The United States is to sue Apple and two publishers over e-book pricing. It claims that the technology giant is guilty of colluding over price setting. Five other companies were also named, but they have reached a settlement with the Department of Justice.
The dispute is over Apple’s decision to switch to the ‘agency model’ which allows them, rather than the publishers, to set the prices. Under this approach, the publishers receive a flat percentage of the price, regardless of the actual profits. (more…)
A pub landlady from Portsmouth has made important progress in her legal battle against the Premier League and its exclusive deals with Sky Sports and ESPN. Karen Murphy wants to be able to buy cheaper foreign decoder cards in order to screen matches on Saturdays in her pub.
The High Court sent the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion. The ECJ has ruled that the legislation preventing the sale or use of foreign decoder cards is contrary to the single market principle. (more…)
Tesco has been fined £10m by competition watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for being part of a group of supermarkets and dairy processors that fixed dairy prices between 2002 and 2003.
Tesco has strongly denied being part of any anti-competitive price fixing and said it will “vigorously” defend itself, “through the courts if necessary”. (more…)
The High Court in London has to rule on whether National Grid can have access to confidential documents that were made by companies involved in a Europe-wide engineering cartel, which the company is accusing of costing it £235m in business.
The illegal engineering cartel ran from 1988 to 2004, and the companies involved were fined £675m by the European Competition Commission. (more…)
The Competition Commission has again ordered BAA to sell Stansted airport and either Glasgow or Edinburgh airport in order to comply with its 2009 ruling.
Spanish-owned BAA, which also owns Heathrow, Southampton and Aberdeen airports, was ordered in 2009 to sell three airports. It subsequently sold Gatwick airport to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for £1.51 billion but has commenced several legal battles to avoid the sale of another two airports. (more…)
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has been given the provisional green light by the Culture Secretary to acquire the rest of the shares in BSkyB, a takeover widely condemned as a serious threat to media plurality in the UK. (more…)
Tottenham Hotspur’s chairman, Daniel Levy, is reportedly consulting the club’s lawyers ahead of the announcement that will finally establish which club is to get the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games. (more…)
Richard Murdoch’s News Corporation has submitted a remedy to the European Commission in the hope that it will allow them to buy the 61% stake in BSkyB they do not already own. (more…)