Mobile Telecoms Service Providers Take On Ofcom In The CAT

18 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On 18 June 2008, the Competition Appeal Tribunal is due to hear the appeal in Vodafone & Ors v Ofcom. Ofcom has ordered that the network operators must establish a “common database” of numbers and a system of “direct routing” of calls to ported numbers.  Porting is the process by which a consumer can retain […]

UK Supports German Stance On Taxation Of Charitable Organisations

18 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On 17 June, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice heard a number of Member States (the U.K., France, Ireland, Spain and Greece) intervening to support the German position in the Persche case. The issue in Persche is whether a German taxpayer can claim tax relief in Germany on a cross-border donation made […]

Vitamins Cartel Reaches Court Of Appeal

16 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On 17 June 2008, the Devenish case continues with an appeal against the High Court judgment handed down earlier this year. Devenish purchased vitamins from members of the vitamins cartel that was the subject of a decision by the EC Commission in 2003. Devenish is seeking all, or some, of the profits earned by the […]

Security For Costs Of VAT Appeal

13 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

In a decision in the Chancery Division in the appeals in Calltel and Opto v HMRC, delivered on 6th June 2008, Mr Justice Briggs has awarded HMRC security for its costs against the appellant taxpayers. Calltel is an appeal to the High Court from the VAT & Duties Tribunal’s decision of 20th July 2007 that […]

BSkyB and Virgin Media Appeals In The CAT

12 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

Last week, the Competition Appeal Tribunal heard appeals by British Sky Broadcasting Group (“Sky”) and Virgin Media against decisions taken by the Competition Commission and the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in relation to Sky’s acquisition of a 17.9% shareholding in ITV.  In a report published last December, the Competition Commission […]

Monckton Appointment To The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency

04 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On Wednesday 4 June, Jeremy McBride was appointed a member of the new Scientific Committee of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency. The Agency is an independent body of the European Union, established to provide assistance and expertise to the European Union and its Member States when they are implementing Community law, on fundamental rights […]

Competition Appeals Tribunal Hands Down Judgment in ‘Calls To Mobiles’ Cases

04 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

The CAT handed down judgment in two major appeals on 20 May (the appeals having been heard together in January and February): (1) Mobile Call Termination – in which the CAT upheld Ofcom’s finding that H3G had significant market power in the market for mobile call termination on H3G’s network, and its related decision to […]

Racing Case Gallops On At The High Court

03 Jun 2008 | by Caroline Sweeney

On Tuesday 3 June the hearing resumed at the High Court in the matter of British Afternoon Greyhound Racing Services (and others) v Amalgamated Racing Ltd (and others).  The case concerns a challenge to the lawfulness of arrangements for the licensing of picture rights by 30 British racecourses for broadcast to licensed betting offices by […]


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