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Implications of the end of the first antitrust class action in Italy

The first antitrust class action, brought by two consumer associations, has been watched closely in Italy.  However, it came to an end recently, before getting to trial, when the Supreme...

Written on 7 Nov 2016


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The Italian Antitrust Authority’s spotlight on antitrust compliance programmes: The ‘Vending’ case

Following the adoption of new Guidelines on Fines in 2014, the Italian Antitrust Authority (“IAA”) now offers a reduction in fines of up to 15% when the company under investigation...

Written on 4 Oct 2016


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Competition authorities across the EU launch a survey on “parity clauses” in the hotel booking platforms sector

The issue of rate parity clauses continues to develop across the EU.  This year has seen investigations in multiple member states, often with divergent approaches: Germany banning ‘most favoured nation’...

Written on 4 Oct 2016


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Implementing competition law compliance – Italy

In October 2014, the Italian Antitrust Authority (IAA) adopted Guidelines on the calculation of administrative fines (Guidelines), with the aim of ensuring transparency, predictability and objectivity of its decisions. In...

Written on 28 Jun 2016


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Competition compliance – minimising liability across Europe

Over the last two decades, competition law has become one of the biggest liability risks for firms, making it a top priority in risk management. As competition authorities around the...

Written on 28 Jun 2016


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Design and copyright in Italy: a cumulative approach to protection

A recent case demonstrates the interdependent relationship between registered design rights and copyright in Italian law.  For designers, it underscores the fundamental importance of registered design rights for protecting their work. Protection as a...

Written on 8 Jun 2016


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Across the finish line: the European Parliament formally adopts the General Data Protection Regulation

On Monday 11 April, we reported that the Council of the European Union had adopted its position at first reading on the GDPR. On 14 April 2016, the European Parliament...

Written on 15 Apr 2016


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Competition Law Update | March 2016

This month, our international team of authors considers the diverging approach to competition law across Europe. Following last month’s update on hotel rate parity clauses in Germany, we look at...

Written on 8 Mar 2016


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The GDPR is on the home straight: the Council of the European Union formally adopts a revised version of the General Data Protection Regulation at first reading

In December 2015 we reported that agreement had been reached on the long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR). We explained how the GDPR shifts the balance towards consumers and...

Written on 17 Feb 2016


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