Region: United Kingdom

Nexans argues for full role in UK power cables damages claim

Power cables conspirator Nexans has argued that it should be able to fully participate in energy company Vattenfall’s follow-on damages claim against Prysmian because it would be liable for alleged loss if the claim is successful.

13 October 2020

EU trucks cartelists lose UK appeal on non-essential facts

A UK appellate court has refused a plea by truck manufacturers to contest certain facts in the European Commission’s trucks cartel settlement decision during follow-on litigation.

07 October 2020

UK tribunal decision endangers EU settlement regime, appeal court told

A specialist competition tribunal’s ruling that defendants cannot contest certain facts in the European Commission’s trucks cartel decision during follow-on litigation will deter future cartel settlements, the truckmakers have argued on appeal.

06 October 2020

UK energy watchdog alleges abuse in payments market

The UK’s energy regulator has accused a payment provider of abusing its dominance by including years-long exclusivity clauses in its contracts with energy retailers and suppliers that prevented them from using rival payment services.

30 September 2020

Exclusive: An interview with John Penrose

The UK government announced on 14 September that John Penrose MP will lead a review of the country’s competition policy, as it prepares to leave the European Union and tackle the economic shock brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Penrose spoke to Emily Craig about updating the UK’s “analogue era” competition rules, whether the report will recommend changes to the consumer welfare standard and how to address the challenges of the digital economy.

25 September 2020

CMA need not consider coronavirus in merger reviews, counsel claims

The UK’s competition enforcer was entitled to disregard the potential effects of the covid-19 pandemic when it blocked JD Sports’ purchase of Footasylum because it received “wholly unilluminating” evidence from the retailers, the authority’s counsel has argued.

24 September 2020

JD Sports/Footasylum block was unreasonable, UK court told

The UK competition authority’s decision to block JD Sports’ acquisition of Footasylum was irrational because it failed to consider the coronavirus pandemic and did not give enough weight to the power that Nike and Adidas hold over retailers, counsel to JD Sports has argued.

23 September 2020

CMA imposes interim measures on airlines due to covid-19 uncertainty

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has imposed interim measures for the first time in extending a decade-old commitment decision by the European Commission relating to an agreement between American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair and Aer Lingus.

18 September 2020

NKT settles National Grid power cables claim

The UK’s electricity grid operator has settled for an undisclosed sum its damages claim against NKT following-on from the European Commission’s power cables cartel decision.

17 September 2020

Bacon joins High Court

Competition specialist Kelyn Bacon QC is leaving Brick Court Chambers after 20 years to become a judge in the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales.

17 September 2020

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