A Principled Approach to Abuse of Dominance in European Competition Law

Liza Gormsen

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Three questions surround the interpretation and application of Article 82 of the EC Treaty. What is its underlying purpose? Is it necessary to demonstrate actual or likely anticompetitive effects on the market place when applying Article 82? And how can dominant undertakings defend themselves against a finding of abuse? Instead of the usual discussion of objectives, Liza Lovdahl Gormsen questions whether the Commission’s chosen objective of consumer welfare is legitimate. While many Community lawyers would readily accept and indeed welcome the objective of consumer welfare, this is not supported by case law. The Community Courts do not always favour consumer welfare at the expense of economic freedom. This is important for dominant undertakings’ ability to advance efficiencies and for understanding why the Chicago and post-Chicago School arguments cannot be injected into Article 82.

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  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London)

Quotation

Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, A Principled Approach to Abuse of Dominance in European Competition Law, May 2010, Concurrences N° 2-2010, Art. N° 110091

Publisher Cambridge University Press

Date 4 March 2010

Number of pages 207

ISBN 9780521767149

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