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The OFT’s case goes up in smoke

United Kingdom - December 16 2011 The Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) handed down a judgment on 12 December 2011, in which it refused to permit the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to alter and refine its case against members of an alleged tobacco cartel.

Cyrus Mehta, Rachel Bickler.

ECJ confirms France Télécom received a selective advantage under the tax rules

European Union - December 16 2011 The ECJ upheld the General Court’s decision that the special tax regime afforded to France Télécom (FT) between 1994 and 2002 constituted state aid.

Cyrus Mehta, Rachel Bickler.

Italian authorities get their hands on airline merger after a three year postponement

Italy - December 16 2011 The Italian competition authority launched a long-delayed investigation into the Alitalia-CAI merger to determine its impact on the profitable Rome-Milan route and 17 other destinations.

Cyrus Mehta, Rachel Bickler.

Commission erroneously evaluated tender on the basis of bidders’ experience

European Union - December 16 2011 The General Court (GC) has criticised the European Commission’s basing of the award of a contract on the criterion of the tenderers’ experience in breach of procurement rules which require experience to be assessed at the selection stage.

Cyrus Mehta, Rachel Bickler.

Is there sufficient competition for auditing services?

United Kingdom - December 16 2011 The UK market for auditing services over the past decade has been dominated by four large firms.

Cyrus Mehta, Rachel Bickler.