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Antitrust Matters — April 2014: state aid; cartel facilitators; Belgium’s Competition Authority; exercising patent rights; and more
DLA Piper has released the second issue of its global competition and antitrust law newsletter Antitrust Matters.
An important message to all tax planners: the European Commission’s directorate-general for competition has declared war on ‘fiscal optimisation’.
DLA Piper has published the first edition of its global competition newsletter, Antitrust Matters.
This year promises to be another in which corporate purchasing departments work hard to keep costs down while vendors try to increase their margins.
On 15 January 2014, the new established Italian Transport Authority (ITA) — Autorità di Regolazione dei Trasporti — became operative.
Competition authorities in Europe are clamping down on restrictions or bans on online sales, especially sales over internet platforms such as Amazon and eBay.
The place of supply rules determine where businesses are obliged to register, collect and remit VAT due on their supplies and in which member state.
Antitrust authorities in Europe are getting more and more rigid with regard to clauses that restrict or ban online sales.
Antitrust agencies amend premerger notification rules to clarify reporting of acquisitions of pharmaceutical patent rights
The new rules may cause an uptick in premerger notification filings in the pharmaceutical industry.
Today’s update looks at the status of competition law in three countries: Brazil, Spain and Italy.
The court’s conclusion in favour of upholding the agreement can be seen as a further re-affirmation of the principles of freedom of contract.
No-one expects to be handed a search warrant by a federal agent at the office, yet it is happening more frequently than ever before.
Since 2002, airports and airlines have negotiated the terms and conditions of use of aeronautical services without any regulatory intervention or oversight.
ACCC v Bytecard Pty Ltd concerned the T&Cs in use during the period from 1 January 2011 to April 2013.
Joint venture structures are frequently used to undertake large resources projects. A joint venture may be used to both develop a project and sell the output from a project.
The European Commission has published a proposed directive on rules governing private damages actions in the EU.
Users of open-access supply chains frequently seek to collectively negotiate various arrangements between themselves and with the supply-chain operator.
On 6 May 2013, the ACCC released the updated draft authorisation guidelines.
With the Eurozone crisis continuing to dominate the headlines of every news outlet across the EU-27 and globally, you can’t help but feel a sense of almost panic and despair in Brussels over how to cure the many issues that remain in the Eurozone crisis.
While in most M&A transactions it is standard practice for a Purchaser to insist on non-compete and non-solicitation restrictions from the Vendor, one does need to ensure they are drafting within what is deemed permissible to ensure they are enforceable and avoid risk fines under EU competition law.