Mind the Gap: Another Hurdle for Damages Claims in the EEA?

Guest post by Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal

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We are delighted to publish a post written by Elisabeth Lian Haugsdal. Elisabeth currently works as a Legal Officer at EFTA in Brussels and is one of the true experts on the peculiarities of the EEA Agreement, the agreement that extends the effect of most EU legislation to include Norway and the other EFTA countries (except Switzerland). As always, the views expressed on this blog are personal and covered by the disclaimer. Read more

Danish court increases fine level

Just before Christmas, the Danish Court of Holstebro fined the company Canett A/S for infringing the Danish Competition Act. The ruling was the first under the new Danish fine regime, which is designed to increase the fine level by a factor of 10. The Canett case did not go that far but the fine level was heavily increased, and other businesses have been warned that fines for infringing the Danish Competition Act are about to reach a new level. Canett was fined DKK 600,000 for instructing one dealer to apply binding resale prices.   Read more

The Danish fine regime is changing gear

On 8 November 2016, Opel Danmark A/S accepted a fine of DKK 8.25m for resale price maintenance. The fine is more than four times bigger than the previous highest fine issued for resale price maintenance. The fine shows that the amendment of the Danish Competition Act in 2013 whereby the fine level was dramatically increased is finally becoming real. According to the amendment, the fine level should be significantly raised as the Act recommends that fines should be raised by a factor of 10. However, since the Act was amended, no cases concerning the new regime have been seen. The Opel case is changing this. Read more

HELSINKI COURT OF APPEAL REJECTS DAMAGES CLAIMS AGAINST SUCCESSORS

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Liability based on the concepts of a single economic entity or economic succession is well-establish in competition law. The Helsinki Court of Appeal’s judgments in the asphalt cartel follow-on damages cases on 20 October 2016 are, however, a reminder that competition law concepts on liability do not necessarily apply in the follow-on damages cases which are subject to a civil law assessment.

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Taxi Case Reaches Final Destination

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The Swedish Competition Authority has lost its court case against Swedavia, the owner of Stockholm Arlanda Airport, for alleged abuse of dominance. The District Court has found that while there was an abuse of dominance, it was objectively justified and therefore no damages have been imposed. The Authority has chosen not to appeal the decision.

A recap of the story

Previously we reported on this blog about the action raised by the Swedish Competition Authority (SCA) against Swedavia for alleged abuse of dominance – see here. Read more