January 1999

Anticompetitive practices

The EU Court of Justice finds that an inter-bank agreement does not affect trade between Member States (Carlo Bagnasco)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Joined Cases C-215/96 and C-216/96 Carlo Bagnasco and Others v Banca Popolare di Novara Soc. Coop, arl (BPN) and Cassa di Risparmio di Genova e Imperia SpA (Carige)* 1. In the context of the preliminary ruling procedure under Article 177 of the Treaty, it is solely for the national courts (...)

Unilateral Practices

The EU Commission rejects a complaint of a manufacturer of toner for photocopiers against a photocopier manufacturer holding that there was no abuse of dominance (Info-Lab / Ricoh)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"Info-Lab/Ricoh"* On 7 January 1999 the Commission rejected a complaint of Info-Lab, a manufacturer of toner for photocopiers, against Ricoh, a photocopier manufacturer. Info-Lab alleged that Ricoh abused its dominant position on the market for toner cartridges compatible with certain Ricoh (...)


The EU Commission rejects the UK authorities’ request for referral of the assessment of a merger in the electricity sector (EDF / London Electricity)
European Commission - DG TRADE (Brussels)
European Commission - DG TRADE (Brussels)
"Mergers: Recent developments and important decisions"* In London Electricity/Electricité de France (EdF) the United Kingdom authorities both requested a referral under Article 9(4) and in parallel invoked Article 21(3) of the Merger Regulation, (the latter is based on the necessity to (...)

State Aid

The French Commercial Supreme Court rules that Courts must check whether the contested State aid scheme has been notified to the EU Commission or not, notwithstanding a Commission’s note classifying the aid as an existing one (Établissements Friedrich / ANIVIT)
SCP Avocats Evelyne Naba Et Associés (Paris)
The Association nationale interprofessionnelle des vins de table et des vins de pays de France (ANIVIT, Interprofessional national association of table wines and local wines of France), created in 1976, by the Law of 10 July 1975, perceived contributions made compulsory by interministerial (...)

The EU Commission opens an investigation into special tax credits granted by the Spanish government in favor of publicly owned shipyards
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"Spain. - The Commission opened the 88 § 2 EC procedure into special tax credits in favour of the publicly owned shipyards"* On 20 January 1999 the Commission decided to open an investigation procedure into special tax credits of 18.45 billion pesetas (approx € 111 million) paid in 1998 to (...)