Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom) which brought proceedings against hotel booking platforms (ie, Booking.com, HRS and Expedia) for imposing parity clauses
A recent European Court of Justice decision confirms that businesses can be liable for cartelising products that they do not even have in their portfolio and in jurisdictions in which they are not active, provided that there is an anti-competitive agreement with an overall plan covering multiple products and geographies and that the undertaking participated directly in the execution of some parts of the agreement and was aware of the other parts of the agreement.
The European Commission recently announced a public consultation on proposals to reform the EU merger control regime, including streamlining the process by which cases are referred between the commission and member states. The proposed measures are likely to place a significant burden on companies, as well as increasing the workload of the commission and national authorities.
The European Court of First Instance has dismissed an appeal brought by Wirtschaftskammer Kärnten and best connect Ampere Strompool GmbH against the European Commission's decision to grant conditional clearance to the Verbund/EnergieAllianz merger.
The European Commission has published the full text of its decision to grant conditional clearance in relation to T-Mobile Austria GmbH's acquisition of Tele.Ring Unternehmensgruppe. The case constitutes the first gap case since the EC Merger Regulation was recast in 2004.