Region: Netherlands

Dutch court upholds Coca-Cola bottler probe closure

A Rotterdam court has confirmed that the Dutch antitrust watchdog was entitled to drop an abuse of dominance investigation into a Coca-Cola bottler after finding a full probe would be costly and out of line with the agency’s priorities.

02 August 2021

Dutch enforcer issues first excessive pricing fine

The Dutch competition authority has fined Leadiant Biosciences €17.9 million for charging excessively high prices for a drug used to treat a rare genetic metabolic disorder, marking the first time it has ever imposed a penalty for such an infringement.

19 July 2021

Dutch enforcer ends payment apps probe over legal barriers

The Dutch antitrust watchdog has closed an investigation into payment applications on smartphones, lamenting that it is unable to remedy its competition concerns under EU regulation.

05 July 2021

Legal monopoly does not equal dominance, Dutch tribunal rules

A Dutch appeals tribunal has confirmed the dismissal of the national competition authority’s highest-ever abuse of dominance fine because the enforcer failed to show that state-owned railway NS was actually dominant.

03 June 2021

EU trucks cartelists suffer setback in the Netherlands

A Dutch court has ruled that the EU trucks cartel likely caused prices to increase in the Netherlands, while also confirming that the defendants are bound by the entirety of the European Commission’s settlement decision in 2016.

19 May 2021

Dutch watchdog launches cloud services market study

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets has begun studying the cloud services market to better understand how it functions and to identify any potential competition problems.

18 May 2021

bureau Brandeis hires from Dutch enforcer

Lara Elzas has left her role as a senior lawyer at the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets to join litigation boutique bureau Brandeis.

08 April 2021

Netherlands set to take veal merger to Phase II

The Dutch competition authority has indicated it will take a deal involving the country’s largest veal producer to an in-depth review over concerns the merged company could use its buyer power to “significantly” lower prices for young calves.

29 March 2021

Dutch court sends education publishing deal back to enforcer

A Dutch court has annulled the national competition enforcer’s conditional approval of a merger between two publishers of educational materials, after a rival challenged the adequacy of the agency’s in-depth investigation.

08 March 2021

Dutch court can hear Greek brewery’s damages claim against Heineken

A Dutch appeals court has overturned a lower court’s ruling that found it does not have jurisdiction over a Greek brewery’s competition damages claim against Heineken and its Greek subsidiary.

25 February 2021

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