Draft parliamentary proposals

Two preliminary documents from the European Parliament were put into circulation in April – a working document by the Economic and Financial Affairs Committee and a draft opinion from the Legal Affairs Committee.

Virtuous price discrimination, pharmaceuticals, and parallel trade

Where products differ—for example, in size, chemistry, or distance required to transport—prices often differ naturally, even in the most competitive of markets.

When broadly endorsing the Commission’s approval of SEB’s takeover of the insolvent Moulinex, the CFI made three findings of general significance:

Nordic cooperation

Private remedies in England: a bitter pill for Mr Arkin

On 10 April, Colman J gave judgment in what is believed to be the first private action for damages for breach of article 82 to go all the way in the High Court.

Competition law versus IP: the battle continues

The perennial tug of war between intellectual property rights and competition law has surfaced once again in the UK in the case of Intel Corporation v VIA Technologies .

Australia’s High Court has ruled that below-cost pricing is not unlawful under section 46 of the Trade Practices Act 1974 unless the company involved has substantial market power (ACCC v Boral Masonry Ltd, 7 February 2003) .

A first analysis of the practical consequences of Regulation 1/2003 for the international business community

Forty years ago, Regulation No 17/62 created a requirement that all restrictive agreements be notified to the European Commission, and gave the Commission exclusive power to exempt those agreements.

A practical view of the pros and cons of the EU and US leniency programmes

On 14 February 2002, the European Commission issued a notice that made its leniency policy in cartel cases more predictable and transparent.

The French experience of competition and sectoral regulation in the EU context

Sectors in which the French competition authorities - the Conseil de la Concurrence and the DGCCRF division of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance - have to share their powers with sector-specific regulators include audiovisual, telecoms, banking, investment, insurance and electricity.

The boundaries of permission to appeal judgments of the Competition Commission Appeals Tribunal: lessons learned from the Napp case

The Napp case was a Competition Act 1998 first in two respects.

Bank cards provide an appropriate model for introducing competition into inter-bank payment systems

This article argues for the more widespread adoption of competitive supply in the clearing and settlement industry.

The competition law implications of retailers’ category management

Category management is a form of cooperation between a manufacturer and a retailer, usually a “multiple,” to rationalise pricing and promotion strategies for an entire category of products - say, washing powders - to ensure maximum efficiency and boost sales.

Companies House recently introduced an Internet-based paid-for service supplying visitors with information about companies.