Competition Quarterly - November 2016

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Competition Quarterly - an e-bulletin from the competition group at Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Gustaf Duhs, Maliha Carey
  1. High Court rules that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without reference to Parliament

    On 3 November 2016, the High Court ruled that the Government cannot trigger the Article 50 process for the UK to exit the European Union (“EU”) without reference to Parliament. The judgment states that the pure legal question before the Court... Read more
  2. The European Commission publishes its preliminary report on the e-commerce sector inquiry

    The European Commission (the “Commission”) published its preliminary report on the e-commerce sector inquiry on 15 September 2016. Key preliminary findings in relation to e-commerce in goods include: Price transparency has the following... Read more
  3. CMA launches market study into digital comparison tools

    On 29 September 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) launched a market study into digital comparison tools (such as price comparison websites and smartphone apps) in order to assess “how they are working for consumers,... Read more
  4. CMA fines commercial refrigeration supplier and bathroom fittings manufacturer for resale price maintenance

      The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has fined ITW Ltd, a supplier of commercial refrigeration equipment, over £2 million and Ultra Finishing Ltd, a bathroom fittings manufacturer, over £780,000 for restricting... Read more
  5. CMA sends statement of objections to Ping for operating an online sales ban

    The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has issued a statement of objections to Ping Europe Limited (“Ping”) alleging that Ping has breached UK and EU competition law by operating an online sales ban, which prevents retailers... Read more
  6. CMA launches campaign to help online sellers avoid breaching competition law ahead of Christmas shopping season

    The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has announced a campaign intended to help online sellers avoid breaching competition law.  This appears to be timed to coincide with the start of the busy Christmas shopping season as well as... Read more
  7. General Court upholds Commission's Lundbeck pay-for-delay decision

    On 8 September 2016, the General Court upheld a decision of the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted in June 2013, finding that ‘pay-for-delay’ agreements entered into by the pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, and four generic... Read more

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