Focus Antitrust - Competition Weekly Email Alert - 03 August 2011

Author:Mr Paul Stone
Profession:Charles Russell LLP

In the News

The CAT has delivered its judgment on appeals by BT and Everything Everwhere against Ofcom's determinations of disputes relating to changes to BT's termination charges for 080 and 0845/0870 numbers. The CAT held that, contrary to Ofcom's determination, BT's price changes are fair and reasonable and that BT had the right to introduce the changes. Click here.

The High Court has ruled that Ofcom did not have the power to vary the 2G and 3G wireless telegraphy licences so that they could be reissued in the name of Everything Everywhere Limited rather than Orange Personal Communications Service Limited, following the merger between Orange and T-Mobile. Click here.


European Courts

Details of two appeals lodged by the European Commission and an appeal by Viega against the judgments of the General Court in relation to the copper fittings cartel have been published. Click here, here and here. The General Court has rejected an application for interim measures in an appeal by Fapricela – Indústria de Trefilaria, SA against the European Commission's decision on the pre-stressing steel cartel. Click here to read the order in French. Article 101/102

Details of an action brought by the Italian cement company Buzzi Unicem to challenge a decision of the European Commission to request information under Article 18 of Regulation 1/2003 have been published in the Official Journal. Click here. Mergers – Cleared

Nycomed/Takeda. Click here. Niscayah/Securitas. Click here. Mergers – Invitation to Comment

HOCHTIEF/GeoSea/Beluga HOCHTIEF Offshore JV. Click here. Molaris/Commerz Real/RWE/Amprion. Click here. F2i/AXA Funds/G6 Rete Gas. Click here. State Aid

The ECJ has dismissed an appeal by Mediaset SpA against the General Court's judgment which had upheld a European Commission decision finding that subsidies granted to consumers in Italy for the purchase of certain digital terrestrial decoders constituted unlawful state aid. Click here. A European Commission notice on state aid recovery interest rates and reference/discount rates for all 27 EU member states applicable from 1 August 2011 has been published in the Official Journal. Click here. The European Commission has published a follow-up consultation on a Draft Framework on state aid to shipbuilding. Click here. UK

Competition Commission

The CC has accepted interim undertakings from both BATS Global Markets Inc and Chi-X Europe in relation to the anticipated acquisition...

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