Region: Spain

Community round-up: former EU deputy chief economist joins RBB Economics

RBB Economics has snagged Miguel de la Mano from Compass Lexecon, while Latham & Watkins has hired new counsel and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has promoted an associate in Brussels.

21 June 2022

Padel league claims rivals are trying to oust it from market

The World Padel Tour has responded to an EU competition complaint challenging its purportedly unlawful exclusivity requirements with a lawsuit alleging that the world padel governing body and players’ association are trying to push it out of the market in favour of their own rival league.

31 May 2022

Spain fines canine society for abusive dog show restrictions

Spain’s competition enforcer has fined the country’s leading dog association for banning its own judges from participating in rivals’ shows and restricting dog owners from obtaining purebred certification if they were registered with rival associations.

26 May 2022

Funeral service providers face more gun-jumping allegations in Spain

Spain’s competition enforcer has accused two funeral service providers it previously fined for gun-jumping of once again failing to notify separate acquisitions of local funeral homes.

22 April 2022

Damages claims evidence includes documents that do not yet exist, AG Szpunar says

EU law on the disclosure of evidence in antitrust damages claims could require companies involved in follow-on litigation to compile and produce brand new documents, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice has said.

07 April 2022

Spain dismantles scrap iron purchasing cartel

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has fined three steel producers over €24 million for operating a scrap iron purchasing cartel that informed each other about planned factory shutdowns with a view to strengthening their negotiating positions with sellers.

14 March 2022

Spain sanctions Correos again for offering exclusive discounts

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has fined the country’s incumbent postal service €32.6 million for unlawfully offering exclusive discounts to its corporate customers, four years after the Supreme Court overturned a smaller fine against the company for similar conduct.

24 February 2022

EU enforcer reimposes fines on Telefónica and Pharol

The European Commission has reissued fines totalling €79 million to telecommunications providers Telefónica and Pharol for implementing a non-compete agreement, six years after the EU’s General Court annulled the original penalties because of an error in the authority’s calculations.

26 January 2022

Spain once again probes copyright collective for abuse

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has launched another investigation into a Spanish copyright collective for musicians and authors, which it has already penalised three times in the last decade for abuse of dominance.

26 January 2022

Spanish airlines to abandon deal amid EU and UK scrutiny

Iberia is set to scrap its plans to take over rival airline Air Europa, after competition enforcers in the UK and EU both opened probes into the deal over concerns it could significantly reduce competition.

15 December 2021

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