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Focus Antitrust - 6 January 2016

6 January 2016

In The News

Ladbrokes and Coral request fast track reference to phase 2
  • The CMA has announced that it has received a request from Ladbrokes and Coral for a fast track reference to phase 2 of their proposed merger. Under the fast track reference procedure, the CMA’s phase 1 investigation timetable is significantly shortened. The fast track procedure was used most recently in the BT/EE merger investigation. Click here.
General Court upholds appeals against air cargo cartel decision
  • The General Court has handed down a series of judgments in which it has annulled the European Commission's 2010 decision on the air freight cartel. The Court found that there were a number of inconsistencies in the decision relating to whether the case involved a single continuous infringement or a number of separate infringements. Click here.


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  • The General Court has dismissed the appeal by Orange Polska against the European Commission decision which found that it had abused a dominant position on the Polish broadband market. Click here.


  • The High Court has approved the disclosure to the European Commission of an analysis prepared by a claimant as part of a private damages action against Google. Click here.
  • The CMA has carried out further reviews of a number of merger remedies. Click here.
  • The CMA has announced that the acquisition by Iron Mountain of Recall will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless undertakings in lieu are offered. Both companies supply records and information management services in the UK. Click here.
  • The CMA has referred Celesio’s anticipated acquisition of Sainsbury’s pharmacy business for a phase 2 investigation. Click here.
  • The CMA has referred Fenland’s anticipated acquisition of Fishers’ cleanroom laundry business for a phase 2 investigation. Click here.
  • The CMA has announced that it has accepted undertakings from BCA Marketplace in lieu of referring its completed acquisition of SMA Vehicle Remarketing Limited for a phase 2 investigation. Click here.
  • The CMA has opened a consultation on undertakings in lieu of a reference proposed by MRH following its acquisition of 78 Esso petrol stations. Click here.
  • Ofwat has decided to close its investigation into whether Anglian Water Services Limited infringed the prohibition on the abuse of a dominant position. Click here.

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