Competition law


Antitrust law during the Coronavirus crisis

Antitrust law during the Coronavirus crisis
30/03/2020

In the context of the Coronavirus crisis, antitrust law must not be ignored. Companies, such as those in the supermarket or pharmaceutical sectors, that normally compete may have to cooperate in these exceptional circumstances

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Will Thomas Cook bankruptcy help Brussels Airlines to avoid a fine by the Belgian Competition Authority?

Will Thomas Cook bankruptcy help Brussels Airlines to avoid a fine by the Belgian Competition Authority?
02/03/2020

Thomas Cook Belgium and Brussels Airlines may escape fines from the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) notwithstanding the conclusion of an agreement providing for anticompetitive practices according to the Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Authority. In August 2017, the BCA had opened an investigation into potential anticompetitive practices resulting from the conclusion of a "Commercial Service Agreement" between Thomas Cook Belgium and Brussels Airlines.

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Patent dispute settlements under scrutiny by the CJEU: the crossroads between IP & competition law

Patent dispute settlements under scrutiny by the CJEU: the crossroads between IP & competition law
25/02/2020

It is safe to say that on 30 January 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter the “CJEU”) handed down a landmark decision in EU IP and competition law. 

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The Belgian Competition Authority extends the simplified procedure on concentrations

The Belgian Competition Authority extends the simplified procedure on concentrations
03/02/2020

The Belgian competition authority (BCA) has extended the application of the simplified procedure on concentrations. In October 2019, the BCA organised a public consultation on its intention to adopt additional rules before their implementation.

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Belgian Competition Authority issues guidelines for professional associations on exchanging information

Belgian Competition Authority issues guidelines for professional associations on exchanging information
02/12/2019

The guide, published on 6 October 2019 and available in French and Dutch, aims to provide professional associations with guidance on the type of information that can lawfully be exchanged between their members and the tools that can be made available to members of associations in order to help them set their prices.

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Criticizing your competitor on its blog could cost you EUR 1,500!

Criticizing your competitor on its blog could cost you EUR 1,500!
27/11/2019

Recently, the Antwerp Enterprise Court had to decide whether a Dutch undertaking was liable for criticizing a Belgian competitor on that competitor’s own blog. The court held the Dutch undertaking liable and ordered it to pay EUR 1,500 in damages.

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Belgian Competition Authority publishes a guide on the exchange of information in the framework of professional associations

Belgian Competition Authority publishes a guide on the exchange of information in the framework of professional associations
07/10/2019

On 6th October 2019, the Belgian Competition Authority (the « Authority ») published on its website a guide on the exchange of information in the framework of professional associations. To this day, the guide has been published in Dutch and French versions.

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Mr. Peter Wytinck

Bedrijfsgeheimen en ex-werknemers
23/08/2019

Een vaak voorkomend probleem bij het vertrek van werknemers is de know-how die ze hebben opgebouwd in het bedrijf en meenemen naar een nieuw bedrijf. In welke mate mag hiervan gebruik gemaakt worden?

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Mr. Peter Wytinck

Nieuwe wet op misbruik economische afhankelijkheid, onrechtmatige bedingen en oneerlijke marktpraktijken tussen ondernemingen
19/08/2019

Bij wet van 4 april 2019 heeft de Belgische wetgever drie reeksen van nieuwe praktijken gereglementeerd: Een verbod op misbruik van economische afhankelijkheid (inwerkingtreding 1 juni 2020); Een verbod op oneerlijke bedingen in B2B (inwerkingtreding 1 december 2020 voor toekomstige contracten of wijzigingen of verlengingen van bestaande contracten);

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Competition law scrutiny on tech giants spills over to the other side of the Atlantic (and the rest of the globe?)

Competition law scrutiny on tech giants spills over to the other side of the Atlantic (and the rest of the globe?)
05/08/2019

It’s official now: tech giants such as ‘GAFA’ (Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple) have now caught the eye of the competition (antitrust) authorities in their native United States as well.

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