This Months Competition and Regulatory Bulletin

    View Authors October 2011

    This months bulletin includes: 

    Feature

    • Articles by Squire Sanders Hammonds team published by Global Competition Review

    Mergers

    • Commission approves acquisition of Skype by Microsoft
    • OFT refers in-flight catering suppliers joint venture to Competition Commission
    • Kent newspaper merger referred to Competition Commission by OFT

    Antitrust

    • The Commission publishes package of measures on conduct of antitrust procedures
    • Commission confirms dawn raids in the Euro interest rates derivatives sector
    • Commission begins Article 101 TFEU investigation into agreement between Johnson & Johnson and

    Novartis

    • Sports goods retail sector investigation closed by OFT
    • OFT consults on updated penalty and leniency guidance

    Market Investigations

    • OFT consults on amendment to commitments offered in motor insurance case
    • Competition Commission publishes provisional decision on remedies in local bus services market
      investigation
    • OFT publishes findings of off-grid energy market study
    • OFT refers audit market to Competition Commission

    Litigation

    • ECJ rules that prohibitions on sale and use of foreign TV decoder cards for viewing football matches breach
      Article 101 TFEU and freedom to provide services
    • ECJ preliminary ruling that an absolute ban on internet sales breaches prohibition on anti-competitive
      agreements
    • Tesco appeals OFT decision on their involvement in the price fixing of cheese

    Regulatory

    • European Commission launches public consultations on access to telecoms networks
    • BEREC holds public consultation on draft guidelines on net neutrality and transparency
    • BEREC report on the implementation of the NGA Recommendation
    • Neelie Kroes delivers speech on development of the EU e-communications market
    • Digital Single Market closer to completion with new Radio Spectrum Policy
    • Update on plans for award of 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum
    • Ofcom determination to give effect to CAT Order on termination charges