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Norway not included when short sale regulations in EU take effect 1 November 2012

November 2012 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Kluge Advokatfirma DA.

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From 1 November 2012 EU Regulation 236/2012 on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps will come into effect. Although the Regulation is within the scope of the EEA Agreement, Norway has not implemented the EU Regulation. Based on unofficial information from the Norwegian authorities, we expect the implementation process to be delayed until at least late 2013. Meanwhile, existing rules on short sale in Norway will continue to apply for transactions performed on the Norwegian market. 

New provisions on competition clauses

In 2011 it was expected that new provisions for competition clauses, customer clauses and non-recruitment clauses would come into force. As early as June 2010, the Department of Employment sent a proposal on new provisions in the Working Environment Act for comments.

Norway implements the EU block exemption regulation for R&D agreements

Earlier this year, EU Commission Regulation No 1217/2010 was implemented in Norwegian law.

Hearing: Reimbursement of off-label use of medicinal products

In accordance with the provisions of the Act on Medicines and the appurtenant Regulation on Medicinal Products, pre-approved reimbursement for use of a medicinal product outside the approved indications of the marketing authorization is not allowed.

Hearing: Suspension of “complete assortment” requirement for wholesalers of...

pharmaceutical products

The Ministry of Health and Care has issued a hearing regarding the removal of the requirement for wholesalers of medicinal products to be able to supply all medicinal products that are requested in the Norwegian market.

The Norwegian Competition Law Reform Commission proposes significantly higher thresholds for merger

Earlier this year the Competition Law Reform Commission, appointed by the Norwegian Government, delivered its proposal on a new competition act.

Pharmacovigilance legislation update - Norway

Regulation (EU) 1235/2010 and Directive 2010/84/EU amending the legal framework regarding pharmacovigilance for medicinal products will enter into force in the European Union in July 2012.

MarkedsfÞring: EU med liste over helsepÄstander

EU-kommisjonen publiserte 25. mai 2012 den sÄkalte artikkel 13-listen med 222 godkjente helsepÄstander i markedsfÞring, etter anbefaling fra den Europeiske vitenskapskomité for mattrygghet (EFSA).

Forslag til veiledning om prosjektsamarbeid

Konkurransetilsynet har presentert utkast til ny veiledning om prosjektsamarbeid. Utkastet fremstÄr pÄ enkelte omrÄder som en innstramming i forhold til tilsynets nÄvÊrende veiledning om prosjektsamarbeid, og strengere enn gjeldende EU-/EØS-rett.

Advocate General opinion in the AstraZeneca case of abuse of dominant position

(Case C-457/10 P): Appeal from AZ should be dismissed

The Advocate General JĂ n MazĂĄk today delivered his opinion in the AstraZeneca case. AstraZeneca (AstraZeneca AB and AstraZeneca plc) had appealed the judgment from the General Court of the European Union of July 2010 where the European Commission’s fine for i.a. abusing the patent system was upheld, although it was reduced to 52,5 mill EURO. The Advocate General’s opinion is in support of the former court decision. The opinion of the Advocate General is not binding on the Court of Justice, which will decide on the case later. 

Committee proposes significant increases to merger filing thresholds in Norway

February 2012 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Wikborg Rein.

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On 14 February 2012, a committee appointed to undertake a broad review of the Norwegian Competition Act issued a report proposing several important amendments to Norway's merger control regime, including significantly increased filing thresholds.

Competition Law Update 2011

November 2011 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Wikborg Rein.

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Update 2011 - Competition law in Norway

Merger control
4 Notifying transactions to the NCA
7 The Norwegian merger control regime: Distinctive features
9 M&A due diligence: disclosing sensitive information

NĂ„r konkurrenten blir for nĂŠrgĂ„ende – hva gjĂžr du?

Uavhengig av bransje, er det mange firmaer som vegrer seg mot Ă„ ta rettslige skritt overfor konkurrenter som ikke fĂžlger spillereglene.


When the competition gets too aggressive - what do you do?

Regardless of industry, many companies are reluctant to take legal action against competitors that do not follow the rules.

Nye sanksjoner ved brudd pÄ innkjÞpsregler - New Sanctions against Violation of Procurement Rules

September 2010 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Kluge Advokatfirma DA.

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Article by Frode StĂžle and Kaja Breivik Furuseth in Norwegian energy industry journal No. 6/2010 about the proposed Norwegian implementation of the EU Remedies Directive (Directive 2007/66/EC).

Wikborg Rein newsletter: Paying for pirates

July 2010 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Wikborg Rein.

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Background: Attacks by Somali pirates are still commonplace and the fall-out from kidnappings of individuals and seizures of ships by pirates are still being dealt with by insurance companies, P&I clubs, arbitration tribunals, courts of law and national governments.

Google wins, but AdWords is no longer a free haven for trademark infringements

On 23 March 2010, the Court of Justice of the European Union gave its awaited decision in the trademark dispute between Louis Vuitton Malletier SA and Google France SARL et al, concerning Google’s advertising service AdWords. The Court found that Google does not violate trademark rights by offering advertisers to purchase search terms that are identical to registered trademarks. However, Google can still be held liable for contributory infringement on certain conditions. Pursuant to the judgement, the trademark holder will in any event be able to prohibit advertisers from using protected trademarks as search terms, if the use makes it more difficult for the ordinary internet user to determine whether the product originates from the advertiser or the trademark holder.

New competition rules for the insurance sector reduces scope of automatic exemption regime

The European Commission’s new block exemption regulation for the insurance sector entered into force on 1 April 2010. The new regulation renews (with certain amendments) the block exemption of agreements concerning joint compilations, tables and studies, and common coverage of certain types of risk (pools). In contrast, cooperation concerning standard policy conditions and cooperation concerning security devices are no longer block exempted. The changes, coupled with the Commission’s plans to closely monitor the insurance sector, mean that insurance companies are well advised to consider their business practices to ensure compliance with the competition laws.

Norwegian Competition authority prohibits consumer health merger

June 2009 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by SchjĂždt.

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The proposed acquisition of the Sunkost chain of consumer health products by Validus ASA, the major wholesaler of consumer health products on the Norwegian market, was prohibited by the NCA on 29 JUne. The parties to the merger have a last chance of appeal to the Ministry of Government Administration and Reform. This will delay the final outcome with another 60 working days, in a case that commenced by a simplified notification on September 24th 2008.

Amendments to the competition act

May 2009 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by SchjĂždt.

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The amendments to the competition act came into force 1 July 2008. On 7 March 2008 the Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration and Reform presented a proposal for amendments to the Competition Act of 5 March 2004 (White paper (Ot.prp.) No. 35 (2007-2008)). The proposal was approved by the preparatory meeting of the Council of State the same day, and adopted by the King in Council 20 June 2008. The amendments came into force 1 July 2008.


May 2009 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Wikborg Rein.

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On 17 March 2009, a Norwegian High Court held that a non-compete clause in an agreement regarding quarrying rights was contrary to the prohibition against anti-competitive agreements. The High Court held that the non-compete clause had the object of restricting competition and consequently was void. This is the first court case in which Norway’s 2004 Competition Act has been applied in a dispute between two private parties.


May 2009 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Wikborg Rein.

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This Update is dedicated to recent developments and important case-law and decisional practice under Norwegian competition rules in 2008. The articles have been prepared by lawyers of Wikborg Rein’s competition law practice group and aim at providing useful information to businesses operating in Norway and their legal advisors.

The Norwegian Competition Authority issues its first fine for breach of the new standstill obligatio

March 2009 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Wikborg Rein.

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On 4 February 2009 the Norwegian Competition Authority announced that it has issued its first fine ever for implementing a transaction before it has been cleared. The Norwegian shipbroker RS Platou was fined for having implemented its acquisition of control of Glitnir Securities, a Norwegian subsidiary of the Icelandic banking group, before the transaction was notified to the Competition Authority.

Competition Law NewsFlash

February 2009 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Wikborg Rein.

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6th February 2009 - The Norwegian Competition Authority issues its first fine for breach of the new standstill obligation

Newsletter from Wikborg Rein's EU/EEA and competition law group

June 2008 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Wikborg Rein.

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Amendments to Norwegian merger control rules
The Norwegian Competition Act will be amended as of 1 July 2008. The amendments entering into force on this date mainly concern merger control, in particular the repeal of the filing deadline, introduction of automatic suspention and new content requirements for notifications. The very low thresholds for notification in Norway are not affected by the amendments.

The method of setting fines imposed pursuant to the EEA competition rules

January 2005 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Advokatfirmaet Grette DA.

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On the 3rd of September 2004 the European Commission released its Statement of Objections against Tomra. The Commission is of the opinion that Tomra has exploited its dominant market position in several European markets. The alleged abuse is partly due to having entered into exclusive purchase agreements with customers and partly due to use of loyalty rebates. The alleged violations shall have taken place in different time periods during the last ten years in the various markets.

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