Organisation: European Commission

Top Swedish lawyer moves to rival, Vinge hires from Apple and promotes

Swedish law firm Kastell has poached the head of Vinge’s competition practice, while the latter has hired a former European Commission official from Apple and also promoted a new partner, counsel and chief economist.

01 June 2023

EU set outs new sustainability rules in revised horizontal guidelines

The European Commission has updated its horizontal block exemption regulation and related guidelines to introduce new rules on sustainability agreements, prompting the Dutch competition watchdog to promise to bring its own sustainability guidelines in line with those of the agency.

01 June 2023

Proposed EC SEP regulation could be a big shake up for German courts

Featured in SEP/FRAND Hub

The European Commission’s recent proposal aims to increase transparency and predictability in SEP licensing by introducing a central SEP register, extrajudicial review of a patent’s essentiality and a FRAND determination procedure. For German courts, this would most likely involve overhauling the current practice.

01 June 2023

EU request for expedited Illumina/Grail appeal fails

The EU’s General Court has dismissed a request by the European Commission to expedite Illumina’s appeal against the authority’s decision blocking its €5.9 billion acquisition of Grail.

31 May 2023

Kramler: DG Comp will not issue complaint rejection decisions under DMA

Rules forcing the European Commission to issue formal decisions when rejecting third-party complaints were deliberately excluded from the Digital Markets Act so as not to “further burden the enforcement” of the legislation, an EU official has said.

30 May 2023

“Very significant” increase in leniency filings amid cost of living crisis, DG Comp official says

The European Commission has received a “very significant uptick” in leniency applications this year, leading to concerns that companies are colluding to ease cost of living pressures, a senior agency official has said.

26 May 2023

General Court president warns of added burdens from DMA

The president of the EU’s General Court has warned that an increase in cases stemming from the Digital Markets Act could be a “serious challenge” for the court.

25 May 2023

Vestager calls for formal cooperation agreement with CMA

The European Commission wants to “redo” a cooperation agreement with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, even if divergence between the competition authorities is “exceptional” following their split on the Microsoft/Activision tie-up, Margrethe Vestager has said.

25 May 2023

Meta loses appeal against EU information requests

The EU’s General Court has rejected an application by Meta to stop the European Commission gaining access to company documents as part of its probe into the social media giant’s data practices and classified ad service.

24 May 2023

CAT ruling in Merricks clarifies application of limitation and prescription legislation

Featured in Class actions hub

In this follow-on proceeding to a 2014 CJEU decision on Mastercard, the CAT continues to unpick the relationship between limitation/prescription and competition regulations, maintaining its focus on claims arising before the tribunal’s subjection to relevant general legislation in October 2015.

24 May 2023

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