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  • 99210
    15 November 2011
    Clearance Granted to Combination between Want Chung Media and Anshun/Bokang with Eleven Conditions

    Stephen C. Wu / Yvonne Y. Hsieh

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    At its April 27, 2011 commissioners' meeting, the Fair Trade Commission ("FTC") conditionally approved the proposed combination of Want Chung Media Co., Ltd. ("Want Chung"), Anshun, Bokan (collectively "Holdco") and Holdco's subsidiaries, including CNS Network Co., Ltd ("CNS"), Global Digital Media Co. Ltd. ("GDM") and 11 cable system operators ("SOs"). The FTC imposed 11 conditions for its clearance over the transaction so as to ensure the competition status in the relevant market will not be impeded as a result of the transaction.

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  • 99209
    15 November 2011
    Clearance Granted to Combination Regarding Establishment of a Licensing Company for a Patent Pool

    Stephen C. Wu / Yvonne Y. Hsieh

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    At its March 31, 2010 commissioners' meeting, the Fair Trade Commission ("FTC") conditionally permitted a proposed combination for the joint operation of One-Blue, LLC ("One-Blue") by Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony and Cyberlink. One-Blue will act as a licensing agent for the patent pool to license essential blue-ray disk (BD) patents for the manufacturing of backward-compatible BD products. Upon the consummation of the combination, the participating parties will respectively acquire a 1/6 shareholding and then jointly operate One-Blue. This case is noteworthy because this is the first time the FTC has reviewed a case concerning a patent pool.

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  • 99208
    15 November 2011
    FTC Imposed Fines on Two Airline Companies for Unreasonable Vertical Restraints

    Stephen C. Wu / Yvonne Y. Hsieh

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    On March 9, 2011, the Fair Trade Commission ("FTC") found that China Airlines ("CA") and EVA Airways ("EVA"), two leading airline companies in Taiwan, had (i) imposed unreasonable restraints on the business activities of their downstream ticket agents ("T/C") by limiting the settlement discounts granted to the travel agencies on the agencies' sales of tickets of the direct cross-strait flight between Taiwan and mainland China, and (ii) not actually lowered the prices of the cross-strait flight tickets though they had publicly announced the price reduction. FTC imposed a fine of NT$20 million on CA and NT$12 million on EVA and also requested the two companies to take necessary corrective action.

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  • 99207
    15 November 2011
    FTC Imposed Fines on 31 Tobacco Distributors for Price-Fixing

    Stephen C. Wu / Yvonne Y. Hsieh

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    In a decision dated March 2, 2011, the Fair Trade Commission ("FTC") found that a total of 31 distributors (collectively "Distributors") distributing tobacco products for JT Tobacco International Taiwan Corp. had violated the prohibit of concerned action under the Fair Trade Act ("FTA") for increasing the price of tobacco products at the same time, which has affected competition in the domestic tobacco product market. Consequently, the FTC imposed fines ranging from NT$300,000 to NT$900,000 on each Distributor. The fines imposed by the FTC in the case total NT$21.9 million.

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  • 99206
    15 November 2011
    Taipei High Administrative Court Upheld TFTC's Decision to Block Merger between Two KTV Companies

    Stephen C. Wu / Yvonne Y. Hsieh

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    On 19 January 2011, the Taipei High Administrative Court ("Court") upheld the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission ("TFTC")'s decision to block the merger between Cashbox Party World Ltd. ("Cashbox") and Holiday KTV Ltd. ("Holiday"), two KTV companies, for anti-competition concerns.

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