October 1999

Anticompetitive practices

The European Commission fines a Dutch association of electro technical equipment wholesalers and its biggest member (FEG, TU)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"The Commission fines FEG, the Dutch association of electrotechnical equipment wholesalers and its biggest member TU"* On 26 October 1999, the Commission adopted a Decision by which fines have been imposed on the Dutch association of electrotechnical equipment wholesalers (FEG) and its biggest (...)

Mergers

The Dutch Competition Authority clears a merger in the electricity sector subject to divestments (PNEM/MEGA -EDON)
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
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Eversheds Sutherland (Amsterdam)
The operation The activities of PNEM/MEGA and EDON mainly involve the production of electricity, the supply of electricity, gas and warmth, waste collection and management and the exploitation of telecommunication and cable television networks. A newly established company will acquire all the (...)

The Maltese Office of Fair Trading acknowledges the necessity to enact specific rules concerning mergers (Supermarkets)
King’s College (London)
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Superior Courts of Malta
The General Retailers and Traders Union was concerned about the effect of a series of acquisitions of popular supermarkets in Malta by operators already involved in the same sector: could this be detrimental to other players in the market? In other words, the issue was one of concentration at (...)

The European Commission clears concentrations notified by satellite owner and operator (Telia/Telenor, Nordic Satellite Distribution)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"Nordic Satellite Cases"* During the later part of 1998 and most of 1999 the Commission examined a series of notifications involving agreements relating to satellite transponder capacity in the Nordic region. As well as raising issues in their own right, these cases were of particular interest (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reverses a district court’s order enjoining the merger of two hospitals (Tenet Healthcare / Poplar Bluff Physicians Group)
Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions
The FTC filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to block the proposed acquisition of Tenet Healthcare and Poplar Bluff Physicians Group, doing business as Doctors’ Regional Medical Center, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The FTC alleged that the proposed merger of the only two general hospitals (...)

The OECD holds a roundtable on airline mergers and alliances
OECD - Competition Division
Key documents: Executive Summary with key findings, Detailled Summary of the discussion, Background note Executive summary, by the Secretariat In the light of the written submissions, the background note and the oral discussion, the following points emerge: (1) Travellers differ widely, in (...)

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