Competition Bulletin December 2015


Table of Contents

01  Spain / Judicial activity / Insurance cartel: The Supreme Court annuls several High Court judgments in connection with a decennial liability insurance cartel (Judgement of 27 May 2015).
02  Spain /Judicial activity / Abuse of dominant position / Postal Service: The National High Court has annulled the decision of the National Markets and Competition Commission (NMCC[1]) fining Sociedad Estatal de Correos y Telégrafos, S.A. for abuse of dominant position (Judgement of 1 July 2015).
03  Spain / Restrictive practices / Bar associations: The NMCC has fined the Las Palmas and Guadalajara Bar Associations and the General Council of Spanish Advocates for anticompetitive practices (Decisions of 15 and 29 September 2015, files SACAN/31/2013 and S/0491/13).
04  Spain / Gun jumping: The NMCC has fined Grifols S.A. for failure to notify the acquisition of certain assets of Novartis International A.G. (Decision 16 October 2015, file SNC/DC/0037/15).
05  Spain / Mergers / Media: The NMCC has fined Mediaset and Atresmedia for breaching mandatory commitments attached to the concentrations, Telecinco / Cuatro and Antena3 / La Sexta.
06  Spain / Telecom: The NMCC has fined Orange Espagne, S.A.U. (Orange) for preventing its users from switching their fixed phone operator (Decision of 22 October 2015, file SNC/DTSA/1847/14 PORTABILIDADES IRREGULARES ORANGE).
07  Spain /Regulation / Mergers procedure: Public consultation: The NMCC has amended the Notice on short form merger filings.
08 Spain /Regulation / Telecom: The NMCC has approved the draft regulation for high-speed broadband wholesale markets.
09 EU / Judicial activity / Cartel facilitators: The European Court of Justice has issued a landmark judgment clarifying how antitrust law should treat cartel “facilitators” (Judgment 22 October 2015, Treuhand,C-194/14P).

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