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Competition Law of the EC and UK / Edition 6

Competition Law of the EC and UK / Edition 6

by Mark Furse


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Now in its fifth edition, this established text presents a clear and well-structured approach to competition law in the EC and UK. The author provides the student with up-to-date analysis of the key areas covered on undergraduate competition law courses, including the law relating to agreements (both legal and illegal) between companies, abuses of dominant positions, mergers, international developments, intellectual property law, and common law.

The fifth edition has been fully updated to incorporate developments since the modernisation of the EC regime. It includes discussion of the latest legislative amendments and leading cases, and clearly explains the relationship between the EC and member state regimes and the operation of the UK system that sits alongside the EC system. This compact text also introduces the student to basic economic principles underpinning competition law.

About the Author:
Dr Mark Purse is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Glasgow

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199237920
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/02/2008
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dr. Mark Furse is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Glasgow, and he has specialized in competition law for over 15 years.

Table of Contents

Preface     xiii
Table of Cases     xv
Table of Decisions and Reports     xxxi
Tables of Legislation     xxxix
List of Abbreviations     xlvii
Introduction to competition law     1
Introduction     1
The development of competition law     3
The experience of the United States     6
Economics and competition law     7
Resources     19
Further reading     20
The European Community and United Kingdom competition regimes     21
Introduction     21
Undertakings-the subjects of competition law     21
The European Community     25
The United Kingdom     39
Further reading     44
The relationship between European Community and United Kingdom competition law     45
Introduction     45
General principles governing the relationship between EC and national competition law     45
Regulation 1/2003     48
Trade between Member States     50
The response in the UK to EC competition law     52
Conclusion     55
Further reading     55
International issues and the globalization of competitionlaw     56
Introduction     56
Public enforcement     59
Private parties and the enforcement of judgments     74
Conclusion     78
Further reading     79
Investigation     80
Introduction     80
The burden and standard of proof     81
The European Community law     82
The United Kingdom     102
Further reading     110
Penalties and leniency arrangements     111
Introduction     111
The types of penalty     112
The European Community     114
The United Kingdom     121
Further reading     126
Complaints and third-party rights     128
Introduction     128
European Community law     130
United Kingdom law     137
Further reading     143
An introduction to the economics of agreements, collusion, and parallel conduct     145
Introduction     145
Horizontal restraints     145
Vertical restraints     150
Further reading     152
Article 81 EC     153
Key points      153
Introduction     154
Article 81(1): the prohibition     155
The prevention, restriction, or distortion of competition: the application of article 81(1)     167
Article 81(2): void agreements     188
Trade between Member States     190
Limits on the application of article 81(1) and (2)     190
Article 81 and the rule of reason     197
Summary map     200
Further reading     201
Block exemption regulations under article 81 EC     202
Key points     202
Introduction     202
Vertical agreements     204
The horizontal block exemptions     211
Summary map     16
Further reading     217
The Chapter I Prohibition     218
Key points     218
Introduction     218
Exceptions and exemptions     219
De minimis thresholds and appreciability     221
Horizontal and vertical agreements     221=970 02Summary map     228
The cartel offence     229
Introduction     229
The offence     231
The relationship of the offence with the Competition Act 1998 and EC competition law      236
'No action letters'     237
Conclusion     240
Further reading     241
An introduction to the economics of monopoly abuse     242
Introduction     242
Individual monopolies     242
Social concerns     248
Conclusion     249
Further reading     249
Article 82 EC     250
Key points     250
Introduction     251
The meaning of 'dominant position'     252
The meaning of 'substantial part'     269
The concept of abuse     271
Trade between Member States     281
The relationship between article 82 and article 81     281
Article 82 guidelines     282
Summary map     284
Further reading     285
The Chapter II Prohibition     286
Key points     286
Introduction     286
The assessment of dominance and abuse     287
Summary map     291
Abusive practices     292
Introduction     292
Pricing policies     292
Refusal to deal or supply, and the essential facilities doctrine     311
Further reading      319
Market investigation references     320
Introduction     320
Relationship of market investigations to the Competition Act 1998 and EC law     321
The making of market investigation references     323
Market investigations and the CC     325
Remedies     329
Public interest cases     330
Store card services     330
Conduct against the public interest considered under the FTA 1973     332
Conclusion     336
Further reading     336
An introduction to the economics of merger control     337
Introduction     337
Horizontal mergers     339
Vertical mergers     342
The EC merger control regime and the treatment of joint ventures     372
Key points     344
Introduction     344
Merger control in the European Community     346
Summary map     370
Further reading     371
The UK merger control regime and the treatment of joint ventures     391
Key points     372
Introduction     372
Stage One     373
Stage Two     381
Public interest cases      385
Appeals     387
Third party rights     387
Joint ventures in the UK     387
Summary map     389
Further reading     390
Competition law and intellectual property     391
Introduction     391
IP and the application of article 81 EC and the Chapter I Prohibition     392
IP and the application of article 82 EC and the Chapter II Prohibition     397
IP and the free movement of goods in the EC     401
Further reading     404
The common law and competition     405
Introduction     405
The restraint of trade doctrine     405
Economic torts     414
Further reading     417
Index     418

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