Enterprise Act 2002

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Enterprise Act 2002

a UK Act that extended UK COMPETITION LAW to provide tougher powers to control cartels and anticompetitive behaviour and independence in merger references. Firstly, under the Act anticompetitive practices such as price-fixing and bid-rigging constitute a criminal offence, punishable by the imprisonment of guilty company officials, and the OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING (OFT) was given new powers to use surveillance techniques to flush out conspiracies. Secondly, the instigation of merger references is now solely the responsibility of the OFT. Previously, merger references were decided by the OFT acting in conjunction with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. This had led to complaints of ‘political’ interference rather than cases being referred purely on competition grounds.

In addition, the Act established the COMPETITION APPEALS TRIBUNAL, an independent body separate from the OFT and Competition Commission (CC) to hear appeals against decisions taken by these two regulators.

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Directions are a formal enforcement instrument, which can be used to ensure that an Enterprise Act 2002 remedy imposed by the CMA, in this case the PPI Order, is complied with fully.
to a Phase 2 investigation under the provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002, the CMA said.
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has used its powers under the Enterprise Act 2002 to launched a super complaint over how the rail industry compensates passengers.
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(7) Enterprise Act 2002, [section] 5, available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ ukpga/2002/40.
A statement to the Stock Exchange yesterday read: "The OFT is considering whether arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether that situation might be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition."

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