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
On 30 June 2013, the Eighth Amendment to the Act Against Restraints of Competition (“ARC”) came into force in Germany. This reform introduces important changes to German merger control law and to the regulation of abuse of dominance. Business should take careful note of these changes for their M&A transactions and for their antitrust compliance
The German competition authority (Bundeskartellamt) published this week new guidelines for the calculation of fines for antitrust infringements, which will be applicable with immediate effect. These changes introduce less predictability and potentially larger fines for antitrust infringement in Germany.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently fined several foreign carriers for violations of its new passenger protection rules. The civil monetary penalties ranged from $60,000 to $70,000. DOT fined Royal Jordanian Airlines for two violations: (1) its failure to comply with the new “full fare” advertising rule under 14 CFR 399.84(a) by displaying only the base
For the first time, the European Commission has fined a company for the specific violation of obstructing IT searches during a dawn raid (on-the-spot inspection) which was carried out as part of an antitrust investigation. On 28 March 2012, the European Commission fined Czech energy companies Energetický a průmyslový and EP Investment Advisors EUR2.5 million