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1. General - Scope of application
Liberalisation of online gambling: overview of the future legal framework, T. Verbiest, P. Pelletier and G. Lebon (RLDA May 2010, n° 2866, p. 37)
See also, L’ouverture à la concurrence et à la régulation du secteur des jeux d’argent et de hasard en ligne en France : éclairages économique et juridique croisés, P. Le More and O. Sautel (Contrats, Conc., Consom., June 2010, Study, 7, p. 6); Opening up the gambling sector to competition - Contributions of the law of 12 May 2010, M. Razavi and A.-L. Falkman (JCP éd. E, No. 21, 27 May 2010, News, 290, p. 3); Opening to competition of online gambling and betting, N. Contis (JCP éd. G, No. 22, 31 May 2010, Overview, 590, p. 1106); La course aux jeux, L. Idot (Europe mai 2010, Focus, 28, p. 3); Paris limités, paris maîtrisés, paris régulés... mais paris libérés, L. Arcelin-Lécuyer (JCP éd. E, n° 22, 3 juin 2010, 1525, p. 26)
Abuse of dominant position, cartel and online commerce www.sncf-voyages.com before the Paris Court of Appeal, M. Chagny (Comm. com. élec., July-August 2010, No. 7-8, p. 27)
Muriel Chagny, commenting on the ruling of the Paris Court of Appeal in the so-called Expédia/SNCF case, highlights two very interesting procedural questions: the first is whether the application of the sensitivity threshold is mandatory or optional for the Competition Authority? To this question, the Court answered that it was optional under French law but mandatory under Community law, but without having to consider itself bound by the market share thresholds set by the Commission. The second question addressed by the author is that of the office of the judge, i.e. the powers of the Paris Court of Appeal in respect of commitments entered into by a party in the context of a procedure for the non-contestation of objections. On this question, the court, surprisingly, refused to use its power to issue injunctions when the Competition Authority had accepted commitments, especially when no special or ordinary law text prohibited it from doing so ...
The OFT’s de minimis exception - when size really doesn’t matter , D. Wirth & R. Mackenzie (ECLR, Aug. 2010, Vol. 31, Issue 8, p. 331).
See also, The application of the German and UK de minimis regimes in theory and in practice - a comparative analysis, A. Boos, , G. Christian & Thorsten Pries (ECLR, June 2010, Vol. 31, Issue 6, p. 231).
Practices of the pharmaceutical industry: what application of competition law?, E. Dieny (Contracts, Conc., Consom., May 2010, Focus, 35, p. 2)
Protection of databases: the articulation of the sui generis right with competition law, M. Lecardonnel (Expertises des systèmes d’information, June 2010, Doctrine, p. 221)
The elusive standard of proof in EU competition cases, E. Gippini-Fournier (World Competition, Vol. 33, Issue 2, p. 187).
Taxi and competition, A. Thevand (AJDA, No. 20/2010, 14 June 2010, p. 1124)
The competition rules applicable to undertakings, T. Fouquet, J. Sladic and É. Vanham (JDE, Apr. 2010, No. 168, p. 111).
Activity of the Community Courts in competition law (September 2009) and (October 2009 to January 2010), P. Arhel (Petites affiches, 12 Apr. 2010, No 72, p. 6 and Petites affiches, 31 May 2010, No 107, p. 13)
Activity of the Paris Court of Appeal in the field of anti-competitive practices (July to November 2009) and (December 2009 to January 2010), P. Arhel (Petites affiches, 8 Apr. 2010, No. 70, p. 7 and Petites affiches, 13-14 May 2010, No. 95-96, p. 3)
Chronique Concurrence, E. Claudel (RTD com., Jan-March 2010, p. 72)
Chronique Concurrence, L. Idot (Europe, Apr. 2010, comm. 143-144, p. 22; May 2010, comm. 171-174, p. 31; June 2010, comm. 212-213)
Chronique Droit de la Concurrence, L. Idot and C. Prieto (RDC 2010/1, p. 97)
Chronique Concurrence, M. Bazex G. Decocq, M. Malaurie-Vignal et D. Bosco (Contracts, Competition, Consumer Affairs, May 2010, comm. 128-138, p. 24; June 2010, comm. 159-167, p. 24)
Chronique de droit économique, C. Anadon (RLDA May 2010, 49, n° 2868 to 2871, p. 45; June 2010, 50, n° 2912 to 2915, p. 40)
Chronique Concurrence, (RJDA, May. 2010, p. 529; June 2010, p. 632)
2009 Annual Review of Domestic Competition Law, I. Luc & M. Claudel-Picard (RJEP, No. 676, June 2010, p. 2)
Chronique annuelle 2009 de jurisprudence communautaire, F. Donnat (RJEP, No. 677, July 2010, p. 10).
Chronicle Court of Justice of the European Communities v Court of Justice of the European Union, C-J. Berr, F. Chaltiel, M. Fallon, S. Francq and C. Prieto (JDI Clunet, Apr-May-June 2010, No 2/2010, p. 569)
Current developments in competition law and regulation, S. Nicinski, P-A. Jeanneney and E. Glaser (AJDA, No. 22/2010, 28 June 2010, p. 1246)
European competition law review developments under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Articles 101 and 102, in 2008/2009, John Kallaugher & A. Weitbrecht (ECLR, Jul. 2010, Vol. 31, Issue 8, p. 307).
T-mobile case: The CJEU recalls some fundamental principles of competition law and establishes the presumption of causality as a mandatory procedural rule for the national judge, J.-C. Bermond (RDAI/IBLJ, 2/2010, p. 173).
Glaxosmith case: contractual clauses relating to parallel trade in medicines, B. Bär-Bouyssière (JDE, Feb. 2010, no. 166, p. 46)
Exclusivities relating to the distribution of a technological innovation and prohibited agreement, G. Decocq (RJC, March-Apr 2010, No. 2, p. 148)
A single pricing system for digital books? Later perhaps and by contractual means, Mr Chagny (Elec. Com. Comm., Apr 2010, No. 4, p. 34).
Vertical agreements : New competition rules for the next decade, M. Brenning-Louko, A. Gurin, L. Peeperkorn & K. Viertiö (CPI Antitrust Chronicle, June 2010, release 1)
The process of reforming the Community rules on vertical restraints has occupied the doctrine for many months. Immediately after the adoption of the new Block Exemption Regulation and the new Guidelines, many articles describe and analyse these new texts.
Notably, the CPI Antitrust Chronicle (an online magazine formerly known as GCP Magazine, available at www.competitionpolicyinternational.com/chronicle) devoted its two June publications to the subject, entitled The new EU approach to vertical agreements. This first paper is written by members of the unit in charge of the reform process at the European Commission and gives a very clear presentation of the context of the reform, the new texts and the most important issues. A very good starting point in short. Then there are general articles as well as articles on a specific point of the reform, written by academics, professionals or representatives of the competition authorities. These articles include How the national competition authorities’ decisions fed into the modernization of the EU vertical agreements block exemption regulation and guidelines: The example of the French Autorité de la concurrence, L. Bellulo, U. Berkani & V. Meunier (release 2) and Resale Price Maintenance in the post-Leegin world: A comparative look at recent developments in the United States and European Union, A. Gavill (release 1).
See also, La nouvelle exemption des accords de distribution : une insécurité grandissante, C. Vilmart (JCP éd. E, n° 23, 10 June 2010, 1556, p. 17), Concurrence : les nouvelles règles applicables aux restrictions verticales, P. Nihoul (JDE, mai 2010, n° 169, p. 139) ; Nouveau règlement d’exemption par catégories des restrictions verticales (Règl. UE n° 330/2010, 20 avr. 2010), N. Raud et G. Notted (JCP ed. E, No. 17, 29 Apr. 2010, News, 237, p. 3); Distribution and vertical agreements: revision of the Community exemption rules, A. Astaix (D. 29 Apr. 2010, No. 17, p. 1015); The new rules applicable to vertical restraints of competition. Quelles changements pour la distribution en ligne, M. Chagny and S. Chagny (D. 29 Apr. 2010, No. 17, p. 1015); Les nouvelles règles applicables aux restrictions verticales de concurrence. Choisy (JCP éd. G, n° 27, 7 Jul. 2010, Etudes, 774, p. 1417).
New Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (EU Reg. 461/2010, 27 May 2010), N. Raud and G. Notted (JCP ed. E, No. 22, 3 June 2010, News, 304, p. 6)
See also, Europe’s reform of the regulatory framework of motor vehicle distribution, G. Pelecanos (CPI Antitrust Chronicle, June 2010, release 1).
Revision of horizontal restrictions, P. Arhel (JCP éd. E, n° 20, 20 May 2010, News, 271, p. 3)
Selective distribution and e-commerce: an unfinished development, S. De Senhiles and O. Roux (RJDA, May. 2010, Chron., p. 447)
Chronique Distribution, M. Malaurie-Vignal and N. Mathey (Contracts, Conc., Consom., May 2010, comm. 119 to 127, p. 15; June 2010, comm. 153 to 158, p. 20)
3. Abuse of dominance
Divergences transatlantiques en matière d’application de la théorie des facilités essentielles aux actifs immatériels, F. Marty and J. Pillot (Revue d’économie industrielle, n° 129-130, 1st and 2nd quarters 2010, p. 277)
The EU Commission guidance on exclusionary abuse of dominance - and its consequences in practice, M. A. Gravengaard & N. Kjaersgaard (ECLR, Jul. 2010, Vol. 31, Issue 7, p. 285).
Anticompetitive versus competitive explanations of unilateral practices: The identification problem, M. Polo (Journal of Competition Law and Economics, June 2010, Vol. 6, Issue 2, p. 457)
A framework to enforce anti-predation rules, K. Hüschelrath & J. Weigand (World Competition, Vol. 33, Issue 2, p. 209)
The Impala case: a quiet conclusion but a lasting legacy, J. Golding (ECLR, Jul. 2010, Vol. 31, Issue 7, p. 261).
Microsoft’s browser choice commitments and public interoperability undertaking, M. Dolmans, T. Graf & D. R. Little (ECLR, Jul. 2010, Vol. 31, Issue 7, p. 268)
Les problèmes posés par la mise en œuvre de l’interdiction des abus de position dominante dans le cadre de l’attribution d’une convention de délégation de service public (note ss. Paris, pôle 5, ch. 5-7, 9 mars 2010, SNCM), M. Bazex (JCP éd. E, n° 16, 22 avr. 2010, 1386, p. 16)
An undertaking may be sued for disparagement on the basis of abuse of a dominant position, M. Malaurie-Vignal (JCP éd. E, n° 17, 29 Apr.2010, 1411, p. 21)
4. Restrictive practices
Around the abrupt termination of commercial relations: competence and notice periods, N. Mathey (JCP éd. E, n° 21, 27 May 2010, 1504, p. 32)
See also, on the same issue, the study by K. Haeri and M. Pichon de Bury (Contracts, Conc., Consom., May 2010, Study, 6, p. 8).
The right to raise prices at a competitor’s premises in the light of the case-law, E. Lamazerolles (JCP éd. E, No. 20, 20 May 2010, 1471, p. 26)
Unfair competition and free riding: two autonomous regimes? G. Decocq (RJC, March-Apr 2010, No 2, p. 88).
Chronique Droit des concentrations, D. Bosco (Contrats, Conc., Consom., June 2010, comm. 1 to 6, p. 11)
The June 2010 issue of Contracts, Competition and Consumer Affairs magazine inaugurates an entire column dedicated to merger control. Every quarter, it will therefore provide a regular update on merger law. This column deals with French merger control alone, but covers all the changes that have taken place in this area since the entry into force of the new French merger control system resulting from the LME of 4 August 2008, which gave the French Competition Authority the leading role in implementing merger control. The period under review therefore runs from March 2009 to March 2010. Community merger control will also be discussed in future columns.
Merger control: main contributions of the Competition Authority Guidelines, D. Redon and B. Philippe (BRDA 7/10, 15 April 2010, p. 11)
Merger simulation in competition policy: A survey, O. Budzinski & I. Ruhmer (Journal of Competition Law and Economics, June 2010, Vol. 6, Issue 2, p. 277)
6. State aid
La procédure de récupération des aides d’État illégales, M. Bazex (D. adm, No 5, May 2010, p. 28)
If you had missed an episode in the CELF saga, Michel Bazex takes you through the different stages of this case, clarifying the role played by national courts in State aid matters and in particular the distinction between illegal and incompatible aid. He also comments on the recent decision of the Court of Justice authorising a national court not to order the recovery of unlawful aid subsequently declared compatible by the Commission, which sets out the practical arrangements in terms of interest rates, payment of the sums in question into a blocked account, etc. He also explains the role of the national courts in the recovery of aid.
What is the status of state aid law?, C. Castor (D. adm, No. 5, May 2010, p. 8)
Chronique Aides d’État, M. Dony (JDE, May 2010, n° 169, p. 146)
Chronicle of public aid, T. Fouquet (RMCUE, No. 538, May 2010, p. 331)
7. Public sector and competition
Competitive risks that may result from a privatisation of the airport sector, S. V & C. G (RJEP, No. 676, June. 2010, p. 14).
Chronique des marchés publics dans la jurisprudence de la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne (1er janvier 2009 - 31 décembre 2009), S. Rodrigues, C. Bernard-Glanz and L. Levi (RMCUE, n° 539, June 2010, p. 395)
Contracts awarded by managers of privatised airports, ss. Adlc, Opinion No. 10-A-04, M. Bazex (D. adm, No. 6, June 2010, p. 26)
L’incidence du droit de la concurrence sur le principe et le régime de l’intervention publique, M. Bazex (D. adm, n° 4, avr. 2010, p. 22)
Royalty and competition, S. Ziani (Contracts and Public Procurement, No. 4, Apr. 2010, p. 6)
One year of EU public procurement law, W. Zimmer (Contracts and Public Procurement, No. 6, June 2010, p. 12)
Clarification of the scope of secrecy of the investigation before the Competition Authority and its implications in a civil lawsuit, A. Friboulet (RJEP, No. 677, July 2010, p. 16).
This article deals with the thorny question of the secrecy of the investigation before the Competition Authority and the possibilities for a company party to use documents resulting from this procedure in the context of a civil compensation dispute. The author thus comments on the ruling of the Court of Cassation of 19 January 2010 in the JVC case, which, without prohibiting the use of documents from a "competition" case in a civil case, very specifically limits their use to cases in which a party proves that it needs to use such documents to exercise its rights.
8.2. Sanction Policy - Clemency - Settlement - Undertakings
Sentencing in competition law, T. Folder (RLDA June 2010, No. 2928, p. 71)
Vers une méthode de calcul des sanctions en droit français de la concurrence, (BRDA, 5/10, 15 March 2010, No. 26, p. 12)
Les modes alternatifs de règlement des conflits en droit de la concurrence, J.-B. Drummen (JCP éd. E, n° 18-19, 6 May 2010, 1443, p. 27)
Damage to the economy in case of anti-competitive practice, (BRDA 30 Apr. 2010, No. 8, No. 20, p. 10)
Regulatory compliance and "compliance programmes", C. Collard et alii (Cah. dr. entr., No. 2, March-April 2010, Round Table, p. 9)
Regulatory law review Revue du droit de la régulation, M. A. Frison-Roche (Petites affiches, special issue, 6 May 2010, No. 90, pp. 2-55)
A single pricing system for digital books? Later perhaps and by contractual means, Mr. Chagny (Electr. Com. Comm., April 2010, comm. 35)
10. International policy
Abuse of economic power and private international law, Mr Béhar Touchais (RIDE, 1/2010, p. 37).
Competition policy and entrepreneurship development: some international comparisons, M.T. Schaper, A. Clear & G. Baker (ECLR, June 2010, Vol. 31, Issue 6, p. 226).
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