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A Bigger Carrot: Commission Official Signals Availability of Larger Fine Discounts For Cooperation in Abuse Cases

In September 2016, the European Commission granted a 30% fine discount to Altstoff Recycling Austria for cooperating with an investigation into its alleged abuse of a dominant position in the Austria waste management market (see our previous post here). The discount was granted on the basis of Paragraph 37 of the 2006 Fining guidelines, which allows

FCC Fines More Companies for Wi-Fi Blocking

On November 2, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued two proposed fines related to Wi-Fi hotspot blocking.   In the first notice the FCC proposed a penalty of $718,000 against M.C. Dean, one of the largest U.S. electrical contracting companies, for allegedly interfering with and disabling the operation of consumers’ Wi-Fi devices at the Baltimore

Overhaul of Polish consumer law

Important amendments to Polish consumer protection law have been introduced which increase the risk of doing business in Poland. Please see our e-alert summarising the principal changes.  

EU ruling on when dealings with patent and other regulatory authorities can infringe competition rules

On 6 December 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) handed down the final chapter in the long-running AstraZeneca case (Case C-457/10P, AstraZeneca v European Commission). Whilst the CJEU refrained from establishing a detailed test for when conduct before a patent office can constitute an abuse of a dominant position, it confirmed that misuse of regulatory procedures

U.S. Department of Transportation Imposes $250,000 Civil Penalty on British Airways for Violations of Consumer Protection Rules

  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued a Consent Order imposing a large civil penalty on British Airways for violations of its consumer protection rules.  DOT Order 2012-10-1   BritishAirwaysConsentOrder The Department concluded that British Airways had violated Article 17 (damaged/lost baggage) of the Montreal Convention by implementing a policy and tariffs whereby it