Abstract 

This foreword reviews the law and economics of an anti-competitive margin squeeze adopted by European and national competition authorities together with a critical assessment of the European Court of Justice’s Telia/Sonera judgment in early 2012.

Unilateral practices, Foreword, Margin squeeze, Abuse of dominance, Judicial review, Remedies (antitrust), Sanctions/Fines/Penalties, Interim measures, Rebates, Dominant position, Market power, All business sectors

Note from the Editors: although the e-Competitions editors are doing their best to build a comprehensive set of the leading EU and national antitrust cases, the completeness of the database cannot be guaranteed. The present foreword seeks to provide readers with a view of the existing trends based primarily on cases reported in e-Competitions. Readers are welcome to bring any other relevant cases to the attention of the editors.

Cento Veljanovski, e-Competitions, N° 46442, www.concurrences.com

DEFINITION

1. A margin or price squeeze occurs when the difference between the wholesale price of an input supplied by a dominant entity and the downstream price does not give an efficient downstream firm a reasonable profit margin.

2. This foreword reviews the law and economics of an anti-competitive margin squeeze by European and national competition authorities together with a critical assessment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Telia/Sonera [1] judgment in early 2012.

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