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In a speech delivered at the College of Europe in Bruges on 14 January 2013, Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Commissioner responsible for Competition, stated that the Commission hopes to settle around half of its outstanding cartel investigations in 2013, using the settlement procedure instituted in July 2008.
On 24 January 2013, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee of the European Parliament endorsed a new Regulation setting out customs procedures for goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights.
Privacy and data protection continue to be an exploding area of focus for regulators in the United States and beyond.
From 1 April 2013, UK companies will be able to elect into a new regime that applies a lower rate of corporation tax to profits from qualifying intellectual property rights.
On 29 November 2012, the EU General Court issued a provisional order suspending the European Commission’s decision to communicate to the High Court of England and Wales a copy of Alstom’s reply to the statement of objections in the gas insulated switchgear cartel.
The shale gas sector in the UK is still in its infancy, but the UK government has announced recently new measures and incentives to encourage its growth.
The compensation limits on Tribunal awards will increase as of 1 February 2013.
In this issue (inter alia): European Commission to review misleading and comparative advertising directive; Information Commissioner’s office publishes report on enforcement of new cookie rules; Scrabble tile trade mark declared invalid.
The European Commission has published an Action Plan on European company law and corporate governance for 2013.
Recently China’s National Development and Reform Commission imposed an RMB353 million (USD 56.7 million) penalty against an international price-fixing cartel of LCD manufacturers, the largest the NDRC has ever imposed for antitrust infringement.
At the end of 2012, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in China adopted the Decision on Strengthening Protection of Online Information.
The UK Supreme Court has provided guidance about issues of importance for employers wishing to dismiss a UK employee.
The network of European antitrust regulators, the European Competition Network, has revised its model leniency programme for cartels.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that the financing of infrastructure projects is subject to the European State aid rules.
In this issue: Unitranche in a time crunch; protect your valuable brands.
Looking ahead to 2013, directors, executives and general counsel of public companies can take some solace from the fact that 2012 was not a year in which a large number of significant new disclosure rules or governance requirements were adopted.
Polish legislators have confirmed their commitment to change significantly the provisions of the Polish Competition Act.
The European Commission recently proposed a directive with the aim of accelerating progress to greater gender equality in corporate boardrooms.
On 14 November, the EU General Court ruled that the European Commission had been too broad when setting out its mandate for the carrying out of dawn raids at the offices of companies in France and Italy.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has held that employment law in the United Kingdom does not adequately protect individuals from dismissal as a result of their political beliefs or affiliations.