Focus Antitrust: Competition Weekly Email Alert - 03 October 2012

Author:Mr Paul Stone
Profession:Charles Russell LLP
 
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Dawn raids in lead recycling sector

European Commission officials have conducted unannounced inspections at the premises of several purchasers of lead scrap (used to produce recycled lead) in a number of member states, following a suspected breach of Article 101. Click here.

Statement of objections issued in suspected food packaging cartel

The European Commission has sent a statement of objections to 13 companies that it suspects have participated in an illegal cartel in relation to food packaging. Click here.

Virgin Atlantic appeals Commission's conditional approval in IAG/bmi merger

Virgin Atlantic Airways has lodged an appeal challenging the European Commission's decision to grant conditional approval to the acquisition by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) of British Midlands Limited (bmi). Virgin alleges that the Commission incorrectly assessed the counterfactual situation that it used to consider the merger and made a number of further material errors in its competitive assessment. Click here.

EU

Article 101/102

The General Court has dismissed an appeal by Guardian against the European Commission's decision fining them for participation in the flat glass cartel. Click here. Akzo Nobel is appealing a European Commission decision which rejected a request for confidential treatment in respect of the decision on the bleaching chemicals cartel. In particular, Akzo Nobel is challenging the publication of an extended non-confidential version of the cartel decision which contains information from its leniency application. Click here. Mergers

The European Commission has granted conditional approval to the acquisition of Milk Link by Arla, having found that the merger would combine the two leading suppliers of long-life milk in the UK, significantly reducing competition in...

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