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Court judgments order construction industry companies to pay the SNCF between 123 and 129 million in compensation for concerted practices
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • May 19 2009

The Paris administrative court has rendered a total of 34 judgments ordering construction industry companies such as Bouygues Construction, Eiffage and Vinci to pay the SNCF between 123 and 129 million in compensation for damages it suffered from a price fixing agreement


Commission authorises French aid worth 46.3 million for the BioIntelligence R&D programme
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • May 19 2009

The European Commission has decided not to raise any objections under the EC Treaty state aid rules to the financial support of 46.3 million granted by France to the BioIntelligence research and development programme


Covert recordings can count as evidence in French proceedings
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • June 3 2009

On 29 April 2009, the Paris Court of Appeal dismissed for the second time the appeal of Philips and Sony against a decision of the Competition Council in 2005 condemning an agreement between the two companies and their respective distributors


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


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


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


French court refers question to ECJ on absolute ban on internet sales in selective distribution systems
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • December 31 2009

In 2006 the French Competition Council opened proceedings against eleven cosmetics producers for having imposed an absolute and general ban on members of their respective selective distribution systems from selling their products to end customers via the internet


Commission market tests proposed commitments of EDF in the French electricity retail market
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • December 31 2009

The Commission has announced that it is undertaking a formal consultation with market operators and interested parties, on the commitments offered by EDF to improve the level of competition in the French energy market


Commission authorises a further 2.45 billion capital injection for Caisse d’Épargne and Banque Populaire
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • May 11 2009

The European Commission has authorised, under the EC Treaty rules on State aid, a further 2.45 billion capital injection into the institution to be created by the merger between the Caisse d’Épargne and Banque Populaire groups


Suez Environnement and Lyonnaise des Eaux appeal against Commission dawn raid decision
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • October 19 2010

In April 2010 the Commission and the French competition authority conducted a dawn raid at a number of French companies active in water and sanitation on suspicion of a breach of Article 101 andor 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union