The Scottish Competition Forum

Dominant market positions and abuse - Scottish Competition Forum Event
The Scottish Competition Forum invites you to join us at our next event on Thursday 28 March 2019 in Glasgow.
Businesses that are dominant in their markets have a “special responsibility” not to hinder competition by abusing their position. However, what that means in practice, and how it can be effectively enforced, can be hard to define. The emergence of data giants like Facebook and Google has once again brought the behaviour of dominant companies to public attention and into the focus of competition regulators, though dominance (and abuse) will also arise in more ‘traditional’ sectors such as pharmaceuticals, logistics and transport.
A number of recent cases have served as timely reminders about the risks to dominant firms. The European Commission fined Google a record £3.9 billion in July 2018 for abusing its market position in Android-powered phones, breaking Google’s own £2.1 billion record from barely a year before, when it was fined for abusing its dominance in search. The CMA imposed UK record fines on Pfizer and Flynn Pharma for excessive pricing at the end of 2016 (while this was overturned by the CAT, the CMA has just been granted permission to appeal that ruling). Concurrent regulators are also getting in on the action: from Ofgem’s acceptance of binding commitments from SSE in relation to network connections, to Ofcom’s record fine against Royal Mail in 2018.
This event will cover these and other recent cases, and discuss and explain the important role competition law’s prohibition of abuse of dominance plays in ensuring markets are open to innovation and deliver for consumers.
We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by a panel of distinguished speakers, including:
• Jörg Nothdurft, Director of Litigation at the Bundeskartellamt (the German national competition regulator, which has recently taken action against Facebook for abusing its dominance in social media to force users to allow it access to data from other websites and apps);
• Gaucho Rasmussen, Director of Enforcement at Ofcom;
• Niamh Dunne, Associate Professor of Competition Law at the London School of Economics; and
• Michele Granatstein, Principal Economist and Head of Aviation at Oxera.
The event will include speaker presentations, a panel discussion and audience Q&A chaired by Charles Livingstone, Partner and Head of Competition Law at Brodies LLP, and further discussion and networking over drinks.
Registration and coffee will be from 5.30pm with the event itself commencing at 6pm.
You can register to attend this event here.