Law: Article 101 TFEU

Commission must record interviews even before opening formal probes, ECJ rules

The EU’s highest court has annulled the European Commission’s dawn raids on supermarket chains Intermarché and Casino as the agency failed to record interviews it relied on as evidence to justify the searches before launching a formal probe.

09 March 2023

EU closes preliminary Coca-Cola probe

The European Commission has closed its preliminary investigation into whether Coca-Cola and two of its bottling subsidiaries granted a series of anticompetitive conditional rebates to retailers in several EU member states.

28 February 2023

EU accepts referral request to review Adobe/Figma

The European Commission has agreed to probe Adobe’s $20 billion acquisition of web design platform Figma, after Germany's Federal Cartel Office joined an Article 22 merger referral request alongside 15 other member states.

16 February 2023

UK claimant settles final trucks damages claim

The UK's largest independent truck rental company has settled its follow-on damages claim against DAF, ending its litigation against members of the EU trucks cartel.

15 February 2023

EU clears major digital advertising joint venture between telecom giants

The European Commission has unconditionally approved a digital advertising joint venture between Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone upon finding they could not use their existing positions in the telecoms sector to stifle rivals.

13 February 2023

Spanish court reinstates UEFA/FIFA injunction in European Super League dispute

A court in Madrid has reimposed an order on UEFA and FIFA that temporarily prevents them from penalising clubs or players that attempted to join the European Super League, branding their claims of protecting the European sporting model a “flimsy excuse”.

01 February 2023

General Court reverses heat stabiliser cartel ruling

The EU’s General Court has ruled that the European Commission did not breach the principle of equal treatment when recalculating fines on three companies in the heat stabiliser cartel that belonged to the same economic group.

25 January 2023

Germany opens MFN probe into PayPal

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is investigating if PayPal abuses its dominance through the use of most-favoured-nation clauses that restrict competition in the online payments market.

23 January 2023

Belgium re-issues fine against Caudalie

The Belgian Competition Authority has re-imposed a resale price maintenance fine on Caudalie, just over a year after a local court annulled the watchdog’s earlier infringement decision against the skincare company due to procedural errors.

23 January 2023

CAT urged to allow foreign judgments as evidence in Qualcomm class action

Counsel steering a £480 million class action against Qualcomm have urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to allow the disclosure of findings and decisions by foreign courts and antitrust enforcers at trial.

13 January 2023

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