Jurisdiction: Europe

Speaking in Paris earlier this year, Joaquin Almunia, EC’s competition policy chief, signalled a warning to companies that have “essential” patents for standards in particular fields that they are obliged to license them on “fair,...

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Once Kellogg’s pops it can’t stop!

May 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

After announcing in February that it would acquire potato chip business Pringles for US$2.7 billion, Kellogg’s received clearance for its acquisition by the European Commission. The sale not only adds Pringles to the Kellogg’s store cupboard,...

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The ongoing investigation into the global automotive parts cartel is considered to be the largest in history. At this stage the regulators investing the alleged cartel conduct include the US’ Department of Justice (DoJ), the...

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French regulator redresses salad cartel

April 1, 2012 | 1 Comments

France’s Competition Authority (the Autorité de la Concurrence), has fined 11 French endive growers and several of their professional bodies 3.6 million euros (approximately AUD4.8 million) for taking part in a price-fixing cartel.  The Authority...

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On 2 February 2012, the European Union General Court rejected appeals brought by The Dow Chemical Company, EI du Pont de Nemours and Company, and Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (and a number of their...

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