The High Court has confirmed the recent landmark decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and allowed the appeal of Karen Murphy, the Portsmouth landlady who was convicted of two offences under section 297(1) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA).
On 19 October, the UK Office of Fair Trading ("OFT") published for consultation two draft guidance documents intended to help businesses and company directors comply with competition law. Both documents provide a useful steer to businesses and their senior management grappling with this important issue.
There is an unprecedented focus by the competition authorities in Europe on the food sector, and this sector is being subjected to a root and branch review. Large processed food suppliers and retailers are likely to be a particular focus of attention.
On 26 November 2008, the UK Competition Commission (“CC”) published new guidelines to explain its approach to the selection and implementation of remedies in merger inquiries referred to it by the Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) under sections 22 or 33 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (“the Act”).
On 10 April 2008, the Court of First Instance ("CFI") confirmed the European Commission’s ("Commission") decision that Deutsche Telekom ("DT") abused its dominant position on the markets for direct access to its fixed telephone network by engaging in a margin squeeze.