Legislative Changes 3rd Quarter 2017

Author:Mr Ricardo Oliveira and Sara Estima Martins
Profession:PLMJ
 
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Portugal

  1. Portuguese Competition Authority

    In 2017, the Portuguese Competition Authority has already carried out dawn raids at 35 premises and 36 companies

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    Portuguese Competition Authority carries out dawn raids at railway maintenance companies

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    Publication of a draft law reinforcing private enforcement in Portuguese Competition Law

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    Portuguese Competition Authority fines Portuguese Driving Schools Association for fixing minimum prices

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    The Portuguese Association of specialised consumer credit providers offers commitments to the Portuguese Competition Authority to eliminate the restrictive potential of the information exchange system in the market for specialised credit

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    Portuguese Competition Authority opposes the acquisition by SIBS of UNICRE's assets

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    EUROPEAN UNION

    Courts EU Court of Justice sets aside the judgment of the General Court which had upheld the fine of €1.06 billion imposed on Intel by the Commission for abuse of dominant position

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    Advocate General Wahl issues his opinion on the Coty case on the sale of luxury products through online third-party platforms

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    Abuses of dominant position and "excessive pricing": EU Court of Justice rules on the rates charged by collective copyright management entities

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    Ireland faces the EU Court of Justice over failure to recover €13 billion in alleged state aid in the Apple case

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    European Commission European commission considers that Luxembourg granted tax advantages to Amazon of approximately €250 million that are incompatible with EU state aid rules

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    Scania fined over €880 million for participating in trucks cartel

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    European Commission sends Statement of Objections to Teva on "pay for delay" pharma agreement

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    European Commission fines three car lighting system producers €27 million in cart l settlement

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    PORTUGAL

  2. Portuguese Competition Authority

    In 2017, the Portuguese Competition Authority has already carried out dawn raids at 35 premises and 36 companies

    According to the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) press releases, since the beginning of the year, the PCA has already conducted dawn raids at 35 premises and 36 companies, in the transportation, driving schools, retail, insurance and railway maintenance sectors.

    These inspections are a means to obtain evidence of anticompetitive practices, which may lead to the imposition of fines of up to 10% of the overall annual turnover of the company involved and to sanctions being imposed on the managers and directors, of up to 10% of their annual salary.

    Portuguese Competition Authority carries out dawn raids at railway maintenance companies

    In July of this year, the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) carried out dawn raids at seven premises of nine companies located in Lisbon and Oporto, following suspicions of a cartel in the railway maintenance sector.

    According to the PCA press release, the suspicions resulted from a complaint filed in the context of the "Fighting Bid-Rigging in Public Procurement" campaign that the PCA has been carrying out since 2016, with contracting authorities and supervision entities.

    Publication of a draft law reinforcing private enforcement in Portuguese Competition Law

    Draft law no. 599/XIII...

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