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Focus Antitrust - 13 July

13 July 2016

In The News

European Commission confirms dawn raids in rail passenger transport sector

The European Commission has confirmed that on 28 June 2016 its officials carried out unannounced inspections in the sector of rail passenger transport in several Member States.  The Commission has concerns that the companies concerned may have entered into anti-competitive agreements aiming to shut out competing rail passenger transport operators from the market, in breach of Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  Click here.

European Commission accepts commitments by container liner shipping companies on price transparency

The European Commission has adopted a decision that renders legally binding commitments offered by fourteen container liner shipping companies. The commitments are intended to address the Commission's concerns that the companies' practice of publishing their intentions on future price increases may have harmed competition and customers, on the basis that it may have made it possible for them to coordinate their behaviour. Click here.


Articles 101 and 102
  • The European Court of Justice has issued a judgment in relation to the assessment of an agreement requiring licence royalties to be paid on the basis of patents that had subsequently been revoked.  The ECJ concluded that Article 101 does not preclude a requirement on a licensee to pay royalties in these circumstances, provided that the licensee was able to terminate the agreement on reasonable notice.  Click here.
  • The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of the automotive plastic exterior component business of Faurecia by Compagnie Plastic Omnium. The clearance is conditional on the divestment of some production facilities in France, Spain and Germany.  Click here.


  • The CMA has decided to accept GTCR’s proposal to sell the media contact databases business of PR Newswire to resolve the CMA’s concerns in relation to their merger.  Click here.
  • The CMA has issued its interim report in relation to its market study into legal services, provisionally finding that competition for individual and small business consumers is not working as well as it might.  Click here.

For more information please contact Paul Stone on +44 (0)20 7203 5110 or at paul.stone@crsblaw.com