Lighting company fined for breaching competition law through online price restrictions – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in competition, fines, internet, news, price fixing by tracey

‘A lighting supplier has been fined £2.7 million for requiring retailers to use a minimum price when selling its products online.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st June 2017

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‘Excessive pricing’ and pharmaceuticals – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 12th, 2017 in competition, markets, medicines, news, price fixing by sally

‘After years of limited focus on ‘excessive pricing’, in December 2016 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took one decision finding that such an abuse of dominance had occurred, and issued a statement of objections in another case. Does this reflect a broad policy shift, or a reaction to specific cases of perceived opportunistic behaviour?’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th June 2017

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Date set for Supreme Court hearing in minimum alcohol pricing case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 2nd, 2017 in alcohol abuse, appeals, news, price fixing, Scotland, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will hear the dispute over the planned introduction of alcohol minimum pricing in Scotland in July, it has been confirmed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd May 2017

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When is an antitrust/competition claim caught by an arbitration clause? The Microsoft Mobile decision – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted March 9th, 2017 in agreements, arbitration, competition, contracts, news, price fixing, sale of goods by sally

‘The decision of the High Court in Microsoft Mobile Oy (Ltd) v Sony offers some helpful guidance as to when a competition law tort claim will be caught by an arbitration clause in a sale or supply agreement.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 7th March 2017

Source: www.competitionbulletin.com

Model agencies fined £1.5m by competition watchdog for price-fixing – The Independent

Posted December 19th, 2016 in competition, fines, news, price fixing by sally

‘Modelling agencies who have represented clients including Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss have been fined a total of £1.5 million for price-fixing, the competition watchdog said today.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2016

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Can several wrongs make a right? Gallaher v CMA in the Court of Appeal – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted July 29th, 2016 in competition, news, penalties, price fixing by tracey

‘When a public body makes a mistake in its treatment of one person, can fairness require it to treat other people in the same way – even if that means amplifying the effects of the mistake?’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 27th July 2016

Source: www.competitionbulletin.com

High Court throws out 65,000 ‘highly irresponsible’ price-fixing claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 29th, 2015 in abuse of process, airlines, appeals, class actions, news, price fixing, striking out by sally

‘The High Court has thrown out almost 65,000 claims brought on behalf of Chinese businesses after finding the firm acting had no authority to do so.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th October 2015

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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

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

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

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

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

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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

Source: www.competitionbulletin.com

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

Source: www.competitionbulletin.com

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

Source: www.competitionbulletin.com