The UK OFT closes abuse of dominance investigation concerning a leading provider of bunker fuel services to HGV fleets (CH Jones)

In October 2013 the OFT decided to close an abuse of dominance investigation, launched in April 2010, against CH Jones, a leading provider of bunker fuel services to HGV fleets. [1] This outcome marked a significant reversal from a statement of objections (“SO”) issued in February 2011, in which the OFT alleged that CH Jones had abused a dominant position by engaging in an anticompetitive attempt to exclude a rival. A number of factors contributed to this turnaround, including a willingness of the OFT to subject its provisional conclusions to rigorous testing via a data room process, and to keep an open mind to the possibility that empirical analysis can rebut presumptions based on product characteristics and internal documents. This Brief examines these factors in more detail, and

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  • RBB Economics (London)

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Daniel Gore, The UK OFT closes abuse of dominance investigation concerning a leading provider of bunker fuel services to HGV fleets (CH Jones), 31 October 2013, e-Competitions October 2013, Art. N° 64912

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