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Unfair Competition and Consumer Protection | BE & EU Law

On this blog, our Brussels team shares interesting updates, best practices, and insights into recent caselaw and legislative developments relating to unfair competition law, procedure law, retail law, consumer goods and consumer protection.

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The ACM’s priorities in 2023: the energy transition, digitalisation, and sustainability

On 26 January 2023, the ACM announced that its priorities for 2023 would be the energy transition, the digital economy, and sustainability. This agenda is unsurprising in view of the ACM’s recent policy statements and enforcement actions.

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Belgian Competition Authority opens first hybrid cartel proceedings

In the first hybrid cartel proceedings by the Belgian Competition Authority, the Prosecutor recently submitted a draft decision to condemn and impose a fine on pharmaceutical wholesaler CERP SA for allegedly participating in anticompetitive practices.

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Abuse: an access request you can’t refuse?

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that the essential facilities test is limited to ‘pure’ access cases. Infringement of a regulatory access obligation must be assessed under the general framework for abuse of dominance.

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ECJ in Unilever: commercial policy by dominant undertakings on thin ice

Unilever shows the need to assess evidence on lack of anti-competitive effects in abuse cases and how liability can extend across different levels of the supply chain. Dominant undertakings had better think twice when imposing policy on distributors.

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