EU Commission publishes findings on VBER evaluation

On 8 September 2020, the European Commission (‘Commission’) published a Staff Working Document in which it summarised the conclusions of the evaluation of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (‘VBER’) and the accompanying Vertical Guidelines. The evaluation – launched on 3 October 2018 – was aimed at gathering views from stakeholders to determine whether the current … Read more

The European Green Deal and its implications for regulation, State aid and competition policy: Do the rules need to change?

This blog post is an adapted version of a briefing paper prepared with the economics consultancy, Oxera, in connection with our joint webinar event on the European Green Deal and its implications for regulation, State aid and competition policy.  The webinar, which will feature speakers from the European Commission, the judiciary and private practice, will … Read more

CMA win in competition director disqualification case

In the first application by the CMA for a competition disqualification order to reach the courts, the High Court, on 3 July 2020, imposed a competition director disqualification order for a period of 7 years on Mr Michael Martin, a former director of Gary Berryman Estate Agents, and ordered an interim payment of costs of … Read more

CMA’s continued focus on resale price maintenance

On 29 June 2020 the CMA imposed total fines of £5.8 million for resale price maintenance (RPM) in the musical instruments and equipment sector, in three separate cases.  This follows the fines imposed in August last year on Casio (£3.7 million) and in January this year on Fender (£4.5 million) for similar conduct and brings … Read more

Views on an evolving automotive industry: Responding to competition law challenges

The automotive industry is unquestionably evolving at considerable pace, whether through advances in connectivity and autonomy in vehicles, developments in the way that consumers access and use vehicles or changes driven by the “electric revolution” and the unprecedented industry disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the latest article in a series entitled “Views on … Read more

UK Supreme Court strongly affirms compensatory principle in competition law damages actions and recognises the utility of estimation in the context of pass-on quantification

On 17 June 2020, the UK Supreme Court handed down judgment in a consolidated set of appeals in the multi-lateral interchange fees litigation. In Sainsbury’s v Visa and others and Sainsbury’s v Mastercard and others the Court considered a number of issues relevant to competition litigation. A key element of the judgment relates to the … Read more