Joe Mathis

Joe Mathis

Joe Mathis
Joe Mathis
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05.03.2020 NL law
Commission’s objectives in the digital sector focus on “fairness"

Short Reads - On 19 February 2020, the European Commission revealed the first pillars of its strategic and policy objectives in the digital space over the next five years in (i) a communication on shaping Europe’s digital future, (ii) a communication on a European strategy for data, and (iii) a white paper on Artificial Intelligence.    

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01.11.2017 NL law
General Court annuls UPC/Ziggo merger decision

Short Reads - On 26 October 2017, the General Court (GC) annulled the Commission's 2014 decision approving the merger between cable companies UPC Nederland B.V. (UPC) and Ziggo N.V. (Ziggo) following an appeal brought by KPN. The GC found that the Commission had failed to properly assess the vertical effects of the merger on a potential market for premium pay TV sports channels. Although merger decisions are rarely annulled by the EU courts, this judgment marks the second time it has happened this year.

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07.11.2019 NL law
Safeguarding legal privilege: better safe than sorry?

Short Reads - The European Court of Justice recently ruled that the European Commission does not have to take additional precautionary measures to respect the right of legal professional privilege when conducting a new dawn raid at the same company. Companies are well-advised to mark clearly all communications covered by legal privilege as 'privileged and confidential' and to keep all privileged communication separate from other communication.

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02.10.2017 NL law
District Court of Rotterdam dismisses Vodafone claims of abuse of dominance by KPN

Short Reads - On 27 September 2017, the District Court of Rotterdam dismissed claims by Vodafone that KPN abused its dominant position on the market for Virtual Internet Service Provider (VISP) services. In essence, the Court found that KPN did not have a dominant position on this hypothetical market because several companies had developed alternatives to KPN's services.

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01.12.2017 NL law
General Court partially annuls the European Commission's ICAP decision (in the YIRD case)

Short Reads - On 10 November 2017, the General Court (GC) partially annulled the European Commission's 2015 decision to fine UK-based broker ICAP close to EUR 15 million for "facilitating" various infringements relating to Yen interest rate derivatives (YIRDs). The GC's judgment provides a useful overview of the current state of EU case law on (i) "by object" infringements; (ii) the role of facilitators in cartel cases; (iii) "complex single and continuous infringements"; (iv) the presumption of innocence; and (v) the Commission's duty to state reasons when setting the level of a fine.

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03.07.2017 NL law
ACM fines Dutch rail operator (NS) for an alleged abuse of dominance

Short Reads - On 29 June 2017, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) published the non-confidential version of a decision imposing a fine of EUR 40.95 million on Dutch railway operator NS for an alleged abuse of dominance. The ACM closed its investigation into NS' former CEO and CFO, finding insufficient grounds to hold them personally liable for the alleged infringements (decision I, decision II).

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