Region: Europe

No judicial overreach in Phones 4U disclosure order, UK court rules

Judges presiding over cartel damages claims can order defendant companies to ask their employees to hand over personal devices to be searched for evidence of collusion, a UK appeals court has ruled.

02 February 2021

Compass Lexecon opens in Italy

Compass Lexecon has launched its first Italian office in Milan, headed up by executive vice president Lorenzo Coppi and senior economist Martina Caldana.

01 February 2021

Simpson Thacher expands into Brussels

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is opening an office in Brussels to continue its European antitrust focus following the recent hire of Antonio Bavasso from Allen & Overy.

01 February 2021

France green lights sustainable energy deal

France's Competition Authority has unconditionally cleared a deal between two "green" electricity suppliers, concluding that high market shares are not indicative of market power in an emerging sector.

01 February 2021

CMA issues first remedy breach guidance

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has advised companies to report breaches of remedies “as soon as reasonably possible” and warned against rectifying contraventions without first reporting to the agency.

01 February 2021

Ukraine explores price regulation for abuse of dominance breaches

Ukraine’s trade ministry is seeking the power to regulate the prices of essential goods and services of companies that abuse their dominance.

01 February 2021

Sports associations cannot ban athletes from rival leagues, German court rules

A German appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that the German Wrestling Association cannot ban its members from participating in competitions organised by a rival league.

29 January 2021

Lego resolves discriminatory pricing probe with commitments

France’s Competition Authority has accepted Lego’s proposals to amend its discount policy so as not to discriminate against online retailers after the company “substantially modified” its original commitments.

29 January 2021

A Q&A with Christopher Vajda QC

Christopher Vajda QC stepped down from his role as a judge at the European Court of Justice following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020. He returned to Monckton Chambers in October, where he began his legal career. Janith Aranze spoke to Vajda about streamlining the General Court’s procedures, the UK’s approach to digital markets and whether further guidance is needed at an EU-level on competition-related SEP matters.

29 January 2021

Germany uses new powers to expand Facebook probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is expanding its investigation into Facebook for allegedly tying its virtual reality products to its social media platform, by using new competition powers for the first time that could allow it to prohibit the conduct without establishing abuse of dominance.

28 January 2021

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