Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Steve Ross

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Associate

Steve Ross is an associate with Van Bael & Bellis based in their Brussels office. He 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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Stephanie Reinart, Richard Burton, Andrzej Kmiecik, Michael Clancy, Charlotte Nassogne, Andreas Reindl, Steve Ross The EU Commission adopts new rules on horizontal agreements governing cooperation between competitors with the view to aiding sustainability efforts

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In June 2023, the Commission adopted new rules on horizontal agreements, which as from 1 July 2023 replace the existing rules that date from 2010/2011. These rules govern the compatibility with EU competition law – specifically Art. 101 TFEU – of certain types of agreements and forms of (...)

Steve Ross, Richard Burton The EU Court of Justice upholds Commission’s decision in a banking group cartel case, and gives guidance on presumption of innocence in hybrid settlements (HSBC)

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On 12 January 2023, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) dismissed an appeal lodged by HSBC against a General Court judgment partially upholding the Commission’s decision in the Euro interest rate derivatives (“EIRD”) cartel case. In 2013, the European Commission adopted a (...)

Steve Ross, Richard Burton The EU Court of Justice AG Rantos issues an opinion suggesting that prior approval rules by sports-governing bodies do not conflict with EU competition law (ESLC / UEFA / FIFA)

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On 15 December 2022, Advocate General (“AG”) Rantos issued an opinion in the European Superleague Company case in which he recommended that the FIFA-UEFA rules on the prior approval of new sports competitions should be held to be compatible with Articles 101 and 102 TFEU. The AG considered (...)

Steve Ross, Richard Burton The EU Court of Justice AG Rantos advises that the judgement of the General Court is set aside, reasoning that sporting club rules do not breach competition law where they are proportionate and objectively justified (International Skating Union)

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On 15 December 2022, Advocate General (“AG”) Rantos issued an opinion in which he recommended that the Court of Justice of the EU should set aside a General Court judgment largely upholding a 2017 Commission decision that the eligibility rules of the International Skating Union (the “ISU”) had (...)

Steve Ross, Richard Burton The EU General Court dismisses an appeal in its entirety and confirms a fine of €9.44M for three retail food packaging companies which colluded to fix prices and allocate customers (CCPL)

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On 7 December 2022, the General Court dismissed the appeal brought by Consorzio Cooperative di Produzione e Lavoro, Coopbox Group and Coopbox Eastern (together, the “Applicants”) against a re-adopted Commission decision in the Retail Food Packaging cartel case (Case T-130/21, CCPL and Others v (...)

Steve Ross, Richard Burton The EU Commission fines five styrene purchasers €157M for fixing prices and exchanging commercially sensitive information and grants a sixth member of the cartel full leniency (Sunpor / Synbra / Synthomer / Synthos / Trinseo / INEOS)

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On 29 November 2022, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced that it had imposed fines totalling €157 million on five companies involved in a purchasing cartel concerning styrene monomer (“styrene”) for various periods between 1 May 2012 and 30 June 2018. The five companies fined (...)

Steve Ross, Richard Burton The EU General Court dismisses four appeals against price-fixing decisions which were re-adopted nearly two decades after the initial decision against 11 steel producers (Feralpi / Alfa Acciai / Ferriera Valsabbia / Valsabbia Investimenti / Ferriere Nord)

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On 9 November 2022, the General Court dismissed in their entirety appeals lodged by a number of Italian manufacturers against the European Commission’s (“Commission”) re-adopted decision of 2019 in the Reinforcing steel bars cartel case. (T-655/19, Ferriera Valsabbia and Valsabbia (...)

Steve Ross, Peter L’Ecluse The EU Commission sends a Statement of Objections to a pharmaceutical company over abusive patent filings and disparagement of generic competitors (Teva)

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On 10 October 2022, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced that it had sent a Statement of Objections to Teva, a pharmaceutical company marketing Copaxone®, a medicine indicated for the treatment of specific forms of multiple sclerosis. The Statement of Objections comes over a (...)

Andreas Reindl, Steve Ross The EU General Court partially upholds appeal against the EU Commission’s decision in relation to the abuse of dominance of a Big Tech in the mobile telecommunications sector (Google / Android)

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In its Sept. 14 judgment in Google and Alphabet v. Commission, the European Union’s General Court partially upheld Google LLC’s appeal against the European Commission’s 2018 Google Android decision, but confirmed the decision’s most important and consequential elements. The court held that (...)

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 (...)

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 €20M 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 (...)

Steve Ross The UK Government launches a call for views on standard essential patents in order to better understand whether the current SEPs framework functions 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 (...)

Steve Ross The EU General Court dismisses five separate appeals in an electrolytic capacitors cartel case, including on increased fines for repeated offences 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, (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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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