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The UK's Autumn Statement 2013

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the 2013 Autumn Statement today. As last year, the UK Government had to balance competing political and economic tensions, especially with an election less than 18 months away.
European Commission supports French Competition Authority’s appeal over endives cartel

The European Commission is supporting the FCA’s appeal to the French Supreme Court to overturn the Court of Appeal’s ruling quashing its endive cartel decision.

AGCM imposes high fines in the aviation and telecoms sectors for unfair commercial practices

The Italian Competition Authority has fined each of Ryanair and Air France as well as mobile telecommunications operators Telecom, H3G, Wind and Vodafone.

Court of Appeal dismisses Topshop’s appeal in Rihanna passing off case

The Court of Appeal has upheld a finding of passing off against Topshop for its use of an image of Rihanna on a T-shirt.

FCA calls for better information and easier switching for consumers with cash savings

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has published its market study report into UK consumer savings accounts and is calling for improvements.

Luxembourg abolishes bearer shares

Luxembourg has developed its legal, tax and regulatory environment to become an important destination for private equity and venture capital funds. The recent change to the law regarding bearer shares is further evidence of this endeavour.

Commission consults on proposed guidelines for joint selling in the agricultural sector

The European Commission has issued draft guidelines on how certain food producers and farmers can cooperate without breaching EU competition law

German Federal Cartel Office fines SodaStream for continuous dominance abuse

Germany’s competition authority has fined SodaStream for impeding other companies from refilling gas canisters for its soda carbonating machines

FCO pushes back on Asics’ revised online sales policy

The German FCO has indicated that Asics’ new distribution policy still raises antitrust concerns on the basis that it continues to restrict online trade.

AGCM continues to increase its consumer protection efforts

The Italian Competition Authority is taking several measures to improve consumer protection in line with EU and national case law and policy developments.

Novartis and Italfarmaco submit commitments following AGCM’s Art. 101 TFEU investigation

Two Italian pharmaceutical companies have recently submitted commitments following an antitrust investigation into alleged horizontal concerted practices.

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