e-Competitions Bulletin: e-Competitions News Issue: March 2018

e-Competitions Bulletin

e-Competitions News Issue: March 2018

 ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES

The French Competition Authority closes its investigation against agricultural tractor manufacturers after ensuring that they change their commercial practices in respect of dealers in order to strengthen competition and diversify supply (John Deere / AGCO)
7 MARCH 2018
French Competition Authority  French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Slovenian Competition Protection Agency accepts commitments from a distributor and 20 authorised service shops of motor vehicles over misleading information for consumers regarding the warranty of the vehicles (Hyundai)
28 FEBRUARY 2018
Andrej Fatur  Fatur Law Firm (Ljubljana)
The EU Commission fines two maritime car carriers and four car parts suppliers EUR 546 million in three separate cartel settlements (MOL / NYK / „K” Line / Wwl-Eukor / Csav, Denso / Bosch / NGK / TRW / Continental)
21 FEBRUARY 2018
Clara García Fernández  Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
Miguel Troncoso Ferrer  Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
Sara Moya Izquierdo  Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
The EU Commission fines maritime car carriers and car parts suppliers in three separate cartel cases (MOL / NYK / „K” Line / Wwl-Eukor / Csav, Denso / Bosch / NGK / TRW / Continental)
21 FEBRUARY 2018
European Commission  DG COMP (Brussels)
The Spanish Supreme Court voids an exclusive-supply agreement in the energy sector that was previously subject to a commitments decision by the EU Commission (Repsol)
7 FEBRUARY 2018
Andrzej Kmiecik  Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The German Competition Authority launches a sector inquiry into market conditions in the online advertising sector
1 FEBRUARY 2018
German Competition Authority  German Competition Authority (Bonn)
The Hong Kong Competition Commission issues a block exemption order for vessel sharing agreements in the liner shipping industry (HKLSA)
8 AUGUST 2017
Hong Kong Competition Commission  Hong Kong Competition Commission

 UNILATERAL PRACTICES

The French Competition Authority issues an opinion concluding its sector-specific investigation into online advertising
6 MARCH 2018
French Competition Authority  French Competition Authority (Paris)
The German Federal Court of Justice issues a landmark decision addressing the issue of “Wedding Rebates” demanded by undertakings with relative market power (Edeka)
23 JANUARY 2018
Florian Becker  University of Kiel
The Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice quashes a Competition Authority’s decision regarding refusal to supply in the context of public procurement of pharmaceutical products (Esculap-Farm)
25 OCTOBER 2017
Alexandr Svetlicinii  Faculty of Law – University of Macau

 MERGERS

The EU Commission conditionally approves a proposed merger in the providers of pay-TV channels market (Scripps / Discovery)
6 FEBRUARY 2018
Porter Elliott  Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The EU Commission decides to review a merger in the market of music recognition applications for smartphones (Apple / Shazam)
6 FEBRUARY 2018
European Commission  DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the global media market and rejects a referral request by the Polish Competition Authority (Discovery / Scripps)
6 FEBRUARY 2018
European Commission  DG COMP (Brussels)
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine issues an explanatory note after the adoption of the Law of Ukraine which improved control over mergers in terms of sanctions-related transactions
9 NOVEMBER 2017
Aleksyeyenko Oleksandr  Marchenko Danevych (Kiev)
Danevych Marchenko  Marchenko Danevych (Kiev)

 STATE AID

The EU General Court annuls a decision of the Commission that found no State aid because it considered the recipient of the measure was not an undertaking (Dôvera zdravotná poist’ovňa)
5 FEBRUARY 2018
Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch  Arendt & Medernach (Luxembourg)
The EU Commission highlights the distinction between indirect and secondary effects of a State aid in a case regarding regional airports (Sardinia Airports)
18 OCTOBER 2017
Phedon Nicolaides  College of Europe (Bruges)

 PROCEDURES

The EU General Court upholds the decision of the Commission refusing to disclose the table of contents of its investigation file in a cartel case (EURIBOR cartel)
5 FEBRUARY 2018
Martin Favart  Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The EU Court of Justice delivers four judgments dismissing the appeals brought by participants involved in a cartel (Air freight cartel)
1 FEBRUARY 2018
Richard Burton  Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The EU Court of Justice of receives the first preliminary ruling request on the applicability of the EU Damages Directive (Cogeco Communications / Sport TV Portugal)
17 NOVEMBER 2017
Clara García Fernández  Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
Miguel Troncoso Ferrer  Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
Sara Moya Izquierdo  Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)

 REGULATORY

The Polynesian Competition Authorithy issues an opinion on the functioning of the pharmaceutical distribution sector
6 NOVEMBER 2017
Polynesian Competition Authority  Polynesian Competition Authority (Papeete)
The Polynesian Competition Authority issues an opinion on the functioning of the telecommunication services
9 OCTOBER 2017
Polynesian Competition Authority  Polynesian Competition Authority (Papeete)

 PUBLIC SECTOR

The EU Court of Justice confirms that the absence of self-certification is a discretionary exclusion ground in public procurement sector (Impresa di Costruzioni Ing. E. Mantovani / RTI Mantovani e Guerrato)
20 DECEMBER 2017
Albert Sánchez Graells  University of Bristol – Law School
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