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit claiming that a resale price agreement between pesticide manufacturers and their distribution agents should be reviewed under antitrust law.

Norway loses landmark dominance case

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Norway's Competition Authority has failed in its attempt to fine the country's largest dairy, Tine, 45 million kroner (€5.6 million) for abusing its dominance in Norway's cheese market.

Berlusconi defends Eni

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has leapt to the defence of Eni, after the European Commission announced it was investigating Italy's largest oil producer for allegedly restrictive business practices.

Eni faces antitrust charges

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The European Commission has sent a statement of objections to Eni, Italy's largest oil producer, accusing it of abusing its dominant position.

ACCC takes Telstra to court

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken its case against telecom incumbent Telstra to the Melbourne federal court over the company's alleged failure to allow competitors access to infrastructure.

DG Comp accepts RWE divestment offer

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The European Commission has accepted RWE's offer to divest its natural gas transmission network in order to settle an investigation of the German utility's suspected abuse of dominance.

Opera responds to Microsoft's Explorer remedies

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The head of internet browser Opera has said Microsoft Corp's ‘off switch' solution to a European Commission statement of objections against tying its web browser and operating system isn't enough.

Spain settles price fixing charges with collective agreements

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Spain's National Competition Commission (CNC) has settled price-fixing charges relating to two collective labour agreements in private security services and call centre sectors. The commission dropped the charges against industry associations and trade unions after they offered to cease the agreement.