On 6 December 2011, the European Commission announced its review of the antitrust rules on assessment of technology transfer agreements which includes patent, know-how and software licensing.
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.
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.
The Commission has imposed fines totalling 161m on four producers of refrigeration compressors for operating an illegal cartel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The UK market for auditing services over the past decade has been dominated by four large firms.