The EU Court of Justice interprets restriction of competition by object (Groupement des Cartes Bancaires)

September 11 2014 was a big day for antitrust at the European Court of Justice. The Court delivered two important Judgments in the Mastercard and Cartes Bancaires cases, and heard oral arguments in Huawei/ZTE. We’ll comment on the latter in due course, and will be devoting our next posts to discussing the content and implications of the two Judgments. Let’s start with Cartes Bancaires, which is the one with greater potential future implications. This can be an analytically complex subject and there’s much to discuss, so allow me to skip the basics and the summary of the Judgment that you can find here (a copy-pasted version will also appear in some newsletters…) Here are my 10 initial reactions to the Judgment. These are not at all definitive positions but rather preliminary thoughts

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Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, Alfonso Lamadrid De Pablo, The EU Court of Justice interprets restriction of competition by object (Groupement des Cartes Bancaires), 11 September 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Financial services, Art. N° 73606

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