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Competition litigation in the CAT – recent developments

EU Commission: no comment on “fair” prices for patent licences

A European Commission economist has stated that the Commission is not in a position to decide what constitutes a “fair” price for a patent license.

Commission announces first raft of legislation under Digital Single Market Strategy

The Commission introduces legislation harmonising copyright law, contracts for digital content and e-commerce in the internal market.

Paris Court of Appeal dismisses a damages claim against Google based on alleged predatory pricing

Paris Court of Appeal rules Google did not engage in predatory pricing by offering its mapping service for free and dismisses a damages claim.

04 December 2015
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Premier League and BT to intervene in European Commission investigation into Hollywood film rights

Commission grants interested parties permission to comment on its investigation into Hollywood film rights distribution issues.

26 November 2015
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French Competition Authority closes Adidas competition probe concerning online sales policy

FCA closes its investigation into Adidas, over alleged restrictive online sales provisions, after the German producer changed its distribution policy.

19 November 2015
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CNMC modifies notification process for mergers in regulated sectors

CNMC revises its communication on the merger's notification form creating changes to the notification process for mergers in regulated sectors.

19 November 2015
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CNMC fines Atresmedia €2.8 million for breaching conditions of a 2012 merger

The CNMC has fined TV group Atresmedia €2.8 million for breaching merger conditions that prohibited bundling advertising packages.

19 November 2015
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German FCO opens proceedings against Apple and Amazon audiobook units

FCO probes whether the distribution agreement between Audible, the audiobook unit of Amazon, and Apple infringes competition rules.

18 November 2015
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ASICS to appeal German FCO’s prohibition decision

ASICS appeals the FCO's decision that its distribution policy constituted a de-facto prohibition of internet sales.

18 November 2015
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AGCM calls for new regulation for UberPop and other digital platform urban transport services

Italian competition authorities subject Uber to further scrutiny.

12 November 2015
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Government proposes Universal Service Obligation in relation to broadband

Every household and business in the UK is to be entitled to broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps.

11 November 2015
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European Commission issues Statement of Objections against capacitor manufacturers in Asia

Cartel behaviour amongst capacitor manufacturers in Asia is challenged by European Commission.

05 November 2015
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