The UK Court of Appeal overturns the first ever finding by the High Court of an abuse of dominance pursuant to Art. 82 EC (Attheraces/British Horseracing Board)

Background A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has reversed the first ever High Court finding of an Article 82 infringement in litigation between private parties. Attheraces v British Horseracing Board was an appeal from the High Court decision of Justice Etherton. The Judge who had held that British Horseracing Board (“BHB”) had abused its dominant position by imposing an excessive and discriminatory charge of 50% on Attheraces's (“ATR”) net revenue from supplying pre-race data to customers outside the UK and by refusing to supply an essential facility to an existing customer [1]. The Court of Appeal decision The Court of Appeal agreed with Etherton J's finding that BHB was dominant in the pre-race data market for ATR's customers outside the UK. The Court then focused on

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Charles Balmain, Iva Philipova, The UK Court of Appeal overturns the first ever finding by the High Court of an abuse of dominance pursuant to Art. 82 EC (Attheraces/British Horseracing Board), 2 February 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin Economic assessment of damages, Art. N° 13293

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