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07 June 2017

Focus Antitrust - 7 June 2017

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European Commission opens investigation following concerns about gas export restrictions from Romania by Transgaz

The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether Romania's gas transmission system operator Transgaz has been hindering gas exports from Romania to other EU Member States. Click here.

CMA consults on commitments from online auction provider

The CMA is consulting on commitments offered by ATG Media to resolve concerns that it may have entered into anti-competitive agreements and/or abused a dominant position by requiring exclusivity from its auction house customers, preventing its auction house customers from allowing bidders to use rival platforms at lower cost and preventing auction houses from advertising and promoting the services of its competitors. Click here.

CAT finds Law Society breached competition law

The CAT has issued its judgment in relation to the damages action brought by Socrates Training Limited against the Law Society. The CAT held that the Law Society came to hold a dominant position by the end of April 2015 and abused that position by thereafter obliging member firms of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme to obtain the training in mortgage fraud and anti-money laundering required for CQS accreditation exclusively from the Law Society. The CAT also found that these obligations breached the prohibition on anti-competitive agreements. Click here.

EU
Articles 101 and 102
  • An Advocate General's opinion has recommended dismissal of an appeal by British Airways against the General Court judgment on the European Commission's air cargo cartel decision. Click here.
  • The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into the distribution agreements and practices of clothing manufacturer and retailer Guess. The Commission will examine whether Guess restricts retailers from selling cross-border to consumers within the EU. Click here.
Mergers
  • The European Commission has approved the acquisition of de facto control over Telecom Italia by Vivendi. The decision is conditional on the divestment of Telecom Italia's stake in Persidera. Click here.
UK
CMA
  • The CMA has announced that it considers that there are reasonable grounds for believing that undertakings in lieu offered by Solera in relation to its acquisition of Autodata might be acceptable. Click here.

This article was written by Paul Stone.

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

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