e-Competitions News Issue: December 2018-II

e-Competitions Bulletin

e-Competitions News Issue: December 2018-II

 ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES

The German Competition Authority fines asphalt producers for cartel (Gaul / Südhessische Asphalt-Mischwerke / Mitteldeutsche Hartstein-Industrie)
10 DECEMBER 2018
German Competition Authority • German Competition Authority (Bonn)
The French Competition Authority fines six household appliance manufacturers for agreeing on price increases (BSH / Candy Hoover / Eberhart Frères / Electrolux / Indesit / Whirlpool)
5 DECEMBER 2018
French Competition Authority • French Competition Authority (Paris)
The EU Commission opens a formal investigation to assess whether agreements between booking system providers and airlines and travel agents restrict competition (Amadeus / Sabre)
23 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The Botswana Competition Authority rejects an exemption application brought by two fast moving consumer good companies (Choppies / Payless)
18 OCTOBER 2018
Andreas Stargard • Primerio (Washington)
The Australian Federal Court fines three distributors of polycarbonate roof sheeting for exclusive dealing conduct (Palram / Ampelite / EGR)
13 AUGUST 2018
Paula Mucha • King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne)
The French Competition Authority fines wholesale distributors of veterinary medicinal products and their professional association for anticompetitive practices (Alcyon / Coveto / Centravet)
26 JULY 2018
French Competition Authority • French Competition Authority (Paris)
The US Supreme Court dismisses an appeal brought by the US Government and a number of US States regarding a two-sided platform (American Express)
25 JUNE 2018
Mark Giuseppini • King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne)
The Competition Commission of South Africa fines a media cartel for price fixing and unlawful trading conditions (Caxton / Independent Media)
20 JUNE 2018
Stephany Torres • Primerio (Washington)

 UNILATERAL PRACTICES

The EU Commission fines a gas supply company and its subsidiaries for blocking access to key natural gas infrastructure in Bulgaria (BEH)
17 DECEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission adopts a decision rendering legally binding remedies offered by a German grid operator suspected to abuse of its dominance (TenneT)
7 DECEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The German Competition Authority initiates an abuse of dominance proceeding against a major e-commerce company (Amazon)
29 NOVEMBER 2018
German Competition Authority • German Competition Authority (Bonn)
The EU Commission fines Google prompting the company to announce new licensing options and structure its business model to comply with the Commission’s decision (Google Android)
18 JULY 2018
Georgios Petropoulos • Bruegel (Brussels)

 MERGERS

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the ceilings manufacturing market (Armstrong / Knauf)
7 DECEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the market for the manufacture and supply of wood pulp (Fibria / Suzano)
29 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission opens in-depth investigation regarding a merger in the nickel alloy industry (VDM / Aperam)
29 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The Italian Competition Authority conditionally clears a merger in the optical sector (Luxottica / Barberini)
19 NOVEMBER 2018
Michele Giannino • Desogus Law Office (Cagliari)
The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the markets for corrugated case materials, sheets and cases (Europac / DS Smith)
14 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission clears the creation of six joint ventures subject to remedies in the automobile sector (Daimler / BMW)
7 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the markets of production and distribution of films for release in movie theatrers and distribution of content for home entertainment and licensing of films and other TV content (Fox / Disney)
6 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore announces a proposed infringement decision for substantial lessening of competition in the market of ride-hailing platform services (Uber / Grab)
5 JULY 2018
Mark Giuseppini • King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne)
The South African Competition Tribunal penalises a conditionally approved merger for failing to comply with its monitoring obligations (RTT Group)
29 JUNE 2018
Michael-James Currie • Nortons (Sandton)

 STATE AID

The EU Commission approves, under EU State aid rules, a measure to support innovative solar power installations in France
27 DECEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission finds that an energy producer received around €60 million of incompatible State aid from Romania (CE Hunedoara)
8 DECEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission decides to refer Romania to the EU Court of Justice for failing to fully recover illegal State aid (Viorel / Ioan Micula)
7 DECEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission approves aid-free privatisation of a German bank (HSH Nordbank)
26 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission finds no aid given to container terminal operators in Belgium’s Port of Antwerp (PSA Antwerp / Antwerp Gateway)
23 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission approves under EU State aid rules a measure to support greener buses in Germany
14 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission approves under EU State aid rules a Bulgarian and Greek plan for the construction of a natural gas interconnector
8 NOVEMBER 2018
European Commission • DG COMP (Brussels)

 PROCEDURES

Morocco’s new competition regime enters into force
17 DECEMBER 2018
Marta Giner Asins • Norton Rose Fulbright (Paris)
Arnaud Sanz • Norton Rose Fulbright (Paris)
The High Court of Namibia declares a dawn raid conducted by the Competition Commission to be unlawful (Puma Energy)
8 NOVEMBER 2018
Andreas Stargard • Primerio (Washington)
The President of the EU General Court rejects an application to prevent publication of a Commission decision (EURIBOR Cartel)
25 OCTOBER 2018
Miguel Troncoso Ferrer • Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
Clara García Fernández • Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
Sara Moya Izquierdo • Gomez Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
The Australian Parliament aligns the maximum penalties under the Australian Consumer Law with the maximum penalties for breaches of the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act
23 AUGUST 2018
Paula Mucha • King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne)
Michael Evans • King & Wood Mallesons (Melbourne)
The Supreme Court of Spain rules that the ‘fortuitous discovery’ doctrine holds special cassation relevance and admits several appeals to clarify and develop this doctrine (IRMASOL)
16 JULY 2018
Carlos Vérgez Muñoz • CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo (Madrid)
The Turkish Competition Board fines a company for obstructing an on-site inspection by cutting off the electricity and preventing internet access (Mosaş)
21 JUNE 2018
Gönenç Gürkaynak • ELIG Gürkaynak (Istanbul)
Burcu Can • ELIG Gürkaynak (Istanbul)

 REGULATORY

The Australian Standing Committee on Economics publishes a report on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission activities
18 OCTOBER 2018
Peeta Hutson • King & Wood Mallesons (Sydney)

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