les Nouvelles - September 2006

Commentary on EU Competition Developments

Alec Burnside

Linlaters & Alliance, Brussels, Belgium

1. SonyBMG On 13 July 2006 in an unprecedented judgement the Court of First Instance of the European Communities reversed the European Commissions 2004 decision approving the creation of a joint venture between Sony and Bertelsmann combining their recorded music businesses. This is the first time that the Community judiciary has reversed a decision of the Commission granting unconditional approval for a transaction.

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