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Clifford Chance


Antitrust Review July - December 2012

21 December 2012

Articles in this issue:


  • Commission fines producers of TV and computer monitor tubes €1.47 billion.
  • Microsoft receives SO for non-compliance with commitments.
  • Universal/EMI receives conditional clearance.
  • General Court upholds Commission's bitumen decision.
  • Commission opens wire harnesses investigation.
  • Commission sends SO to computer CD and DVD drives suppliers.


  • Wal-Mart's acquisition of Chinese online retail platform receives conditional clearance.
  • ARM / Giesecke & Devrient / Gemalto JV receives conditional clearance.
  • Second hand car dealers fined for cartel conduct.

Czech Republic

  • Amendments to the CCA. A bill amending the Czech Competition Act came into effect on 1 December 2012.


  • FCO fines Haribo for information exchange.


  • FTC warns alcohol wholesalers against suspected beer sales below cost.


  • RCC closes mobile telecommunication prepay cards investigation.

Slovak Republic

  • Council of the Antimonopoly Office confirms fine against ZSE-D.

United Kingdom

  • Cross channel transport merger referred to CC.
  • OFT recommends release from Yellow Pages undertakings.
  • OFT launches revised Competition Act procedures guidance.
  • OFT launches review of personal current account market.
  • Voluntary assurances to the OFT by NHS hospital trusts.

United States

  • FTC addresses standard essential patent conduct in merger review.
  • Biglari settles alleged violation of US premerger notification requirements.
  • Pharmaceutical cooperative and FTC reach consent order on collective bargaining.
  • FTC seeks comments on proposed changes to reporting requirements under the HSR Act for exclusive patent licenses in the pharmaceutical industry.
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