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Crystal Producer to Pay Back State Aid

07 Aug 2014
Written by World Watch

European Union (EU) competition regulator the European Commission (EC) has announced that it has concluded that certain aid measures granted by Belgian authorities to crystal producer Val Saint-Lambert (VSL) "conferred on the company an undue economic advantage over its competitors, in breach of EU [s]tate aid rules".

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Automaker Audi has announced its decision to reduce its pricing for spare parts in China while regulators there conduct anti-monopoly investigations into the vehicle manufacturing industry.

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European Union (EU) competition regulator the European Commission (EC) has announced that it has concluded that the receipt of state aid by low-cost airlines Ryanair and Transavia for their operations at one or more of the airports at Pau, Nîmes and Angoulême was "incompatible with EU rules".

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European Union competition regulator the European Commission (EC) has announced that it has fined Norway-based salmon farmer and processor Marine Harvest €20 million for acquiring rival Morpol "without having received prior authorisation under [Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (the Merger Regulation)]".

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Ski Equipment Makers Settle Antitrust Charges

16 Jul 2014
Written by World Watch

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it has approved final orders barring a number of ski equipment manufacturers from engaging in specified anticompetitive conduct (both dated 3 July 2014).

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The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has announced the settlement of charges that Apple "participat[ed] in a price-fixing conspiracy that ... raised the prices of [e]-books sold to consumers in New York and throughout [the United States]".

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European Union (EU) competition regulator the European Commission has announced that it has fined France-based pharmaceutical company Servier and a group of generic medicine producers a total of €427.7 million for "concluding a series of deals all aimed at protecting Servier's bestselling blood pressure medicine, perindopril, from price competition by generics in the EU".

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has announced that the Court of Justice (CJ) has handed down its judgment in C-295/12P Telefónica S.A. and Telefónica de Espaħa S:A:U: v Commission ECLI:EU:C:2014:2062 (10 July 2014), upholding the European Commission's (EC) decision (4 July 2007) fining telecommunications provider Telefónica SA and its Spanish subsidiary (collectively, Telefónica) more than €151 million for "abuse of a dominant position on the Spanish broadband market" (further information).

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German federal competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt (BKA) has announced that it has ceased its proceedings against Adidas AG (Adidas) following the company's decision to lift a ban that had prevented authorised retailers of Adidas's products from selling those products on online marketplaces.

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The European Commission (EC) has announced that it has fined canned mushroom producers for their participation in "a cartel to coordinate prices and allocate [European customers] during more than a year".

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