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According to a decision announced 24 June 2015, the German Federal Cartel Office (the “FCO” or Bundeskartellamt) has imposed fines amounting to 75 million euros on five companies in the automotive supply sector and the staff responsible, which were involved in price fixing agreements regarding so-called acoustically effective components (such as car mats, flooring, and textile wheel house shells) between 2005 and 2013. Based on several bilateral and three different multilateral meetings the fined companies agreed on, inter alia, the –Read More–

On the 16 July 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down judgment in Huawei Technologies Co Ltd v ZTE Corp (Case C-170/13). The case concerns a standard-essential patent (SEP); a type of patent which the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) considers sufficiently important for the future growth and evolution of technology in a particular sector that it ought not be subject to the same rules and laws as regular intellectual property rights. The owner of –Read More–

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has responded today to the first super-complaint to be brought in relation to the groceries sector. The complaint was raised on 21 April 2015 by Which?, the largest independent consumer body in Europe, who has spent the last seven years investigating suspect supermarket pricing practices. The CMA’s response is significant as it reprimands commercial pricing practices used in many other industries. The super-complaint raised the four main issues discussed below: Firstly, Which? alleged that –Read More–

On 11 June 2015, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) handed TDF, a formerly state-owned company, now completely privatized, a €5.66 million fine for two anti-competitive practices which took place on the Eiffel Tower site. TDF was already well known to the FCA, as its predecessor, the Conseil de la concurrence, had fined it in 1999 for an abuse of a dominant position on the market of installation and maintenance of broadcasting equipment. In 2006 the town hall of Paris launched –Read More–

On 1 July 2015, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Edenred (UK Group) Limited against HM Treasury regarding proposed changes to an existing public contract with competitor Atos, to allow the inclusion within the scope of Atos’s contract the new government tax free childcare scheme. Edenred claimed that failure to advertise this procurement was a breach of the public procurement rules. Although the contract had originally been awarded under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, the Supreme Court applied the –Read More–

On the 24th of June 2015, the Danish Competition Council (DCC) held that a consortium (between LKF and Eurostar) which won a road marking bid was anti-competitive due to the fact that the consortium members could have made individual bids in a tender. The case has implications for any companies considering consortia bids in Europe. The case started in March 2014 when the DCC received a complaint by one of LKF and Eurostar’s competitors that their cooperation in a public –Read More–