Region: European Union

EU’s highest court warns of underenforcement due to limitation periods

National competition regimes that do not pause the statute of limitations while an antitrust authority conducts an investigation may present a “systemic risk” that anticompetitive conduct goes unpunished, the European Court of Justice has said.

22 January 2021

EU enforcer made to pay compound interest on annulled cartel fines

The European Court of Justice has clarified what default interest the European Commission has to pay when refunding cartel fines annulled by the EU courts.

21 January 2021

EU fines gaming companies for geo-blocking agreements

The European Commission has fined Valve – owner of one of the world’s largest video gaming platforms – and five gaming publishers €7.8 million for preventing European consumers from purchasing video games in certain member states.

20 January 2021

UK tribunal sets date for first-ever carriage dispute hearing

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal will hold a hearing in July to determine which of two competing Forex opt-out class actions should proceed to trial, marking the first time it presides over a so-called carriage dispute.

15 January 2021

ECJ rules on bid-rigging infringement periods

Bid rigging schemes end on the date that the infringing company signs a contract with the party that put out the tender, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

14 January 2021

EU seeks feedback on antitrust exemptions for gig workers

The European Commission has followed up on its promise to protect gig workers by consulting on proposed exemptions from competition rules that would allow certain groups to form collective bargaining agreements.

06 January 2021

Crowell & Moring adds partner in Brussels

Crowell & Moring has hired former Allen & Overy counsel Karel Bourgeois as a partner in its Brussels office.

05 January 2021

PSA/Fiat-Chrysler approaches finish line

The European Commission has cleared the €38 billion merger between PSA Group and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles subject to commitments affecting their operations in the light commercial vehicle market.

04 January 2021

EU conditionally clears Google/Fitbit deal

Critics have accused the European Commission of hiding behind privacy rules to avoid tackling some of the competition issues posed by Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, although others believe it was right for the enforcer to approve the deal subject to decade-long data remedies.

18 December 2020

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