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OFT considers market reference into the private healthcare market

United Kingdom - December 16 2011 Following an initial review and report the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is proposing to ask the CC to undertake a detailed investigation of the competition in the £5bn privately funded healthcare services market.

Brian Sher, Cyrus Mehta.

Emergency bank aid rules extended – again!

European Union - December 16 2011 Due to prolonged financial tension caused by the sovereign debt crisis, the Commission has extended the temporary state aid crisis framework to assess public support to financial institutions.

Brian Sher, Cyrus Mehta.

Copper cartel participant’s human rights appeal rejected by ECJ

European Union - December 16 2011 The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected arguments by two participants in a copper cartel that the General Court infringed community law and their fundamental right to a fair trial by failing to carry out an adequate review of the Commission’s decision.

Brian Sher, Cyrus Mehta.

Commission opens formal antitrust proceedings in e-book publishing sector

European Union - December 16 2011 The European Commission has opened formal antitrust proceedings to investigate whether five international publishers (Hacette Livre, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Macmillan) engaged in anti-competitive, illegal agreements for the sale of e-books.

Brian Sher, Cyrus Mehta.

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.

Brian Sher, Cyrus Mehta.