June 1996

Unilateral Practices

The EU Commission agrees on a series of conditions for the introduction of new business customer tariffs by German incumbent telecom operator (Deutsche Telekom)
Hong Kong Competition Commission (Hong Kong)
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European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
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European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"Deutsche Telekom"* On the 25th of June, Commissioner Karel Van Miert sent a letter to the German Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Mr Wolfgang Bötsch marking his agreement on a series of conditions for the introduction of new business customer tariffs by Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche (...)

The EU Court of First Instance annuls the Commission’s decision against a pharmaceutical company as it failed to prove the existence of an agreement (Bayer)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Case T-41/96 R Bayer AG v Commission of the European Communities* Where the Commission prohibits a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products from refusing to supply a medicinal product in order to prevent an increase in parallel exports from Member States where the product is marketed at a (...)

Mergers

The EU Commission approves a cooperation agreement between two banks (Banque Nationale de Paris / Dresdnerbank)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Commission clears cooperation between Banque Nationale de Paris and Dresdnerbank* The Commission has approved for a period of ten years a cooperation agreement between Banque Nationale de Paris and Dresdner Bank. The agreement covers close, comprehensive cooperation (...)

Procedures

The EU Court of First Instance clarifies the adversary nature of judicial proceedings in relation to the protection of the business secrets of individual undertakings (ΝΜΗ)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Cases T-134/94, T-136/94, Τ-137/94, Τ-138/94, Τ-141/94, Τ-145/94, Τ-147/94, Τ-148/94, Τ-151/94, Τ-156/94 and Τ-157/94 ΝΜΗ Stahlwerke and Others ν Commission of the European Communities* 1. Article 23 of the ECSC Statute of the Court of Justice, concerning the forwarding by a Community institution to the (...)

The European Commission adopts a communication towards an international framework of competition rules
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
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International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)
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European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"Towards an international framework of competition rules"* On 18 June 1996, the Commission adopted a Communication (Communication from the Commission to the Council of 18 June 1996, “Towards an international framework of competition rules”, COM(96) 284 final) to the Council on trade and (...)

The Maltese Commission for Fair Trading ruled for the first time on the basis of the 1994 Competition Act on the compatibility of the action of the Director of the NCA with notions of EC law and Maltese administrative law (Simonds Farsons Cisk)
King’s College (London)
The first judgment of the Commission concerned the price of beer. This case was brought under section 11 of the Competition Act, as originally drafted, under which power existed to regulate the price of ’essential’ products. This provision was not without controversy. In a competition-based (...)

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