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Cartels 2018

The Cartels guide provides expert legal commentary on key issues for businesses. The guide covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions in this area of law.

1. Legislative Framework1.1 Legal BasisThe main law governing antitrust behaviour and protection of competition in the market in general is the Law on Protection of Competition (Zakon o zaštiti konkurencije, “Official Gazette of RS”, no. 51/2009 and 95/2013) (the “Law”).It should be noted that ...
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Damages Directive Transposed

On 30 June 2017 the Croatian Parliament has unanimously adopted the Act on Damages Proceedings for Infringements of Competition Law.

By adopting this act Croatia has fulfilled the obligation to transpose the Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 November 2014 on certain rules governing actions for damages under national law for infringements of the competition law provisions of the Member ...
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Comparison shopping services: Do you really have a choice?

It would not be wrong to say that a great majority of the world’s population has used Google’s products and services, justifying its no. 1 position among tech companies. However, the European Commission (“EC”) decided that Google has crossed the line in its efforts to keep that position. The company was hit with the outstanding fine of €2.42 billion for abusing its dominance as a search engine, by giving an illegal advantage to its own comparison shopping service, as stated in the EC’s decision from 27 June 2017.

Despite the fact the internet giant is well-known, firstly for its search engine, Google has also launched many other tools including, since 2004, a comparison shopping service – now named “Google shopping.” This service allows consumers to compare products and prices online and find deals from ...
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Croatian Supreme Court passes an important employment-related decision for foreign companies with branch offices in Croatia

On 28 February 2017, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia passed a decision no. Revr-1425/16-2 where it has concluded that if a foreign company (employer) with a branch office in Croatia employs fewer than 20 employees, but together with employees in Croatia and abroad 20 or more employees, is not obliged to apply the provision of Article 115 Paragraph 2 of the Labor Act (OG 93/14).

From this decision of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia which repealed the second instance decision and confirmed the first instance decision, it could be concluded that regardless of the fact that a branch office is not a legal entity and that the rights and obligations are assumed by ...
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