Competition Quarterly - July 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 edition of the Competition Quarterly publication - an e-bulletin from the competition group at Stevens & Bolton LLP.

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Gustaf Duhs, Maliha Carey
  1. European Commission fines Google 2.42 billion Euros for breaching EU competition law by abusing its dominant position

    The European Commission (the “Commission”) has fined Google €2.42 billion, the largest EU fine imposed on a company for infringing EU competition law. The Commission considers that Google abused its dominant position as a search engine by... Read more
  2. The Competition Appeals Tribunal finds that the Law Society abused its dominant market position

    The Competition Appeals Tribunal (the “CAT”) found in its ruling of 26 May 2017 that the Law Society of England and Wales (the “Law Society”) abused its dominant market position by requiring law firms accredited under its Conveyancing... Read more
  3. European Commission publishes its final report on the e-commerce sector enquiry

    On 10 May 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry. The report deals with factual findings and competition concerns in relation to consumer goods and separately digital content.... Read more
  4. European Commission opens three investigations into suspected competition law infringements in e-commerce

    The European Commission (the “Commission”) has formally opened the following three investigations into suspected competition law infringements in e-commerce: The Commission is investigating whether Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer... Read more
  5. CMA warns that "no business is beyond the reach of competition enforcement"

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) stepped up its enforcement activity significantly in 2016, and its annual plan for 2017/18 indicates that it will continue to do so.

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  6. CMA action leads to change in BMW's policy on car comparison sites

    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has decided not to open a formal investigation into BMW UK following an initial assessment and BMW’s subsequent decision to reverse its policy of preventing its dealers from listing BMW and MINI vehicles on online car portals.  The online car portal carwow, which links customers with dealers for the purchase of vehicles, had asked the CMA to investigate whether BMW’s policy amounted to an infringement of competition law.

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  7. Court of Justice of the European Union hears case on internet sales bans

    On 30 March, the Court of Justice of the European Union heard a case relating to a dispute in Germany between a luxury perfumer, Coty, and one of its distributors, regarding the legality of preventing members of a selective distribution system from selling on an internet marketplace such as eBay or Amazon.

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