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Between the needs of public health and free markets: the Scottish Minimum Alcohol pricing saga nears the end… what now?

Hazardous consumption of alcohol is a true “Scottish disease” and the Scottish Government’s legislation imposing minimum prices for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages represented a controversial attempt to tackle the problem. Four years on, the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) … Continue reading

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Roam Like at Home–an idea yesterday, today almost a reality!

The weather is still quite cold, yet the time is coming when many start planning the next summer getaway.  In addition to booking a hotel, arranging for a flight or train ticket and perhaps booking a transfer, thinking about how … Continue reading

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Patented or generic? Time for the CMA to speak on pharmaceutical ‘pay-for-delay’ arrangements

Encouraging the development of innovative medicines and at the same time maintaining the steady flow of existing ones so that patients can access treatment at the point of need is an ongoing challenge for the pharmaceutical industry: in this context … Continue reading

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And then we came to the end, or perhaps not! The Court of Justice speaks on the Scottish alcohol minimum pricing legislation!

Christmas is a time of gifts and what a greater gift than seeing the EU Court of Justice eventually handing down a much awaited judgment just before the 24th of December? This time the judges in Luxembourg have seen it … Continue reading

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The Consumer Rights Act enters in force–a brave new world of consumer protection?

It does not happen very often–well, not to this blogger anyhow–to find out that a recent topic of research has made it to the Breakfast news (see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34410782 for a potted history of the Act!)… but this is what has … Continue reading

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Bottoms up? Not just yet… the 2012 Minimum Pricing legislation put to the Advocate General’s test…

Controversial legislation always keeps the mood and attention of commentators rather alert and the 2012 Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act has been no exception. Come September 3 and while it cannot be said that the wait is over, it is … Continue reading

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The Smith Commission and competition policy–more power for Scottish Ministers?

To look at the figures, one could think that in Scotland “we do not do competition law”: cases in this area have been few and far between. Even the merger notification concerning BritVic and Barr, while looking “truly Scottish” (due … Continue reading

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Mission accomplished–BSkyB/Sky Deutschland/Sky Italia: business as usual?

When it was notified in August, the merger between BSkyB and Sky’s German and Italian arms was met with mixed reactions. Several commentators, largely in the media arena, regarded it as an attempt for the acquiring business to streamline its … Continue reading

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Once more unto the (alleged…) breach: the EU Commission reopens the Google file…

In many ways, it could have been predicted–when last February Commissioner Almunia announced that a settlement had been reached as regards the allegations of abuse of a dominant position made against Google criticism was almost inevitable (see: http://www.clie.law.ed.ac.uk/2014/02/28/when-is-an-anti-competitive-practice-truly-of-serious-concern-the-google-commitments-decision-leaves-this-and-other-questions-open/ for what … Continue reading

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BSkyB/Sky Italy and Sky Deutschland–almost done and dusted? All thanks to Ms Murphy perhaps?

When the news that BSkyB was in talks with NewsCorp got to the headlines a few months ago, one could have been forgiven for thinking that we had gone back to June 2010… that was when NewsCorp had made its … Continue reading

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