Author Archives: stakheyeva

Reminder: merger procedural rules are important

In July 2017 the European Commission (EC) launched investigations into alleged breaches of EU merger procedural rules by Merck and Sigma-Aldrich, General Electric, and Canon, in particular by providing incorrect or misleading information by the first two companies; and by implementing a merger before notification and clearance by the latter company. This is just another reminder for […]

Patent settlement agreements in pharma: EC’s preliminary view on Teva/Cephalon

On 17 July 2017 the European Commission (EC) sent Statement of Objections to pharmaceutical company Teva with its preliminary view that a patent settlement agreement concluded with Cephalon was in breach of EU competition law. Under the agreement, Teva committed not to market a cheaper generic version of Cephalon’s drug for sleep disorders, modafinil. In […]

Developments On Vertical Agreements In Turkey: Draft Guidelines Are Open To Public Consultations

On 20 July 2017, the Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA“) announced its draft amendments to the Guidelines on Vertical Agreements (“Draft Guidelines“) on its website and provided the opportunity to the interested parties, including both the consumers and the undertakings, which are active in the markets that the amendments relate to, either to explain the market structure […]

CONTROVERSIAL EXCESSIVE PRICING: THE TCA IS INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ABUSE OF DOMINANCE BY SAHIBINDEN

On 5 June 2017 the Turkish Competition Authority launched an investigation into alleged abuse of dominance by Sahibinden.com via implementing excessive pricing. The case is expected to shed a light on such a debated issue as to what extend the excessive pricing shall be considered as a violation of competition law (if at all), as […]

GOOGLE & EU RECORD ANTITRUST FINE

On 27 June 2017 the European Commission decided to impose an unprecedented EUR 2,42 billion fine on Google (Google Inc. and Alphabet Inc.) for  an abuse of dominance by favouring its own shopping service/ads in internet searches (comparison shopping market). Previous EC record antitrust fine on a single company was EUR 1,06 billion for Intel […]

CLAIMING DAMAGES FOR A DELAY IN DECIDING ANTITRUST CASES – SUCCESSFUL!

On 7 of June 2017 the General Court of the EU ordered the EU to pay a glass company Guardian Europe approx. USD 730 000 in damages for a delay in deciding on the antitrust case against the company. The ruling also clarifies what an appropriate length of time for dealing with cases concerning the […]

AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR: €27 MILLION FINE IN A CAR LIGHTNING SYSTEMS CARTEL SETTLEMENT IN THE EU

On 21 June 2017 the European Commission sanctioned car lightning system producers a total of EUR 26 744 000 for participating in a cartel. One of the cartel participants was fully immune from fines due to leniency application. All cartel participants admitted their fault and agreed to settle as a result of which their fine […]