Competition annual round-up: reviewing 2017 and previewing 2018
Competition annual round-up: reviewing 2017 and previewing 2018

The following Competition guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Competition annual round-up: reviewing 2017 and previewing 2018
  • Reviewing 2017
  • Abuse of a dominant position
  • State aid
  • Private actions
  • Investigating markets
  • Previewing 2018
  • Abuse of a dominant position
  • Restrictive agreements/EU merger control
  • EU Merger Control
  • more

This year’s annual round-up reviews some of the most significant developments of 2017 and previews what is on the horizon for 2018. This includes the Court of Justice’s judgment in Intel, the Commission’s infringement decision in ‘Google Shopping’, developments in relation to State aid and corporate taxation, the Commission’s e-commerce sector inquiry and the first applications for collective proceeding orders. Also included is news on LexisNexis®’s content, including news of exciting developments from the past year and what is coming up in the next 12 months.

Reviewing 2017

Abuse of a dominant position

What happened?

On 6 September 2017, the Court of Justice issued its judgment in Case C-413/14 Intel Corporation v Commission, upholding Intel’s appeal against the General Court’s judgment (Case T-286/09) which had dismissed Intel’s action for annulment of the European Commission’s finding an abuse of a dominant position and imposing (what was at the time) a record individual fine on Intel of €1.06bn (Case COMP/37.990). The Court of Justice concluded the General Court failed to analyse, in light of arguments put forward by Intel, whether the rebates at issue were capable of restricting competition. The Court of Justice therefore set aside the General Court judgment and, in turn, referred the case back to the General Court.

What are the key implications?

The Court of Justice judgment,