October 1999

General antitrust

The OECD holds a roundtable on competition in local services: solid waste management
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
Many natural monopolies are the responsibility of local or municipal governments. Do they have incentives to ensure competition and efficiency in the provision of services under their authority? The answer may depend on central-local government relations and factors such as the size of (...)

Anticompetitive practices

The European Commission fines a Dutch association of electro technical equipment wholesalers and its biggest member (FEG /TU)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"The Commission fines FEG, the Dutch association of electrotechnical equipment wholesalers and its biggest member TU"* On 26 October 1999, the Commission adopted a Decision by which fines have been imposed on the Dutch association of electrotechnical equipment wholesalers (FEG) and its biggest (...)

Unilateral Practices

The EU Court of Justice upholds the Commission’s decision finding vertical collective dominance in the retail sugar sector (Irish Sugar)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Case T-228/97 Irish Sugar plc ν Commission of the European Communities* 1. The taking into account of an argument put forward by an undertaking during the administrative procedure leading to the adoption of a decision concerning it with regard to competition, when the undertaking has not been (...)


The Maltese Office of Fair Trading acknowledges the necessity to enact specific rules concerning mergers (Supermarkets)
King’s College (London)
Superior Courts of Malta (Valletta)
The General Retailers and Traders Union was concerned about the effect of a series of acquisitions of popular supermarkets in Malta by operators already involved in the same sector: could this be detrimental to other players in the market? In other words, the issue was one of concentration at (...)

The European Commission clears concentrations notified by satellite owner and operator (Telia/Telenor, Nordic Satellite Distribution)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"Nordic Satellite Cases"* During the later part of 1998 and most of 1999 the Commission examined a series of notifications involving agreements relating to satellite transponder capacity in the Nordic region. As well as raising issues in their own right, these cases were of particular interest (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reverses a district court’s order enjoining the merger of two hospitals (Tenet Healthcare / Poplar Bluff Physicians Group)
Senator Mitch McConnell (Washington)
The FTC filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to block the proposed acquisition of Tenet Healthcare and Poplar Bluff Physicians Group, doing business as Doctors’ Regional Medical Center, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The FTC alleged that the proposed merger of the only two general hospitals (...)

The OECD holds a roundtable on airline mergers and alliances
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
Key documents: Executive Summary with key findings, Detailled Summary of the discussion, Background note Executive summary, by the Secretariat In the light of the written submissions, the background note and the oral discussion, the following points emerge: (1) Travellers differ widely, in (...)

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