Last year, the European Commission announced a series of investigations into Google’s potentially anti-competitive behaviour. In June this year, it fined Google €2.4 billion for abusing its dominant position in the internet search market to promote its own online shopping platform. This was the highest penalty ever imposed on an undertaking by the European Commission, and concluded the first of the investigations.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced that it will be asking some new record-keeping questions as part of the annual Scheme Returns for defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pension schemes.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) warns workers after a charity employee is prosecuted for data protection offences.
Payment disputes in the construction industry are rife and more frequently we see payments awarded by Adjudicators and subsequently enforced by the courts as a result of “smash and grab” adjudications where one party’s failure to carry out its obligations in respect of the payment procedure in the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended) (“the 1996 Act”) results in another party’s financial gain.
Further to our previous e-update which discussed the Employment Tribunal’s ruling that two Uber cab drivers are “workers” within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and working time and minimum wage legislation, Uber has stopped traffic once again with the news that their appeal against this decision to the EAT has been unsuccessful.
The Outer House has dismissed a petition for judicial review of the decision of the Scottish Ministers to grant section 36 consent and deemed planning permission for the Creag Riabhach Wind Farm in Sutherland. The petitioner challenged the adequacy of the Scottish Ministers’ stated reasons for granting consent contrary to the advice of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in relation to the impact on wild land and wider landscape and visual impacts.
When we think of a cartel, we usually think of groups of companies exchanging sensitive commercial information at secret meetings over months, even years! However, as Balmoral have found out, the cartel offence can cover a single exchange of sensitive commercial information, as well as the classic cartel scenario.
More than a year has passed since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Since then Brexit has rarely been far from the top of the news agenda and has almost replaced the weather as the go to conversation starter.
The EU Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, recently announced that the European Commission would be placing focus on exploitative conducts, in particular excessive pricing within EU competition law. This focus on excessive pricing is unusual as competition authorities have historically been reluctant to intervene in pricing issues as competition authorities generally lack the proper resources and expertise to define what a fair price would be in individual markets. The European Commission has also had limited success in this area, many of its attempts to regulate prices being overturned by the European Court.