Shoppers to pay for superstore shake-up – The Times

Posted February 15th, 2008 in competition, news by sally

“Supermarkets are to face public shaming and huge fines if they use their size to force down prices paid to their suppliers, the Competition Commission will announce today.”

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The Times, 15th February, 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Consumers warned on data loss compensation packs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 12th, 2008 in competition, data protection, news by sally

“Victims of Government data loss are being encouraged to buy packs claiming to help them claim compensation. Thousands have paid out, but privacy lawyers have warned that success is very unlikely.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th February 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

College of Law threatens SRA with anti-diversity suit – The Lawyer

Posted February 4th, 2008 in competition, legal education, minorities, news by sally

“The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) has been attacked for taking action that will undermine the diversity of the British legal profession.”

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The Lawyer, 4th February 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Watchdog reveals payment protection profits – The Times

Posted January 29th, 2008 in competition, insurance, news by sally

“Insurance policies designed to protect consumers against a loss of income are so profitable that the lenders who sell them can earn revenue of £1,200 on a policy that can cost only £20 to sell, a report by competition authorities revealed yesterday.”

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The Times, 29th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

3 fails in court bid to uncover evidence of alleged collusion – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in competition, disclosure, news, telecommunications by sally

“Mobile phone network 3 has been refused permission to force its rivals to disclose emails and documents in a process that would have cost each of them £200,000. The High Court ruled that 3’s requests were not specific enough.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Regulator rules out energy probe – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2008 in competition, energy, news by sally

“Energy regulator Ofgem has said that it has no concerns about anti-competitive behaviour in the UK, despite consumers bracing themselves for rising bills.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ofcom flags concerns over pay-TV market – The Times

Posted December 18th, 2007 in competition, media, news by sally

“The communications regulator has identified ‘warning signs’ for future competition in the British pay-television market”.

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The Times, 18th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Microsoft faces new antitrust challenge in Europe – OUT-Law.com

Posted December 17th, 2007 in competition, EC law, internet by sally

“A small Norwegian web browser firm has complained to the European Commission that Microsoft’s behaviour is damaging competition in Europe.”

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OUT-Law.com, 17th December 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

Inquiry conclusions on Sky’s ITV stake are expected soon – The Times

Posted December 12th, 2007 in competition, media, news by sally

“John Hutton, the Business and Enterprise Secretary, is expected to publish within the next week the Competition Commission’s conclusions from its inquiry into the legitimacy of BSkyB’s shareholding in ITV.”

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The Times, 12th December 2007
Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Mobile phone rivals accused of colluding against 3 – The Times

Posted December 5th, 2007 in competition, law reports, telecommunications by sally

“Britain’s four biggest mobile phone operators used their own industry trade body as a forum for colluding to shut rival 3 out of the UK market, the High Court heard yesterday.”

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The Times, 5th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Regina (Law Society) v Legal Services Commission; Dexter Montague and Partners (a Firm) v Same – Times Law Reports

Posted December 3rd, 2007 in competition, EC law, law reports, legal services by sally

Regina (Law Society) v Legal Services Commission

“The virtually unlimited unilateral power of amendment given to the Legal Services Commission in its new unified contract with solicitors wishing to undertake publicly funded civil work was incompatible with the requirement of transparency in the award of contracts by public authorities.”

The Times, 3rd December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication. 

R (Law Society) v Legal Services Commission; Dexter Montague and Partners (a firm) v Same – WLR Daily

Posted November 30th, 2007 in competition, EC law, law reports, legal services by sally

R (Law Society) v Legal Services Commission; Dexter Montague and Partners (a firm) v Same [2007] EWCA Civ 1264 

The unilateral power of amendment given to the Legal Services Commission in its new unified contract with solicitors wishing to undertake publicly funded civil work was incompatible with the requirement of transparency in the award of contracts by public authorities.”

WLR Daily, 30th November 2007

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.

Tesco ordered by watchdog to push for quick sale of former Slough Co-op – The Times

Posted November 29th, 2007 in competition, news by sally

“Tesco has been ordered by the Competition Commission to appoint an independent third party to sell a former Co-op store in Slough after the supermarket giant failed to find a buyer and was accused of reducing competition in the area.”

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The Times, 29th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

OFT publishes recommendations on private actions in competition law – Office of Fair Trading

Posted November 27th, 2007 in competition, consumer protection, press releases by sally

“The OFT has … published recommendations to Government to improve the effectiveness of redress for consumers and businesses that have suffered loss as a result of breaches of competition law. The recommendations follow an informal consultation on an OFT discussion paper published in April.”

Press release 

Office of Fair Trading, 26th November 2007

Source: www.oft.gov.uk

Related link: Private Actions in Competition Law (pdf)

Dawn of a new era – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 5th, 2007 in competition, legal profession, legal services, special report by sally

“As the Legal Services Bill reaches its final Parliamentary lap, Neil Rose looks at what concessions the government has made to ensure this groundbreaking legislation becomes law.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th October 2007

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Commission’s bold decision will make IT giants tremble – The Times

Posted September 18th, 2007 in competition, EC law, news by sally

“Thirteen judges signalled bad luck for so-called superdominant companies yesterday and confirmed Europe as the world’s most hostile arena for private sector titans.”

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The Times, 18th September 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Train ticket increases could breach law – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2007 in competition, news, railways by sally

“Rail fare increases could breach competition law if passengers are left carrying an excessive share of the cost of running the railways, the industry regulator warned yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 30th August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Two supermarkets in e-mail probe – BBC News

Posted August 20th, 2007 in competition, news by sally

“Two of the UK’s supermarket giants have been ordered to hand over millions of e-mails and letters as part of a Competition Commission investigation.”

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BBC News, 18th August 2007

BAA under the spotlight – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2007 in airlines, competition, news by sally

“BAA today faced renewed calls for it to be broken up it as a competition inquiry that will determine its future entered a crucial phase.”

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The Guardian, 9th August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New monopoly probe to mull BAA break-up – The Times

Posted August 9th, 2007 in airlines, competition, news by sally

“The quality of service received by passengers and airlines at Heathrow airport will come under the scrutiny of the UK’s competition regulator, as part of a wide-ranging investigation into the country’s largest airports operator.”

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The Times, 9th August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk