Competition Law Bulletin

    View Authors June 2011

    We are pleased to publish the June 2011 Competition Bulletin which contains a summary of recent developments in EU and UK competition law.

    Here is a brief overview of this months bulletin:

    Mergers

    • Styrene joint venture conditionally approved by Commission
    • UK Government revises undertakings in News Corp/BSkyB merger
    • OFT accepts Unilever/Alberto Culver divestment undertakings
    • Ross & Bonnyman acquisition cleared by Competition Commission

    Antitrust

    • Commission carries out dawn raids on car safety component manufacturers
    • Judgment released in ECJ leniency documents disclosure case
    • Polish telecoms firm fined for abuse of dominance
    • OFT publishes new competition law compliance guidance
    • OFT revisits morphine market to test effects of 2001 Napp ruling
    • Chairman of OFT gives speech on sanctions, redress and compliance

    Market Investigations

    • Ofcom launches review of TV advertising trading

    Litigation

    • General Court upholds liability decision in acrylic glass cartel case
    • General Court considers fines in removal services cartel appeals
    • General Court refuses interim measures in pre-stressing steel cartel appeal
    • Commission publishes draft guidance on harm in damages action
    • Costs claim in UK construction bid-rigging appeal dismissed

    Regulatory

    • Neelie Kroes speech on the importance of spectrum management for the Digital Agenda
    • Commission raises concerns about Belgian proposals to regulate broadband
    • Ofcom consultation on technical licence conditions for 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum
    • Ofcom publishes guidelines on penalties under the Communications Act 2003 and on dispute resolution
    • Ofcom publishes statements on mobile spectrum trading and 3G licence variation

    View the full Competition Bulletin (PDF)

    If you require further information or advice in relation to any item reported, please get in touch with either of us.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Diarmuid Ryan
    Partner
    Direct Line: +44(0)20 765 1310 

    Brian Hartnett
    Partner
    Direct Line: +32 2 627 1101