Anti-competitive agreements


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  • Belgian Competition Authority joins battle against anti-competitive vertical restraints


    Submitted: 11 May 2017

    Belgian Competition Authority fines yeast supplier €5.5m for resale price maintenance, exclusive customer allocation, long-term non-compete obligations and abusive exclusionary practices.

  • Update on competition damages claims

    Conference Call

    Submitted: 10 May 2017

    Experts from the Simmons & Simmons Antitrust Litigation Group across Europe provide an update on this fast moving area, with particular reference to implementation of the EU Damages Directive in the main jurisdictions and the status of “opt-out” class action claims and legislative proposals.

  • Insurance Block Exemption Regulation expired - what now?


    Submitted: 18 April 2017

    The Insurance Block Exemption Regulation exempted specific types of cooperation in the insurance sector from the scope of Article 101 TFEU. On 31 March 2017, the Regulation expired and the Commission will not renew it.

  • European Commission launches anonymous tool for whistleblowers


    Submitted: 29 March 2017

    ​The new tool allows individuals to provide the European Commission with information on antitrust violations while maintaining their anonymity.

  • Entente et échange d’informations entre les loueurs de voiture : l’Autorité de la concurrence prononce un non-lieu


    Submitted: 06 March 2017

    Cette décision, par laquelle l’Autorité considère qu’il n’y a pas d’échanges d’informations stratégiques alors qu’il s’agissait pour certaines, de données tarifaires individuelles, donne de nouvelles clés de lecture de la grille d’analyse traditionnelle.

  • Brexit: the implications for competition law


    Last Reviewed: 09 January 2017 / Submitted: 10 February 2016

    An overview of the possible implications for competition law if the UK exits the EU.

  • Most Favoured Nation clauses in an online context


    Submitted: 05 January 2017

    ​In a decision of 07 November 2016, the Belgian Competition Authority has closed its investigation against real estate website operator Immoweb regarding the “Most Favoured Nation” clauses in its contracts with developers of software for real estate agencies.

  • L’interdiction des accords de pay-for-delay confirmée par le Tribunal de l’UE


    Last Reviewed: 04 November 2016 / Submitted: 27 October 2016

    Le 8 septembre 2016, le Tribunal de l’Union européenne (le « Tribunal ») a rendu un jugement attendu par le secteur pharmaceutique puisqu’il s’est prononcé pour la première fois sur les accords dits de pay-for-delay. Le Tribunal confirme en tous points, y compris le montant de l’amende, l’analyse de la Commission européenne dans sa décision du 19 juin 2013 à l’encontre de Lundbeck et de 4 génériqueurs.

  • Court of Justice confirms that licensors can continue claiming royalties in the event of revocation or non-infringement


    Submitted: 19 October 2016

    Article 101(1) TFEU does not preclude a licensor from continuing to claim royalties from a licensee under a licence agreement in the event of the revocation or non-infringement of the licensed patent, provided that the licensee is freely able to terminate the agreement by giving reasonable notice.

  • When does lobbying become a cartel?


    Submitted: 01 August 2016

    ​The Brussels Court of Appeal has annulled a decision by the Belgian Competition Authority which had established the existence of an anti-competitive agreement between cement groups.

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