FCO opens new proceedings against Facebook

The German FCO has not lost its appetite to take on major tech companies. Today, it has announced that it has initiated abuse proceedings against Facebook to examine the linkage between Oculus virtual reality products and Facebooks’ social network. Read more

The UK gears up for Public Procurement outside the EU

The Government continues to prepare the ground for the regulation of public procurement after the Brexit transition period expires on 31 December 2020.  On 19 November it enacted the Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020) (PPAR 2020).  These amend the existing UK procurement regulations in order to reflect the fact that the UK … Read more

The European Commission fines Cephalon and Teva €60.5 million in its fourth “pay-for-delay” decision

The European Commission (EC) has fined Teva and Cephalon a total of €60.5 million for concluding a “pay-for-delay” settlement agreement that delayed the market entry of a generic version of modafinil (a drug used for sleep disorders). “Pay-for-delay” agreements, whereby a generic company agrees to restrict or delay its independent entry into the market in … Read more

CJEU confirms Pirelli’s parental liability in Power Cables Cartel

On 28 October 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) dismissed in its entirety an appeal brought by Pirelli & C. SpA (Pirelli) against a General Court ruling which confirmed Pirelli’s joint and several liability in the 2014 power cables cartel. The CJEU confirmed the General Court’s findings that the Commission was entitled … Read more

Handle with care: Sensitive personal data in antitrust investigations

“Documents which are not linked to Facebook Ireland Ltd’s business activities and which contain sensitive personal data shall be placed in a virtual data room which shall be accessible to as limited a number as possible of members of the team responsible for the investigation”. On 29 October 2020, in two identical orders, 1  the … Read more

Prime Suspect? European Commission launches second parallel investigation against Amazon

On 10 November 2020, the European Commission (the Commission) announced that it had issued a Statement of Objections to Amazon in its investigation into Amazon’s use of non-public data of sellers gathered from its marketplace platform to the benefit of its competing retail businesses. Simultaneously, the Commission launched a second formal investigation into Amazon’s possible … Read more