Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Steve Ross

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Associate

Steve Ross focuses on EU competition law, as well as EU and French regulatory law, including environmental and consumer protection law. His experience extends to international trade law, with a particular emphasis on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Steve worked at a European Affairs consultancy firm and an international law firm in Brussels.

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Articles

3428 Bulletin

Lynn Waem, Steve Ross, Richard Burton The EU Court of Justice partially annuls a Commission decision in an anticompetitive tender agreement case in the optical disk drive market but upholds the amounts of fines imposed (Optical Disk Drives Cartel)

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On 16 June 2022, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) issued four judgments in which it partially annulled earlier judgments of the General Court, which had upheld the 2015 Commission Decision in relation to the optical disk drives (“ODDs”) cartel case. In that case, the Commission (...)

Steve Ross The EU General Court annuls most of the Commission’s decision to impose a fine of € 1.06 billion on a semiconductor company for abuse of dominance on the global market for x86 processors (Intel)

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General Court overturns Commission’s Intel decision On 26 January 2022, the General Court of the European Union annulled most of the decision of the European Commission (“Commission”), which had imposed a fine of € 1.06 billion on Intel for having abused its dominant position on the worldwide (...)

Rebecca Halbach, Steve Ross The Austrian Supreme Court denies that a licensor infringed Article 101 TFEU as defendant on the grounds that intention to seal off national markets was unproven (Sky)

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In its judgment of 25 January 2022, the Austrian Supreme Court granted a request by Sky, a pay-tv provider holding an exclusive licence for the broadcasting of UEFA Champions League football matches in Austria, to prohibit an inn in Austria from showing such games via a third-party pay-tv (...)

Steve Ross The EU Commission fines a Spanish ethanol producer €20 million for participating in a cartel concerning the wholesale price formation mechanism in the EU ethanol market (Abengoa)

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On 10 December 2021, the European Commission issued a press release in which it reported that it had fined Spanish ethanol producer, Abengoa S.A. and its subsidiary Abengoa Bionenergía S.A. (together, “Agengoa”), € 20 million for participating in a cartel concerning the wholesale price formation (...)

Steve Ross The UK Government launches a call for views on standard essential patents in order to better understand whether the current SEPs framework is functioning efficiently, supports innovation and strikes the right balance for all entities involved

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On 7 December 2021, the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) launched a call for views on Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”) in order to better understand whether the current SEPs framework: (i) is functioning efficiently; (ii) supports innovation (particularly in light of the UK government’s (...)

Steve Ross The EU General Court dismisses five separate appeals in an electrolytic capacitors cartel case, including on increased fines for repeat offenses and partial immunity from fines (NEC / Nichicon / Tokin / Rubycon / Nippon Chemi-Con)

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On 29 September 2021, the European General Court (“EGC”) dismissed in five separate judgments appeals lodged by Japanese producers, namely NEC Corporation, Nichicon Corporation, Tokin Corporation, Rubycon and Nippon Chemi-Con Corporation, against a decision adopted by the European Commission (...)

Steve Ross The EU Commission fines seven investment banks for operating a cartel in the primary and secondary markets for European government bonds (Bank of America / Natixis / RBS / UBS / UniCredit / WestLB)

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On 20 May 2021, the European Commission adopted a decision imposing fines on a series of investment banks relating to the trading of European Government Bonds (“EGB”). EGB In its decision, adopted on 20 May 2021, the Commission found seven investment banks, Bank of America, Natixis, Nomura, RBS (...)

Steve Ross The EU Commission imposes total fines of €28 million on three investment banks for their involvement in a cartel in the EEA secondary trading market for SSA bonds denominated in US Dollars (Bank of America Merrill Lynch / Crédit Agricole / Crédit Suisse)

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On 28 April, the European Commission adopted a decision imposing fines on a series of investment banks relating to the trading of Supra-sovereign, Sovereign and Agency (“SSA”) bonds. SSA Bonds In the first decision, adopted on 28 April 2021, the Commission imposed total fines of € 28 million on (...)

Richard Burton, Steve Ross The Spanish Competition Authority fines 33 school transport companies and one association with €3.36 million for creating a school transport cartel (School transport cartel / Asociación Navarra de Empresarios del Transporte por Carretera y Logística)

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On 9 September 2020, the Spanish Competition Authority (“CNMC”) imposed fines totalling € 3.36 million on 33 school transport companies and fined one association € 15,000 for their involvement in a bid-rigging cartel in the school transport sector in the region of Navarre from 1 December 2013 until (...)

Steve Ross The UK Supreme Court rules on a license dispute between a software and a telecommunications company and clarifies the English Courts’ approach to FRAND royalty cases (Unwired Planet / Huawei)

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On 26 August 2020, the UK Supreme Court issued a judgment in a licence dispute involving Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”) pitting Unwired Planet, a US based patent assertion entity, against Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company that produces smartphones. Unwired Planet brought an (...)

Richard Burton, Steve Ross, Laura Lehoczky-Deckers The German Federal Court of Justice overrules the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf’s decision to terminate proceedings against a bid rigging cartel (Bid rigging cartel)

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On 25 August 2020, the German Federal Court of Justice (“FCJ”) overturned the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf to terminate proceedings against members of a bid-rigging cartel fined by the FCO in 2018. The FCJ ruled that the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf had erred in (...)

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