Recent Developments in EU and UK Competition Law

    View Authors September 2011

    We are pleased to publish the September 2011 Competition & Regulatory Bulletin which contains a summary of recent developments in EU and UK competition law. Here is a brief overview of this months bulletin:

    Mergers

    • OFT seeks views on purchase of minority stakes in Aer Lingus by Ryanair
    • OFT refers Anglo/Lafarge joint venture to Competition Commission
    • GB Oils undertakings accepted by the OFT

    Antitrust

    • Commission market tests IBM’s commitments on mainframe maintenance
    • EU launches antitrust ‘dawn raids’ on 10 EU gas companies
    • Commission opens investigation into standardisation process for e-payments

    Market Investigations

    • OFT issues call for evidence in UK motor insurance industry
    • OFT launches dentistry market study
    • OFT receives super-complaint about travel money
    • Change needed to encourage competition in organic waste treatment, OFT finds
    • OFT announces a package to measures for mobility aids sector
    • OFT raises concern over consumer policy return

    Litigation

    • The General Court annuls the 31.66 EUR million fine imposed on Koninklijke Grolsch NV for its participation in a cartel on the Dutch beer market
    • Elf Aquitaine wins appeal on parental liability in cartel decision
    • BAA seeks judicial review of the Competition Commission's decision requiring it to sell airports

    Regulatory

    • BEREC presents analysis on Roaming Regulation to European Parliament
    • Ofcom bans rollover contracts
    • Department of Energy and Climate considers giving Ofgem greater powers and more rights for energy consumers

    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