English High Court rules on applicable law in european antitrust damages claim: the “patchwork quilt” solution

Posted on 14 March, 2018
Last week, the High Court in London published its judgment on applicable law in relation to the antitrust damages claims brought by a group of seven major European retailers against MasterCard alleging that they were subject to excessively high interchange fees (see Deutsche Bahn AG & Others v MasterCard Incorporated & Others, Case No.: HC-2012-000196


Posted on 21 February, 2018
The Spanish Council of Ministers, at the request of the Ministry for Justice and in line with the 2018 Legislation Plan, has started the public information procedure for the new Trade Secrets Draft Bill. This bill transposes into the Spanish legal system EU Directive 2016/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June

The Andalusian Competition Authority imposes penalties of €5.3m for abuse of dominance in the healthcare industry

Posted on 16 March, 2018
The Andalusian Council for the Defense of Competition (Consejo de Defensa de la Competencia de Andalucía) has imposed two fines on José Manuel Pascual Pascual, S.A. (“Hospitales Pascual”) amounting to €5.33 million for abusing its dominant position in the market for the provision of health services between February 2014 and June 2017. It is one

Another chapter in keeping record of daily working hours

Posted on 1 March, 2018
Since December 2015, the obligation—or not—for companies to keep a record of the daily working hours has been one of the main questions of labor relations, as it has been the subject of opposing judgments with consequences on corporate management, the Administration’s interpretive criteria, and on the legislative initiative level. We experienced the first chapter of

New offensive by tax authorities on motor world

Posted on 12 March, 2018
Last weekend, several news items were published referring to a change in interpretation by the Spanish tax authorities that, if applied, will decide the taxation in Spain of all automobile racing drivers and motorcycle racers—including non-residents—for income obtained from races held on Spanish soil.