A. Introduction On 17 September 2001 the United Kingdom Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal ("the CCAT")  made an important ruling by deciding, contrary to the Director General of Fair Trading, that the General Insurance Standards Council's ("the GISC") rules infringed the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 ("the 1998 Act") . The GISC rules in question prohibited the insurers members of the GISC from dealing with any intermediary who was not a GISC member or the agent or sub-agent of such a member. The CCAT remitted the case to the Director General of Fair Trading ("the Director General") for further investigation, including on whether the GISC's rules satisfied the terms of section 9 of the 1998 Act . The Director General's decision appealed before the
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