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Reform of Belgian Competition Law: Draft Bill

Reform of Belgian Competition Law: Draft Bill
13/12/2018

On 16 November 2018, the Belgian Council of Ministers adopted a draft Bill (the “Draft Bill”) amending numerous competition law provisions of the Belgian Code of Economic Law (“CEL”).

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Dans quelle mesure es?tu, en tant qu’entreprise dominante, libre de déterminer tes prix ?

Dans quelle mesure es?tu, en tant qu’entreprise dominante, libre de déterminer tes prix ?
04/10/2018

Vous travaillez pour une entreprise qui peut se prévaloir d’être le numéro un incontesté du marché dans son domaine. Dans une tentative d’exploiter au mieux cette position de leader sur le marché, vous suggérez au conseil d’administration d’augmenter sensiblement les prix des produits sur lesquels l’entreprise détient la part de marché la plus importante.

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Belgian Competition Authority consults on draft guide on the exchange of information on markets and prices

Belgian Competition Authority consults on draft guide on the exchange of information on markets and prices
20/09/2018

On 12 September 2018, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) published its draft guide on the exchange of information on markets and prices, and has submitted it to a public consultation.

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Amélioration de la protection législative des secrets d'affaires

Amélioration de la protection législative des secrets d'affaires
14/09/2018

Le 24 août 2018, la loi du 30 juillet 2018 relative à la protection des secrets d'affaires est entrée en vigueur. Cette loi concerne la transposition d'une directive européenne et offre de nombreuses possibilités d'action aux entreprises pour protéger leur savoir-faire et les informations commerciales non divulgués (secrets d'affaires) contre l'obtention, l'utilisation et la divulgation illicite. 

 

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Belgian Supreme Court: joint lobbying activities do not constitute restriction of competition

Belgian Supreme Court: joint lobbying activities do not constitute restriction of competition
13/09/2018

On 22 June 2018, the Belgian Supreme Court confirmed an earlier judgment of the Brussels Court of Appeal annulling a decision of the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) that imposed a fine on a group of cement companies for allegedly anti-competitive joint lobbying efforts vis-à-vis the Belgian public authorities.

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4,3 milliards : amende record infligée à Google

4,3 milliards : amende record infligée à Google
19/07/2018

Google a exigé des fabricants qu’ils préinstallent l’application Google Search et son navigateur (Chrome) comme condition à l’octroi de la licence pour sa boutique d’applications en ligne (Play Store). Elle a payé certains grands fabricants et opérateurs de réseaux mobiles pour qu’ils préinstallent en exclusivité l’application Google Search sur leurs appareils. Elle a entravé le développement d’autres versions d’Android non approuvées par Google (les «forks Android»).

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Competition law and algorithms: the Luxembourg Competition Council exempts a booking platform in the taxi sector

Competition law and algorithms: the Luxembourg Competition Council exempts a booking platform in the taxi sector
13/06/2018

Algorithms is the hot topic in competition law. In June 2017, the OECD published a paper on the risk of collusion in the use of algorithms. This issue has been regularly addressed by Commissioner Vestager in her speeches.

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Kinepolis Merger Conditions - Brussels Court of Appeal Annuls Decision to Lift Conditions

Kinepolis Merger Conditions - Brussels Court of Appeal Annuls Decision to Lift Conditions
22/05/2018

On 28 February 2018, the Brussels Court of Appeal (the “Court”) held that the decision of the Belgian Competition Authority (Belgische Mededingingsautoriteit / Autorité belge de la Concurrence) (“BCA”) to partially lift specific conditions imposed on Kinepolis was poorly reasoned and it therefore annulled the decision.

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Dawn raids on cosmetic goods distributors by Belgian and French Competition Authorities

Dawn raids on cosmetic goods distributors by Belgian and French Competition Authorities
23/03/2018

On 1 March 2018, the Belgian and French Competition Authorities confirmed dawn raids on distributors of cosmetic goods in Belgium and France. Both inspections were authorized by a magistrate. For legal defence reasons, the distributors have not been named.

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Mr. Martin Favart

Brussels Court of Appeal Clarifies Obligation to Provide Statement of Reasons regarding Documents Seized during Dawn Raids
08/03/2018

On 13 December 2017, the Brussels Court of Appeal (the “Court”) held that documents seized by the Belgian Competition Authority (Belgische Mededingingsautoriteit / Autorité belge de la Concurrence) (“BCA”) during an inspection had been legitimately included in the scope of the investigation 

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