Competition and Monopolies in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • L'Oréal SA and Others v Bellure NV (Case C-487/07)
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 21 Mayo 2010

    Mr Carr submits that in many other EU countries those circumstances are regarded as unfair competition. He is probably right about some EU countries, though my general understanding (I could not give chapter and verse) is that in some countries there has been a “rowing back” on what amounts to “unfair competition”. But even if such circumstances amount to unfair competition in some countries, it is surely clear that the concept of “unfair advantage” is an autonomous EU concept.

  • Roche Products Ltd and Others v Provimi Ltd
    • Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court)
    • 06 Mayo 2003

    It seems to me to be arguable that where two corporate entities are part of an "udertaking" (call it "Undertaking A") and one of those entities has entered into an infringing agreement with other, independent, "undertakings", then if another corporate entity which is part of Undertaking A then implements that infringing agreement, it is also infringing Article 81.

  • Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways Plc
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 18 Noviembre 2010

    A second difficulty is that the members of the represented class do not have the same interest in recovering damages for breach of competition law if a defence is available in answer to the claims of some of them, but not to the claims of others: for example, if BA could successfully run a particular defence against those who had passed on the inflated price, but not against others.

  • Petrofina (Gt. Britain) Ltd v Martin
    • Court of Appeal
    • 17 Diciembre 1965

    A contract in restraint of trade is one in which a party (the covenanter) agrees with any other party (the covenantee) to restrict his liberty in the future to carry on trade with other persons not parties to the contract in such manner as he chooses.

  • Unwired Planet International Ltd v Huawei Technologies Company Ltd and Another Unwired Planet LLC (Tenth Party)
    • Chancery Division (Patents Court)
    • 05 Abril 2017

    The second version of non-discrimination referred to is one which "some economists" have proposed. Since the ETSI FRAND undertaking already obliges licensors to offer licences to everyone, it does not add anything to that. It is also weaker than the benchmark FRAND rate approach, which at least applies to all licensees with licences of the same type.

    In my judgment the ETSI FRAND undertaking should not be interpreted so as to introduce the kind of hard-edged non-discrimination obligation supported by Huawei without also including consideration of the distortion of competition. Competition law does not seek to prohibit different prices being charged to different customers.

  • R v Monopolies and Mergers Commission, ex parte Argyll Group Plc
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 14 Marzo 1986

    Lastly, good public administration requires decisiveness and finality, unless there are compelling reasons to the contrary.

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  • Competition Act 1980
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1980
    ... ... acquisition of goods and the supply and securing of services; to provide for references of certain public bodies and other persons to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission; to provide for the investigation of prices and charges by the Director General of Fair Trading; to provide for the making of ... ...
  • Monopolies and Restrictive Practices (Inquiry and Control) Act 1948
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1948
    ... ... or not, and whether by agreement or arrangement or not, so ... conduct their respective affairs as in any way to prevent or ... restrict competition in connection with the production or ... supply of goods of the description in question (whether or not ... they themselves are affected by the ... ...
  • Broadcasting Act 1990
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1990
    ... ... to the maintenance or promotion of fair and effective competition in that area or locality; ... (d) that, in the case of a local licence, ... 2003/3142, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 (with art. 11) ... References to Monopolies and Mergers CommissionMMC ... (4) ... ...
  • Monopolies and Mergers Act 1965
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1965
    ... ... 3(2) or 5(2) or (3) of that Act (which relate to arrangements and ... practices preventing or restricting competition), whether or not ... the reference is also so framed as to limit the investigation and ... report to the facts ... (4) If a person makes default ... ...
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Reviews
    • No. 78-4, December 2000
    • Public Administration
    Tony Verheijen (ed.), Civil service systems in Central and Eastern Europe Steve Leach and David Wilson, Local political leadership G.W Jones Steve Wilks, In the public interest: competition policy ...
    ... ... to cope adequately with the new realities of liberty and competition. Civil services and other public bureaucracies presented some special ... Science IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: COMPETITION POLICY AND THE MONOPOLIES AND MERGERS COMMISSION Steve Wilks Manchester University Press, 1999. 382 ... ...
    • No. 33-6, November 1970
    • The Modern Law Review
    The Courts and Criminal Punishments. By Sir John Vincent Barry. [New Zealand The Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand. The Formation and Annulment of Marriage. By Joseph Jackson, m.a., ll.b....
    • No. 17-3, November 1970
    • Scottish Journal of Political Economy
    The 1960s were a decade of rapid change in overseas transport technologies. That decade saw the introduction of container ships, hovercraft, massive tankers and ore carriers, LASH (lighter‐aboard‐s...
    ... ... Therefore, as the natural, long term tendency would be for port (and perhaps shipping) monopolies to develop it is in the best interests of the users of port facilities for national control to be exercised over them. In ... ...
  • Advertising, Barriers to Entry and Competition Policy
    • No. 3-3, September 1994
    • Journal of Product & Brand Management
    • 51-58
    The controversy as to whether or not advertising impairs the efficient functioning of markets because it acts as a “barrier” to new firms wishing to enter a market has once again attracted the inte...
    ... ... In this article we look at theadvertising-barrier to entry issue as seen in anumber of Monopolies and MergersCommission investigations. Our contention isthat not only must the conventional negativeview of advertising be tempered by thepositive ... ...
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