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The Court of Session as a European Union Court? The example of the challenge to the minimum price on alcohol legislation

The preliminary reference procedure has represented a powerful tool for maintaining the unity and consistency of EU law in cases in which domestic courts were called upon to interpret and apply the Treaties and other union rules.  Thanks to this … Continue reading

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Decision time on minimum price on alcohol legislation: a victory for the Scottish Government

Today has seen the Court of Session rule on the legality of the Alcohol (minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012( see:  http://www.scotland-judiciary.org.uk/9/1040/Petition-for-Judicial-Review-by-Scotch-Whisky-Association-And-Others); while the final judgment will be published in a few hours, the Court of Session press release has already … Continue reading

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Time, gentlemen, time, The date for the Court hearing on the minimum price on alcohol legislation is getting near!

2013 has started in earnest for the Scotch Whisky Association and the Scottish Health Minister: the challenge against the Scottish Parliament's legislation imposing a minimum price on alcohol beverage is due to be heard on 15 January for seven days.  … Continue reading

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More movement on the energy market: and now it is BP and Russian oil!

Just when we thought that Russian/European energy adventures could be left to simmer away in Brussels… here comes the announcement that BP has disposed of its 50% interest in TNK/BP in exchange for Rosneft shares. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20030610 Given the importance of … Continue reading

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Cold winters loom large? From Gazprom to the war of words on tariffs in the UK-the quest for efficient and open energy markets knows no end!

The energy sector has represented a key target for the competition enforcement activities of the EU Commission for a considerable time.  This activity has accompanied and in some cases followed the enactment of legislation designed to liberalise the markets for … Continue reading

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Minimum prices for alcoholic beverages-the Commission thinks about going to Court

  If it was a TV series, we could safely say that we are watching the second instalment of the "story" of Scottish legislation introducing minmum prices on alcoholic beverages.  The end of September saw the EU Commission stating that … Continue reading

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Of lending rates, information exchange agreements and competition-the Libor scandal and Article 101 TFEU

Banks are, once again, topping the news sheets, if they had ever stopped… And now it is for allegations of rigging the Libor exchange rate.  It is already rather disconcerting that such an important element in the determination of banking … Continue reading

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Once more on the news-the Intel appeal gathers speed!

The Intel appeal is among the major and best known cases pending before the General Court so far: lodged in 2009 to challenge a decision in which the Commission had fined the applicant for allegedly abusing its dominant position, this … Continue reading

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News come hard and fast-new OFT CEO announced today!

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable MP, announced today that Clive Maxwell is to replace John Fingleton as Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Fair Trading. Clive Maxwell is currently an Executive Director and Member of the Board of the … Continue reading

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Hot off the press-forthcoming Competition Law workshop in Edinburgh, Programme published!

The Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) is delighted to announce that the programme for the XXth workshop is now public.  The theme of the workshop will be "Competition Law and the Economic Crisis". We are very honoured to have Prof … Continue reading

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