Competition and Antitrust

Meet the Co-chairs - TAGLAW

Dekker, Cees
Nysingh advocaten-notarissen N.V.

Hill, Christopher S.
Kirton McConkie, PC

Hauck, Dieter
Preslmayr Rechtsanwälte

Competition and Antitrust

Prelmayr’s Dieter Hauck has contributed to the Austria chapter in ICLG’s (International Comparative Legal Guides) Competition Litigation Laws and Regulations 2020 Guide. The guide covers issues in competition litigation law in 30 jurisdictions.

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Author: Marco Hickey

Guidelines for national courts on how to estimate the share of overcharge passed on to the indirect purchaser, known as the Passing-on Guidelines, have been published by the European Commission.
The Guidelines are intended to offer practical guidance on how to estimate the passing-on of overcharges under EU Directive 2014/104 (Damages Directive).

The damages Directive was introduced in 2014 to make it easier for victims of competition infringements to claim compensation before national courts in EU Member States. The Damages Directive was implemented into Irish law through the European Union (Actions for Damages for Infringements of Competition Law) Regulations 2017.

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Author: Simon Stokes

Competition authorities around the world have been struggling with how to regulate online platforms. Concerns have been raised about firms’ use of people’s data, the market power or ‘gatekeeper’ status of certain platforms, the use of increasingly sophisticated technology to target advertising, and the risk of so-called ‘killer acquisitions’ – big companies buying smaller innovative ones with a view to extinguishing them as potential rivals. And all the time consumers’ reliance on these services is increasing.

Read more: Digital advertising, AdTech and personal data - the CMA as well as ICO to take action

On 26 February 2019, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims outlined the ACCC’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Priorities for 2019.

Tom Griffith, partner, Tania Maystrenko, associate and Meshal Althobaiti, lawyer, provide a summary of the key focus areas and sectors being targeted.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) 2019 Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Priorities was released last week as part of ACCC Chairman Rod Sims’ annual address to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. The policy details the areas that the ACCC will prioritise for investigation, enforcement and reform over the next year. It is evident the ACCC will be active and thorough in pursuing the areas it has nominated for particular focus.

Read more: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) 2019 Compliance and Enforcement Policy...

In light of growing calls for the introduction of penalties for the unfair terms in standard form contracts.

Partner, Sarah Johnson, examines emerging themes in the consideration of unfair contract terms

Calls for Reform

On 25 January 2019, Labor announced that it plans to make it illegal and impose fines of up to $10 million on suppliers caught putting unfair terms into contracts with small business. This announcement follows a number of recent statements by the ACCC, including by Mr Rod Sims, the Chair of the ACCC, at a speech to the National Small Business Summit in which he stated that the current unfair contracts protections for small business in the Australian Consumer Law have two fundamental problems:

Read more: What will a tougher Unfair Contracts Regime mean for Suppliers? Emerging Trends in Interpretation...