Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo

Martinez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann (Madrid)
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Paloma Martínez-Lage is a Partner at Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann in Madrid, where she specialises in EU and Spanish competition law. She graduated in Law from the University San Pablo-CEU in Madrid (1997), where she obtained a certificate of specialisation in Business Administration (1998). She holds an LL.M degree in European Community Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1999, Grand Distinction). Her practice covers abuses of dominant position, anti-competitive agreements, merger control issues and state aid rules, as well as follow-on damages claims, with a particular focus on sectors such as telecommunications and energy. Paloma has previously worked as an in-house lawyer in the Corporate Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department of a mobile operator in Spain.

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Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo The Spanish Parliament adopts a new competition act

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A new competition Act has entered into force in Spain since September, 1st 2007. The new Act entails a significant reform of the Spanish competition regime and will bring in further harmonisation of Spanish competition law with the EU rules. The new Act replaces the individual authorisation (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo The Spanish National Court significantly reduces the fine imposed on a local association of driving schools for issuing a collective recommendation on prices (Autoescuelas Alcalá)

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The decision of the competition authority On 9 March 2000, the Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia (TDC) -the second-tier competition authority that existed in Spain under Act 16/1989 and that has been replaced since September 1st 2007 by a single body, the National Competition Commission- (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo The Spanish Supreme Court confirms an abuse of dominant position by the telecom incumbent consisting on a refusal to supply lines to 3C Communications (Teléfonos en Aeropuertos - Telefónica de España)

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Introduction On 6 March 2003, the Spanish Supreme Court (the Tribunal Supremo, TS) confirmed a judgement of the Spanish National Court (the Audiencia Nacional, AN) which upheld a decision of 1 February 1995 by the Spanish competition authority (the Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia, TDC (...)

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Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Espagne : L’Audiencia Nacional annule l’amende imposée par l’Autorité espagnole de concurrence à l’association de transport réfrigéré par route faute d’élément suffisamment probant concernant la participation de l’association à la pratique incriminée après 2008 (ATFRIE)

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In 2015, the Spanish competition authority (CNMC) fined ATFRIE and 12 refrigerated transport companies for colluding to fix prices in the refrigerated road transport sector in Spain from April 1993 to December 2012 (Decision of the CNMC of 25 June 2015, case S/0454/12, Transporte frigorífico). (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Espagne : L’Audiencia Provincial de Barcelone accueille partiellement le recours introduit par trois fabricants d’enveloppes contre huit jugements de première instance ayant accordé des dommages et intérêts dans des actions consécutives à une décision de l’Autorité espagnole de concurrence qui a sanctionné une entente dans le secteur des enveloppes (Planeta, Misiones Salesianas, Bankoa...)

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The Audiencia Provincial of Barcelona has partially overturned eight judgments of two sections of the Juzgado de lo Mercantil of Barcelona which had awarded damages to several claimants in follow-on actions based on the Spanish envelope cartel case. The Audiencia Provincial partially accepts (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Espagne : L’Audiencia Provincial de Madrid réforme les jugements de première instance ayant accordé des dommages et intérêts sur la base de l’évaluation du demandeur et accorde des dommages et intérêts calculés sur une quantification alternative moins élevée proposée par le rapport d’expertise du défendeur (Cámara de Comercio, Obras Misionales Pontificias)

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The Audiencia Provincial of Madrid has overturned two judgments of two different Commercial Courts of Madrid which had dismissed the follow-on claims brought by alleged victims of the envelope cartel. The first instance courts had found that the claimants and their expert reports did not (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Spain : The Audiencia Provincial of Valencia grants in second instance 5% compensation for damages in a follow-on action based on the European Commission Decision in the truck cartel case (CNH Industrial NV)

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The Audiencia Provincial of Valencia has partially upheld a first instance judgment awarding damages equivalent to 5% of the purchase price of the truck (totalling 3,985 euros) and quashed the judgment just in respect of the interests, finding that they should have been added from the purchase (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Spain : The Audiencia Provincial of Barcelona reduces the amount to be paid to a collecting society, finding that the fees requested from a concert promoter were abusive based on an earlier decision of the Spanish Competition Authority (SGAE)

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The Audiencia Provincial of Barcelona has partially quashed the judgment of a Juzgado Mercantil of Barcelona which awarded collecting society SGAE € 115,398 corresponding to unpaid IP rights. The Audiencia Provincial found that the amount claimed by SGAE was inflated due to the application of (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Spain : The Audiencia Nacional grants the interim suspension of a decision of the Spanish Competition Authority regarding the exclusion from tenders of public contractors fined for market-sharing agreements (EYM Instalaciones)

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In a Decision of 14 March 2019 (case S/DC/0598/2016, Railway electrification and electromechanics), the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) decided for the first time to activate the prohibition to participate in public tenders, foreseen in the Spanish Public Procurement Act (Act 9/2017), for (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Spain : The Spanish Supreme Court finds that the joint proposal, submitted by several cotton ginning companies to the public administration, to include in a Royal Decree a limitation of the subsidies to certain companies does not breach competition rules, insofar as there is no sign of fraud or deceit in the information submitted to the authorities (Eurosemillas, Algodonera del Sur, Agrupación Española de Desmotadora de Algodón)

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In three recently issued judgments the Spanish Supreme Court reduced the fines imposed by the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) on eight undertakings active in the cotton ginning sector after excluding from the single and continuous infringement the conduct consisting of market foreclosure (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Spain : The Spanish Commercial Court of Bilbao grants damages equivalent to 15% of the purchase price in a follow-on claim based on the European Commission decision in the truck cartel case (CNH Industrial NV, Iveco)

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Based on the European Commission Decision in the truck cartel case (Case AT.39824 — Trucks), a Commercial Court of Bilbao has awarded damages to an unnamed claimant who had bought 17 trucks in the period of the cartel from CNH INDUSTRIAL NV and IVECO S.P.A. which were among the companies fined (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Spain : The Spanish Supreme Court confirms an extensive interpretation of the concept of “governing body” of an infringing legal person and finds no breach of fundamental rights in publishing the names of the managers fined in a decision of the competition authority (Mr. Cesar ; Mr. Daniel)

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In two recently issued judgments the Spanish Supreme Court upheld two judgments of the Audiencia Nacional confirming the fines imposed by a decision of the Spanish Competition Authority (“CNMC”) on two managers in a case regarding anticompetitive agreements in the market for railway turnouts. In (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Espagne : La Cour Suprême espagnole juge que sa doctrine de la “constatation fortuite” n’est pas applicable lorsque l’ordonnance autorisant l’enquête est trop vague (S. Solis, Hijos de Demetrio Fernández, Unión de Empresas de Recuperación)

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The Spanish Supreme Court has annulled three paper waste cartel fines because the “incidental finding” doctrine was not applicable to the evidence that led to the initiation of proceedings and which was found in the inspections carried out in a different investigation. In November 2014 the (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Espagne : Le Tribunal de commerce de Valence octroie des dommage et intérêts dans une action en follow-on consécutive à une décision de la Commission européenne dans le cartel des fabricants de camions (Mr. Octavio / MAN España)

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In one of the first rulings in Spain awarding damages based on the European Commission Decision in the truck cartel case (Case AT.39824 — Trucks), a judgment of 20 February 2019 of a Commercial Court in Valencia (Juzgado de lo Mercantil nº 3 de Valencia) found in favor of the claimant, an (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Espagne : La Cour Suprême espagnole confirme le droit de toute partie à être entendue lorsque l’autorité de concurrence change la qualification légale des faits à l’issue de la procédure, mais seulement si ce changement entraîne une atteinte aux droits de la défense (Maderas José Sainz)

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In five judgments issued in December 2018 and published in the first quarter of 2019, the Spanish Supreme Court confirmed the judgments of the Audiencia Nacional quashing the CNMC Wooden Pallets cartel decision. In September 2014 the Spanish Competition Authority (the “CNMC”) had fined 24 wooden (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : La Cour suprême d’Espagne valide le test "croisé" complémentaire au test du concurrent aussi efficace pour apprécier les effets d’éviction d’une pratique de compression de marge (BT / CNMC, Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange)

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By Judgment of 9 October 2018, issued in appeal n° 4509/2017, the Supreme Court has confirmed the Judgment of 27 May 2017 of the Audiencia Nacional (appeal nº 263/16) which decided on the appeal by British Telecommunications, PLC and BT España Compañía De Servicios Globales De Telecomunicaciones, (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : Le Tribunal de commerce de Barcelone octroie des dommages et intérêts à trois entreprises dans une série d’actions introduite à la suite de la condamnation d’un cartel par l’Autorité espagnole de la concurrence en 2013 (Misiones Salesianas / ADVEO ; CIFDSA / ADVEO ; Mutua Madrileña Automovilista / ADVEO)

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In March 2013 the Spanish Competition Authority (the “CNMC”) fined several paper envelope manufacturers for a single continuous infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 1 of the Spanish Competition Act from 1977 to 2010 consisting of (i) price fixing and market sharing agreements regarding envelopes (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : La Cour Suprême espagnole confirme l’annulation d’une décision modifiant une notification de griefs et juge que la décision d’élargir la durée de l’infraction poursuivie ne constitue pas simplement la correction d’une erreur matérielle mais bien une modification des faits justifiant les poursuites, ce qui n’est pas permis par la loi (Nestlé España)

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By Judgement of 24 July 2018, issued in appeal n° 2665/2016, the Supreme Court has confirmed the Judgement of 11 July 2016 of the Audiencia Nacional (appeal n° 343/14) deciding on the appeal by Nestlé España S.A. against the decision of the Council of the Spanish Competition Authority (the “CNMC”) (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : L’Autorité espagnole de la concurrence sanctionne cinq agences médias et certains de leurs dirigeants pour échange d’informations sensibles ayant pour objet une répartition du marché des contrats “publics” de publicité (Agences Médias)

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Par décision du 7 mai 2018 adoptée dans l’affaire S/0584/16, Agences Médias, l’autorité espagnole de la concurrence (ci-après “CNMC”) a infligé aux agences Carat España SAU, Inteligencia y Media, Media Sapiens Spain SL et Persuade Comunicación SA des amendes dont le montant total avoisine 7 millions (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : La Cour Suprême espagnole rétablit la sanction imposée par l’Autorité de la concurrence à une association dans le secteur des mandarines (Club de variedades vegetales protegidas)

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Par décision du 4 juillet 2013, l’Autorité espagnole de la concurrence (ci-après “CNMC”) imposa à l’association Club de variedades vegetales protegidas (ci-après “CVVP”) une sanction de 4 974 027 euros pour une infraction à l’article 1 de la Loi de Défense de la Concurrence (ci-après “LDC”) ainsi qu’à (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo Spain’s New Competition Act

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A new competition Act will enter into force in Spain on September, 1st 2007. The new Act entails a significant reform of the Spanish competition regime and will bring in further harmonisation of Spanish competition law with the EU rules. The new Act replaces the individual authorisation system (...)

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