CCI penalizes General Electric (GE) for failure to notify its proposed acquisition of equity stakes in Alstom-

Competition Commission of India (CCI) by its order dated February 16, 2016 has penalized GE Energy Europe B.V., GE and GE Industrial France SAS (collectively, the “Acquirers”) for failure to notify a proposed combination in terms of Section 6(2)(b) of the Competition Act, 2002(Act) read with Regulation 5(8) of the Competition Commission of India(Procedure in…

COMPAT sets-aside penalty imposed on All India Motor Transport Con-gress (AIMTC) for alleged increases of transport rates in collusion

COMPAT by its order dated April 18, 2016 has set-aside the order of CCI where AIMTC was penalized for allegedly exhorting truck transporters for increasing prices of transportation  by 15% following an increase of diesel price by INR 5/Ltr on 13 April 2012. In the present case, an information was filed by Indian Foundation of…

Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) sets-aside penalty on Jungle Boot suppliers for alleged bid rigging for supplies to Paramilitary Forces, State Police, Railways, etc.

COMPAT by its order dated April 12, 2016 has set-aside the penalty imposed on suppliers of Polyester Blended Duck Ankle Boot Rubber Sole (Jungle Boots) against allegations of bid-rigging. The suppliers have been engaged in the  supply of jungle boots to the Armed Forces under the rate contracts awarded by the  Director General (Supplies and…

COMPAT upholds CCI order dismissing abuse of dominance allegation against Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)-

COMPAT by its order dated April 12, 2016 has upheld order of CCI which had dismissed allegations of abuse of dominance by DIAL in charging licence fee from airlines using the space allotted to them at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. The Information was filed in CCI by Airline Operators Committee alleging abuse of…

CCI Order refusing interim relief against OLA Cabs in an ongoing investigation upheld by COMPAT

Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT)  by its order dated March 09, 2016 has upheld the CCI order dated September 03, 2015 refusing to grant interim injunction against allegations of predatory pricing in an ongoing investigation against M/s ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Ola Cabs). In a case filed by Fast Track Call cabs , alleging predatory pricing…

Competition Commission of India (CCI) to investigate global hybrid seeds giant Monsanto for abuse of dominance in relation to alleged excessive and discriminatory royalties for Bt cotton seeds-

Comment- This CCI order raises an important issue which places the manner of enforcement of intellectual property rights in India vis-à-vis the competition law under question. The CCI order gives a prima facie impression as if the CCI is entering into the domain of fixation of royalties for sub-licensing of Bt. cotton seed patents, but…

Central Government notifies revised thresholds for Merger Control and extends Exemptions

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India has made important revisions to the merger control regime in India. The following three Notifications were published in the Gazette of India on March 4, 2016. THRESHOLDS FOR NOTIFICATION REVISED– Through the first Notification, the Central Government has increased thresholds, both assets and turnover, for any transaction…