Apr
24

CJEU: Change in ownership of company renders purchaser liable for anti-competitive behaviour of predecessor

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This article is written by Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri On the 14 March 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union ('CJEU') handed down the judgement of Vantaan kaupunki v. Skanska Industrial Solutions Oy, NCC Industry Oy, Asfaltmix Oy [1] where it concluded that if a company changes ownership, the restructured company or the purchasing company can be held liable for the anti-competitive behaviour of its predecessors, not justin public enforcement actions but also in private actions. The case dealt with a group of Finnish companies that formed a c...
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Feb
19

Mamo TCV Advocates at the Annual Consumer Law Conference 2019

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Mamo TCV Advocates will once again be at the Annual Consumer Law Conference, which will be held on 5 April 2019. Dr Annalies Muscat, a senior associate at Mamo TCV Advocates, will be giving a presentation on notable consumer cases decided in the past year.  The poster for the event, which boasts an exciting line up of speakers, can be ​ viewed below : File Name: CONSUMER_DAY_POSTE_20190312-154653_1 File Size: 242 kb Download File Disclaimer This document does not purport to give legal, financial or tax advice. Should you require further information or legal a...
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Feb
08

MasterCard Fined €570 Million for Breaching Competition Rules

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This article was written by​ Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri.​ On 22 January 2019, the European Commission ("the Commission) fined MasterCard for limiting the possibility for retailers to benefit from lower interchange fees in other Member States.This follows the call for feedback on commitments offered by Visa and MasterCard regarding the competition concerns raised by inter-regional interchange fees for payment card transactions ( read more here ). The fine comes as a response to MasterCard's breach of competition rules, which MasterCard admitted to. Pri...
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Jan
10

EU Adopts Regulation Prohibiting Geo-Blocking

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This article was written by​ Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri.​ The European Commission (the 'Commission') has adopted an e-commerce package that included the adoption of different laws with the aim of making it easier for European consumers to shop online throughout the European Union (the 'EU'). One of the measures adopted was Regulation 2018/302 on addressing unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers' nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market (the 'Regulation'). The Regul...
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Jan
01

Commission Seeks Feedback on Commitments Offered by Visa and Mastercard on Inter-Regional Interchange Fees

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This article was written by​ Dr Annalies Muscat and Dr Laura Spiteri.​ Following the issue of a Statement of Objections by the European Commission (the 'Commission') against Visa and MasterCard regarding the competition concerns raised by inter-regional interchange fees ('inter-regional MIFs') for payment card transactions, the Commission is inviting any interested parties to comment on the commitments that have been proposed by Visa and MasterCard separately. Inter-regional MIFs are fees applicable to payments made in the European Economic Area (the 'EEA') u...
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