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On 20th July 2015, it was reported in the High Court how Telefonica, the owner of O2 and the UK telecoms giant, had been hit by an interim injunction by a small business (Packet Media Limited) who believed that Telefonica were abusing their position of dominance in the wholesale provision of access to call and SMS text origination. The case is important in showing the growth of competition litigation in the UK, and the protection it affords small businesses who –Read More–

On 6 August 2015, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had sent a statement of objections to a major pharmaceutical producer and a large distributor, over their pricing of an anti-epilepsy drug. The case is significant as high or excessive prices are thought to be common in the pharmaceutical sector. The CMA have based their objections on a breach of Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998, that being the prohibition against an abuse of a dominant position. –Read More–

On August 5th, 2015 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced a rare formal action against medical professionals in the UK. The CMA has found the Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership (CESP) responsible for creating anti-competitive pricing agreements across their extensive network of surgeons and medical partnerships. The lucrative wrongdoings that CESP has been fined for include creating and distributing stringent price lists to their members across the UK, detailing out how much should be charged for a variety of eye procedures. –Read More–