CMA to investigate competition law violation by estate agent trade association and members – Zenith Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2014 in competition, estate agents, fees, news, price fixing by sally

‘The Competition and Markets Authority has announced that it will probe as a priority suspected anticompetitive agreements involving three companies and a trade association operating in the property sales and lettings sector. The investigation puts under the spotlight possible violations of competition law relating to the setting and advertising of fees by estate agents. The CMA has concerns that the arrangements restricted choice for consumers and their ability to compare prices and value for money.’

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Zenith Chambers, 11th December 2014

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High Court tests the limits of confidentiality in EC infringement decisions – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2014 in airlines, confidentiality, disclosure, EC law, judgments, news, price fixing by sally

‘The European Commission came in for some stern criticism from the High Court this week, in a case which looks set to test the boundaries of confidentiality in EC infringement decisions: see Emerald Supplies v BA [2014] EWHC 3515 (Ch).’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 30th October 2014

Source: www.competitionbulletin.com

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Energy price riggers to face jail under new proposals – BBC News

‘Anyone found guilty of rigging wholesale gas and electricity prices faces up to two years in jail, under new proposals by the government.’

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BBC News, 6th August 2014

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Tobacco decision: the Court of Appeal emphasises finality – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted April 8th, 2014 in appeals, competition, news, price fixing, tribunals by sally

‘The Court of Appeal yesterday delivered a judgment that should finally draw a line under one of the Office of Fair Trading’s more troublesome cases – and which will presumably bring a great sigh of relief from the Competition and Markets Authority, the body that has now taken over the OFT’s functions.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 8th April 2014

Source: www.competitionbulletin.com

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UK firms cleared of gas price manipulation – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2013 in competition, energy, financial regulation, news, price fixing, select committees by tracey

“Regulators have found no evidence of price manipulation in the UK wholesale gas market after an investigation.”

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BBC News, 7th November 2013

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Energy price cap – is it legal? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 30th, 2013 in competition, EC law, energy, news, parliament, price fixing by sally

“You would have to be living under a rock to avoid Mr Milliband’s recent announcement that energy costs would, if he were elected in 2015, be capped for 20 months. Unsurprisingly, this has caused uproar on a political level between energy companies warning of blackouts and company failures and the Labour party who maintain it is a viable option. The question which really needs to be asked here is whether or not the government is legally entitled to do this?”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th September 2013

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Energy price cap – is it legal? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 27th, 2013 in energy, legislation, news, parliament, price fixing by tracey

“You would have to be living under a rock to avoid Mr Milliband’s recent announcement that energy costs would, if he were elected in 2015, be capped for 20 months. Unsurprisingly, this has caused uproar on a political level between energy companies warning of blackouts and company failures and the Labour party who maintain it is a viable option. The question which really needs to be asked here is whether or not the government is legally entitled to do this?”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th September 2013

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Stores ‘fixed sports bra prices’ – BBC News

Posted September 23rd, 2013 in competition, consumer protection, news, ombudsmen, price fixing by sally

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has accused three major department stores of colluding with a manufacturer to fix the price of sports bras.”

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BBC News, 20th September 2013

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Ofgem widens investigation into alleged rigging of gas and power markets – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2013 in competition, energy, inquiries, news, price fixing, whistleblowers by tracey

“The energy watchdog, Ofgem, has widened its investigation into alleged manipulation of gas and power markets and warned that doubts over price-setting could lead to higher household bills.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2013

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SFO considers criminal inquiry into alleged price fixing by oil firms – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2013 in energy, inquiries, news, price fixing, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office said on Thursday it is considering a criminal inquiry into alleged price fixing at BP and other oil companies already being investigated by European competition authorities.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2013

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Appeals on the merits: only pick a hole if you can fill it – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted March 11th, 2013 in appeals, competition, judicial review, news, price fixing, tribunals by sally

“In his recent blog ‘Down the rabbit hole,’ Tom Richards described the ‘quasi judicial review within an appeal’ contained in s.193(7) Communications Act 2003 as something of a Wonderland.”

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 11th March 2013

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Tesco scores partial victory in cheese cartel – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted December 21st, 2012 in competition, food, news, price fixing by tracey

“In a judgment handed down this afternoon, the Competition Appeal Tribunal largely upheld Tesco’s appeal against the OFT’s decision that it had participated in unlawful agreements relating to the price of cheese: see Tesco Stores Ltd v Office of Fair Trading [2012] CAT 31.”

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 21st December 2012

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Competition law and the National Health Service – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 9th, 2012 in competition, health, news, price fixing by sally

“On 16 August 2012 the Office of Fair Trading revealed that eight NHS trusts had been engaged in the exchange of commercially sensitive information. The information related to the price each would charge self-paying patients, or patients’ insurers, for treatment in a hospital operated by an NHS trust when that treatment was privately funded. The file was closed when the OFT received assurances that the information exchange had ceased and that the parties would provide their staff with training on competition law compliance.”

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 8th October 2012

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BA fuel surcharge fine halved by OFT – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2012 in airlines, consumer protection, fines, news, price fixing by tracey

“The Office of Fair Trading has more than halved a £121.5m fine levied against British Airways for colluding with Virgin Atlantic in a fuel surcharge scam. The consumer watchdog reduced the fine to £58.5m to reflect new guidelines for financial sanctions and BA’s co-operation with the inquiry. Virgin Atlantic escaped any penalty because it blew the whistle on the collusion over setting fuel surcharges between 2004 and 2006.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2012

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Tribunal hands down key privilege ruling in OFT dairy pricing case – Legal Week

Posted March 26th, 2012 in competition, news, price fixing, privilege, tribunals by sally

“The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has held that confidentiality under litigation privilege applies to Competition Act investigations, in a key ruling in the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT’s) long-running investigation into dairy retail pricing.”

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Legal Week, 26th March 2012

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OFT issues fines to companies that exchanged dairy price information – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 10th, 2011 in competition, fines, news, price fixing by sally

“Supermarkets that collaborated in attempting to drive the cost of dairy products up after exchanging price information have been fined by the UK’s competition regulator.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th August 2011

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Court of Appeal dismisses US-style class action bid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 26th, 2010 in airlines, class actions, news, price fixing by sally

“The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt to bring a US-style class action against British Airways for participating in an airfreight price-fixing cartel, just nine days after the European Commission (EC) fined the airline more than €100m (£85m) for its role in the cartel and told claimants that they could seek damages in national courts.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th November 2010

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Emerald Supplies Ltd and another v British Airways plc – WLR Daily

Emerald Supplies Ltd and another v British Airways plc [2010] EWCA Civ 1284; [2010] WLR (D) 294

“For a case to fall within CPR r 19.6, a claimant who had brought a representative action on behalf of the claimant and other representative claimants had to show at all stages of the proceedings that the interest of the claimant and all potential represented claimants was same.”

WLR Daily, 19th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

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Drug companies ‘exploit legal loophole’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 17th, 2010 in medicines, news, price fixing by sally

“Senior doctors have written to David Cameron calling for action over a legal loophole that enables drug companies to set ‘exorbitant prices’ for drugs to treat rare diseases.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2010

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OFT launches online hotel booking probe – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 24th, 2010 in competition, hotels, internet, news, price fixing by sally

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is investigating whether the sale of hotel room bookings on the internet breaches competition law, looking into whether an allegedly long-established pricing mechanism is anti-competitive.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th September 2010

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