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Draft revised vertical regulation and guidelines

Draft revised vertical regulation and guidelines
22/07/2021

The European Commission takes a hard line against online platforms, dual distribution and MFNs

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EU and US Merger review and privacy law: Does the Google/Fitbit decision draw a line in the sand?

EU and US Merger review and privacy law: Does the Google/Fitbit decision draw a line in the sand?
19/07/2021

The interplay between merger enforcement and privacy policy has recently attracted significant attention. The key question is how, if at all, privacy concerns fall within the scope of merger review

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Ms. Carmen Verdonck

The Belgian Competition Authority fines Caudalie EUR 859,310 for imposing resale prices and restricting active and passive sales
05/07/2021

On 6 May 2021, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”)’s Competition College imposed a fine of EUR 859,310 on three undertakings of the Caudalie group. The BCA qualified Caudalie’s imposition of minimum prices and the limitation on active and passive sales on Caudalie’s distributors 

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European Commission Proposal on Foreign Subsidies: Towards a Globalization of EU State Aid Control?

European Commission Proposal on Foreign Subsidies: Towards a Globalization of EU State Aid Control?
19/05/2021

On May 5, 2021, the European Commission unveiled a proposal for a Regulation “on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market.” This legislative initiative is aimed at remedying potential distortions of competition  in the EU

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After Lundbeck: Is the “pay for delay” debate over?

After Lundbeck: Is the “pay for delay” debate over?
10/05/2021

The wheels of justice may turn slowly, but their grind is relentless. In 2013, the European Commission fined Lundbeck and several generic pharma companies EUR 146 million in respect of anti-competitive agreements inked in 2002.

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The creation of loco-regional hospital networks exempt from the Belgian competition law rules on merger control

The creation of loco-regional hospital networks exempt from the Belgian competition law rules on merger control
07/05/2021

The new Belgian Act of 29 March 2021 explicitly and generally exempts operations creating loco-regional hospital networks from the notification obligation to the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) 

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Mr. Peter Wytinck

Openbaarmaking en bedrijfsgeheimen, waar ligt de grens?
30/04/2021

De Voorzitter van de Ondernemingsrechtbank te Brussel, zetelend zoals in kortgeding, heeft geoordeeld dat de openbaarmaking van een geheim productieproces door een ex-werknemer aan een concurrerende onderneming

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Mr. Hugo Keulers

Professional seller vs. specialised seller: what’s in a name?
22/04/2021

On 15 January 2021, the Belgian Supreme Court (Hof van Cassatie / Cour de Cassation) overruled a decision of the Antwerp Court of Appeal of 3 February 2020. The Court of Appeal ruled that sellers may not claim the contractual exoneration 

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Private damages actions – secure your position

Private damages actions – secure your position
01/04/2021

Due to having worked at home so much, you forget your badge when you go to the office for the first time in months. Fortunately, the security guard remembers you and lets you into the building.

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Class Actions: A New EU Directive to Harmonize the Approach of Member States

Class Actions: A New EU Directive to Harmonize the Approach of Member States
19/03/2021

On November 25, 2020, the EU adopted a new Class Actions Directive, covering representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers.

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