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Paris Court of Appeal annuls decision on price fixing in perfumes and cosmetics industry

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • December 31 2009

The Paris Court of Appeal recently annulled a decision of the French Competition Authority ("FCA") on the grounds that the procedure took too long

Commission confirms inspections were carried out in the French electricity sector

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • March 16 2009

The European Commission has confirmed that on 10 March 2009 Commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of the electricity company EDF in France

National authorities fine two gas companies

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France, Spain
  • -
  • March 31 2009

Two gas companies, one French and the other Spanish, have been fined by national authorities for engaging in anticompetitive practices

Autorité de la Concurrence fines 11 banks 384.9 million in cheque cartel case

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • October 19 2010

On 20 September, the French competition authority fined 11 banks (including BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, Group Credit Agricole and BPCE) a total of 384.9 million for price fixing in the cheque processing market

The Commission completes its investigation into the unlimited guarantee for the French Post Office

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • January 30 2010

The Commission has completed its investigation into the unlimited state guarantee enjoyed by the French Post Office ("La Poste"), following the adoption by the French Parliament of the law on the public enterprise La Poste and on postal activities

Commission refers acquisition of Keolis and Effia by SNCF and CDPQ to the French Competition Authority

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • October 31 2009

On 15 September 2009, the Commission received the notification of a proposed concentration by which the undertaking SNCF-Participations (France) and the Caisse de Dépôt et de Placement du Québec (CDPQ) (Quebec), plan to acquire joint control of the whole of Keolis and Effia

The French Competition Authority fined the French Football Federation and Sportfive 6.9 million for collusion

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • October 31 2009

On 1 October 2009, the FCA sanctioned the French Football Federation (“FFF”) and Sportfive Company with a fine of 6.9 million for having entered into agreements with the intention to eliminate all competition in the commercialisation of marketing rights of the FFF

Preliminary ruling by European Court of Justice gives important interpretation of Trade Mark Directive

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • April 27 2009

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given a preliminary ruling on a matter of law which gives an important interpretation of the Trade Mark Directive

Electrabel appeals 20 million fine imposed for implementing its acquisition of CNR without approval

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • European Union, France
  • -
  • December 31 2009

Electrabel has appealed the Commission’s decision to fine it 20 million for acquiring Compagnie Nationale du Rhône ("CNR"), prior to receiving approval by the Commission under the EC Merger Regulation

Paris Court of Appeal dramatically reduces fines in steel cartel

  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • -
  • France
  • -
  • January 30 2010

On 19 January 2010, the Paris Court of Appeal gave its ruling in a cartel appeal, slashing fines imposed by the French Competition Authority (the "Authority") on steel companies by almost 500 million