Competition journals: Jan. - March 2015

This section of the review Concurrences selects articles and working papers on themes related to competition laws and economics, mainly, but not only, in the English and French languages. This compilation does not attempt to be exhaustive but rather a survey on themes important in the area. The survey usually covers publications over the last three months after release of the latest issue of Concurrences. Articles and working papers published on the Internet only are also welcome. Authors, editors and publishers are welcome to send their papers to for review in this section.

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1. General - Scope of application

Towards an Economics of Convention-Based Approach of the European Competition Policy > F. MARTY (Historical Social Research, 40 (2015) 1, pp. 94-111)

Regulating competition: a principle that is particularly necessary in this day and age. Reflections on the constitutional foundations of a highly political law > F. ZIVY (RLC 2015/42, No. 2713, p. 115).

Competition Law in Business Contracts: What are the Constraints? What opportunities? > M. COMERT, E. FLAICHER-MANEVAL, D. FERRE, A. LACRESSE, M. CHAGNY and I. LUC (AJ contrats d’affaires, No. 3, March 2015, Dossier, pp. 105-116)

The Impact of the U.S. Debit-Card Interchange Fee Regulation on Consumer Welfare > D. S. EVANS, H. CHANG and S. JOYCE (Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 11, 1, pp. 23-67)

Does State Antitrust Enforcement Drive Establishment Exit? > R. M. FEINBERG, T. A. HUSTED and F. SZÜCS (Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 11, 1, pp. 85-106)

A Symposium on Antitrust Economics of Multi-Sided Platforms > (Competition Policy International, 10, 2, Autumn 2014)

A Symposium in Antitrust as a Multidisciplinary Field > (The Antitrust Bulletin, 59, 4, December 2014)

Unbundling the Incumbent: Evidence from UK Broadband > M. NARDOTTO, T. VALLETTI and F. VERBOVEN (Journal of the European Economic Association, 12, 2, pp. 330-362)

Major Events and Policy Issues in EU Competition Law, 2013-2014: Part 2 > J. RATLIFF (I.C.L.R. 2015, 26(4), pp. 115-138)

The Application of EU Competition Rules in the Transport Sector > F. CHIRICO and I. RABINOVICI (Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 19 February 2015, 10.1093/jeclap/lpv009)

Activity of the European Union courts in competition law (April 2014, May 2014, June 2014) > P. ARHEL (Small Posters, Dec. 22, 2014, No. 254, p. 6; Small Posters, Dec. 31, 2014, No. 261, p. 7; Small Posters, Jan. 13, 2015, No. 9, p. 4)

Activity of the Paris Court of Appeal in the field of anti-competitive practices (May to October 2014) > P. ARHEL (Small posters, Jan. 8, 2015, No. 6, p. 5)

Activity of the Court of Cassation and the Council of State in competition law (January to October 2014) > P. ARHEL (Small posters, Jan. 26, 2015, No. 18, p. 7)

Competition Chronicle > L. IDOT (Europe, Jan. 2015, No. 1, comm. 20-25; Feb. 2015, No. 2, comm. 72-80; Mar. 2015, No. 3, comm. 113-117)

Competition Chronicle > D. BOSCO and G. DECOCQ (Contracts, conc., consum. Jan. 2015, no. 1, comm. 13 to 18; Feb. 2015, no. 2, comm. 39 to 42; March 2015, no. 3, comm. 66 to 71)

Competition Law Chronicle > M. BEHAR-TOUCHAIS and C. PRIETO (Revue des Contrats, March 2015, no 1/2015, pp. 110 to 113)

Economic Law Chronicle > C. MATHONNIERE (RLDA 2014/99, Dec. 2014, Nos. 5381 to 5386, p. 42; 2014/100, Jan. 2015, Nos. 5424 to 5426, p. 35; 2014/101, Feb. 2015, Nos. 5466 to 5468, p. 46; 2015/102, Mar. 2015, Nos. 5509 to 5510, p. 43)

Bi-Annual Competition Law Chronicle > A. LECOURT (RLDA 2015/100, 5437, p. 60)

Competition rules applicable to undertakings > T. FOUQUET, V. GIACOBBO-PEYRONNEL, C. REMY and J. SLADIC (JDE, No. 216, Feb. 2015, p. 75).

Competition Chronicle > (RJDA, No. 1, Jan. 2015, Nos. 47-51, p. 41; No. 2, Feb. 2015, Nos. 145-148, p. 142; No. 3, Mar. 2015, Nos. 219-223, p. 215)

2. Agreements

2.1. General

Should the object and potential effects of an anti-competitive practice be distinguished? > I. LUC (RJDA, No. 2, Feb. 2015, Études et doctrine, p. 71)

The New Concept of Anti-Competitive Object: A Loose Cannon in EU Competition Law > C. ISTVAN NAGY (ECLR 2015, 36(4), pp. 154-159)

The limits of the application of competition law to collective agreements concluded for the social protection of self-employed workers > S. HENNION (JCP ed. G, No. 12, 23 March. 2015, 341, p. 549)

Can a professional order be a business association? > D. BERLIN (JCP éd. G, No. 52, Dec. 22, 2014, 1352, p. 2372)

The Price-Increasing Effects of Domestic Code-Sharing Agreements for Non-Stop Airline Routes > D. GILO and F. SIMONELLI (Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 11, 1, pp. 69-83)

How Does a Corporate Leniency Program Affect Cartel Stability? Empirical Evidence from Korea > Y. J. CHOI and K. S. HAHN (Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 10, 4, pp. 883-907)

Two Bids or not to Bid? An Exploration of the Legality of Joint Bidding and Subcontracting Under EU Competition Law > C. THOMAS (Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 4 March 2015, 10.1093/jeclap/lpv016)

2.2. Distribution

The Structural Injunction and the Macron Bill > M. MALAURIE-VIGNAL (D. 26 March 2015, No. 12, p. 690)

Macron law and distribution networks: from one controversy to the other > N. DISCUSSIONS (D. 5 March 2015, No. 9, p. 496)

The legal regime for "visible" motor vehicle spare parts: a double misunderstanding > D. FERRIER and Y. REBOUL (D. 22 Jan. 2015, No. 3, p. 169)

Chronicle Distribution and competitor protection > M. MALAURIE-VIGNAL and N. MATHEY (Contracts, conc., consum. Jan. 2015, no. 1, comm. 4 to 12; Feb. 2015, no. 2, comm. 31 to 38; Mar. 2015, no. 3, comm. 59 to 65)

3. Restrictive Practices

The European qualification of the concession contract (About the Court of Cassation ruling of 19 November 2014) > M. BEHAR-TOUCHAIS (RLDA 2015/102, March 2015, No. 5808, p. 35)

The significant imbalance before the Paris Court of Appeal > M. CHAGNY (RTD com. Oct.-Dec. 2014, p. 785)

Termination of business contracts > D. SAVOVA, A. KENNEDY, S. BROS, J.-D. BRETZNER, E. DUMINY and J.-L. FOURGOUX (AJ contrats d’affaires, No. 1, Jan. 2015, File, pp. 7-24)

To invoke or not to invoke directly Article L. 442-6, I, 5° of the Commercial Code: such is the question > S. CHOLET (RLDA 2015/100, 5436, p. 56)

Commercial relations between professionals: details from the DGCCRF on the Hamon law > N. PETRIGNET (BRDA 23/2014, 28, p. 25)

Assessing the proportionality of a non-competition clause > M. MALAURIE-VIGNAL (JCP éd. E, No. 51-52, 18 Dec. 2014, 1657, p. 36)

4. Concentrations

Merger control and non-controlling minority shareholdings: is reform really necessary? > N. LEVY and F. DE BURE (RLC 2015/42, No. 2661, p. 11)

White Paper for a More Effective EU Merger Control: How to Review the Acquisition of Non-Controlling Minority Shareholdings? > G. MOTTA (Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 3 March 2015, 10.1093/jeclap/lpu128)

One and a half years of implementation of the merger control regime in COMESA >V. COURSIERE-PLUNTZ and P. MARLY (RDAI/IBLJ, Dec. 2014, No. 6, p. 445)

Concentration and IRP: Recent clarifications on the "concentration" expert appointed by the works council > J. LUCAS (Contracts, conc., consum. Jan. 2015, 1, Alert 1)

Merger law chronicle > D. BOSCO and C. PRIETO (Contracts, conc., consum. Feb. 2015, 2, Chron. 1)

Market Definition as a Problem of Statistical Inference > W. H. BOSHOFF (Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 10, 4, pp. 861-882)

A Retrospective Merger Analysis in the U.K. Videogame Market > L. AGUZZONI, E. ARGENTESI, P. BUCCIROSSI, L. CIARI, T. DUSO, M. TOGNONI and C. VITALE (Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 10, 4, pp. 933-958)

Tacit Collusion Indicators in Merger Control under Varied Focal Points > A. J. PROCTOR (Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 10, 4, pp. 959-987)

Merger Control Procedure and Enforcement: An International Comparison > R. GAVIN (European Competition Journal, 10, 3, pp. 523-549)

A Computationally Fast Estimator for Random Coefficients Logit Demand Models using Aggregate Data > J. LEE and K. SEO (The RAND Journal of Economics, 46, 1, pp. 86-102, Spring 2015)

From Cement to Digital Industries - EU Merger Control 2014 > A. WEITBRECHT (CLRAE 2015, 36(4), pp. 148-153)

EU Merger Control: The Relevance of Captive Sales for the Purpose of Market Definition and Competition Assessment > G. GOETEYN and S. ASHALL (Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 16 February 2015, 10.1093/jeclap/lpv004)

Recent Developments in EU Merger Remedies > C. COOK, S. FRISCH and V. NOVAK (Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 4 March 2015, 10.1093/jeclap/lpv014)

5. State aid

Key Developments in State Aid Law > J. DERENNE, J. BLOCKX, S. DOUDOUNTSAKI and J. RODRIGUEZ-TOQUERO (JECL & Pract. 2015, 6(3), pp. 210-217)

The Commission’s new approach to state aid to the financial sector > A. DE HAUTECLOCQUE (JDE Jan. 2015, No. 215, p. 11)

The regulation of public aid granted to firms in difficulty > Mr. BAZEX (Adm. Law March 2015, No. 3)

An Economic Assessment of the Usability of the New General Block Exemption Regulation for State Aid > P. NICOLAIDES (European Competition Journal, 10, 3, pp. 403-417)

Autogrill Espana SA v European Commission; and Banco Santander SA and Santusa Holding SL v European Commission: Spanish tax rules, State aid and "selective advantage". > E. HARDWICK and M. MCGOWAN (British Tax Review. 2015, 1, pp. 13-19)

Fiscal State Aid: Lights and Shadows in the 2013 Commission Decision on the Spanish Tax Lease System > G. MARTINEZ BARBARA (Euro. Tax. 2015, 55(2/3), pp. 69-77)

The Consequences of Unlawful State Aid > G. PERETZ (Tax Journal 2015, 1253, pp. 11-13)

6. Public sector and competition

The new Directives on public procurement and concessions > P. NIHOUL and T. BOMBOIS (JDE, No. 216, Feb. 2015, p. 42)

The influence of the European judge on the administrative judge in evidentiary matters > R. BARRUE-BELOU (Adm. Law Jan. 2015, No. 1)

Competition rules and acts of public persons in administrative and European law > J. SIRINELLI (RJEP Dec. 2014, No. 725)

7. Procedures

7.1. General

The protection of business secrets before the ADLC: How the Syndicat FILMM judgment of the Conseil d’État of 10 October 2014 illustrates the tensions between this protection and the adversarial principle > N. LENOIR (RLDA 2014/99, Dec. 2014, No. 5380, p. 35)

The Delta Pekarny case: a new building block for the fundamental safeguards for competition inspections > N. JALABERT-DOURY (RLC 2015/42, No. 2698, p. 68)

Si.mobil Telekomunikacijske: the Rejection of Complaints as a Tool to Manage Decentralized Enforcement Within the ECN > D. VIROS (Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 3 March 2015, 10.1093/jeclap/lpv015)

7.2. Sanction Policy - Clemency - Settlement - Undertakings

Company, group, business... Who is responsible for competition law? Who’s going to pay? > G. DECOCQ, I. LUC and G. CHALOT (AJ contrats d’affaires, No. 2, Feb. 2015, File, pp. 55-63)

Like mother, like daughter, except in competition law? > L. BERNARDEAU (RLC 2015/42, No. 2699, p. 74)

7.3. Actions for damages

Damages actions for anti-competitive practices soon to be facilitated > D. REDON (BRDA., 4/2015, Feb. 28, 2014, No. 22, p. 22)

In this very useful article, the author reviews the various evidentiary facilities available to victims of anti-competitive practices for the demonstration of their harm with a view to full reparation of the latter. See also J. GRANGEON (RLDA 2015/101, Feb. 2015, No. 5478, p. 59).

From a few procedural pebbles in the boots of victims of anti-competitive practices... Questions of substantive jurisdiction left unanswered > R. AMARO (Contracts, conc., consom. March 2015, no. 3, Study 4)

The Future of Collective Antitrust Redress: is Something New under the Sun? > Z. JUSKA (GCLR 2015, 8(1), pp. 14-24)

Circular on Group Action or the Art of Reconciling Divergent Interests > L. NICOLAS-VULLIERME (Contracts, conc., consom. Jan. 2015, no 1, Study 1)

Private enforcement directive. Is the European Union overstepping the mark? > C. BRÖMMELMEYER, E. JEULAND and M. SERAFIMOVA (JCP éd. G, no 12, March 2015, 343, p. 555) See also, L. IDOT, Droit antitrust: de l’illustration des limites de la nouvelle directive 2014/104/UE sur les actions en réparation (Europe, no 1, Jan. 2015, Alerte 1); L. IDOT, Des premières suites de la directive 2014/104/UE sur les actions en dommages et intérêts (Europe, no 2, Feb. 2015, Alerte 6)

8. Regulations

Liability actions against a regulatory authority The regulation of public aid granted to firms in difficulty > Mr. BAZEX (Adm. Law March 2015, No. 3)

Commenting on the judgment of the CJEU, 5e ch., 4 Sept. 2014, cases C-533/12 P and C-536/12 P, Sté Nationale Corse Méditerranée (SNCM) SA, Corsica Ferries France SAS, European Commission, the author addresses the question of the economic analysis of the restructuring operations of public operators, which makes it possible to determine the system of aid granted to them.

Authority’s analysis of the draft decrees on railway reform > R. NOGUELLOU (Adm. Law Feb. 2015, No. 2)

Regulation of the rail freight market > Mr. BAZEX (Adm. Law Jan. 2015, No. 1)

Regulated legal professions and competition > R. NOGUELLOU (Adm. Law March. 2015, No. 3)

9. International policy

Competition Policy Chronicle > N. JALABERT-DOURY, J. FOURQUET, A. TERCINET, J.-M. BLUTEL and T. SCHREPEL (RDAI/IBLJ, Dec. 2014, No. 6, p. 457)

This column is devoted to the analysis of international competition law news. As usual, it covers the latest developments in Community competition law, but also in national laws, not forgetting international developments in the field.