The UK Court of Appeal rejects claims of apparent bias in the supply of airport services market investigation (BAA / Ryanair)

The UK Court of Appeal recently rejected claims made by BAA that the Competition Commission's Report into the common ownership of the UK's main airports was tainted by apparent bias. One member of the Competition Commission's inquiry group had indirect links to a potential bidder for one of the airports BAA planned to divest. The Court of Appeal rejected in part the finding of apparent bias by the Competition Appeal Tribunal and considered that the apparent bias for a limited time period did not ‘contaminate' the final Report. Although BAA is seeking to appeal this judgment to the Supreme Court, this outcome is vital to the future quality and integrity of the UK's market investigation process. Background In 2006 the UK Office of Fair Trading began to investigate BAA‘s ownership of the

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Marcus Pollard, The UK Court of Appeal rejects claims of apparent bias in the supply of airport services market investigation (BAA / Ryanair), 13 October 2010, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 32902

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