Topic: Margin squeeze

Top South African court reinstates private hospital deal block

South Africa’s highest court has backed the country’s antitrust authority and specialist competition tribunal in blocking a private healthcare deal, as it criticised an appellate court for overturning a prohibition decision that was not “clearly wrong”.

18 October 2021

Paris court quashes abuse claims against Orange in SFR saga

A French appellate court has once again dismissed SFR’s abuse of dominance complaint against Orange, finding that the latter complied with measures imposed by the country’s telecommunications regulator when refusing to offer a particular pricing plan for network access.

01 October 2021

Court throws out Vodafone Italia’s margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s €5.7 million fine to Vodafone Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, two months after overturning another major antitrust ruling against the telecommunications company and its rivals.

17 September 2021

Telecom Italia and Vodafone settle five antitrust claims

Telecom Italia and Vodafone have agreed to end all legal disputes between themselves, including five antitrust cases that saw Vodafone seeking more than €2 billion in damages from Italy’s leading telecommunications provider.

12 August 2021

Royal Mail loses abuse of dominance appeal on AEC grounds

Competition authorities can disregard the “as-efficient competitor” test when assessing pricing practices, a UK appellate court has ruled in a decision to dismiss Royal Mail’s appeal against a £50 million abuse of dominance fine.

07 May 2021

Austrian court orders Peugeot to remedy abuse

An Austrian court has banned Peugeot from tying dealer compensation to certain sales requirements and from subsidising vehicle prices at its own sales outlets, ruling that the car manufacturer ran afoul of national and EU competition rules.

01 April 2021

ECJ upholds Slovak Telekom margin squeeze fine

The European Commission need not show that access to a particular infrastructure is “indispensable” for the purpose of proving abusive conduct, provided such access is mandated by regulation, the EU’s highest court has ruled.

25 March 2021

ECJ rules Slovak Telecom fines can still stand

Separate abuse of dominance fines imposed by Slovakia's competition enforcer and the European Commission on Slovak Telekom did not breach EU law, because they related to conduct in different markets, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

26 February 2021

EU advocate general urges limited use of ‘refusal to access’ framework

The concept of an “implicit refusal to grant access” under EU abuse of dominance rules should be disregarded by competition authorities and courts, an advocate general at the EU Court of Justice has argued in an opinion on the Deutsche Telekom abuse of dominance case.

09 September 2020

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