Cartels

ECJ overturns re-adopted rebar decision

25 September 2017

The European Court of Justice has quashed the European Commission's re-adopted concrete rebar cartel after finding the enforcer failed to respect the alleged cartelists' defence rights - fifteen years after it first issued fines.

Australian court upholds decision to dismiss egg cartel

Australian court upholds decision to dismiss egg cartel

25 September 2017

The Full Federal Court of Australia has backed the dismissal of the Australian enforcer's pursuit of an alleged egg production cartel, after finding it failed to prove a reciprocity of obligations between the defendants.

Indian court orders enforcer to stop telecoms cartel probe

Indian court orders enforcer to stop telecoms cartel probe

22 September 2017

The Bombay High Court has quashed the Competition Commission of India's order to investigate three telecoms operators it suspected of cartel behaviour, saying the decision to pursue a matter of telecoms regulation was illegal.

Malta imposes interim measures on insurers

Malta imposes interim measures on insurers

20 September 2017

Malta's competition authority is requiring four insurance companies to alter their behaviour following suspicions of anticompetitive conduct, marking the first time the enforcer has issued interim measures since Malta revised its competition act in 2011.

Spanish authority loses in court again

Spanish authority loses in court again

18 September 2017

Spain's National Court has overturned a decision by the country's antitrust enforcer to fine Repsol €22.6 million for a subsidiary's alleged activities, the third annulment of a competition authority decision in less than three months.

ECJ denies LG and Philips cathode ray tube appeals

15 September 2017

The EU's top court has rejected cathode ray tube makers LG Electronics' and Philips Electronics' attempts to reduce fines they were ordered to pay for their role in the CRT cartel.

South Africa charges Hoegh

South Africa charges Hoegh

13 September 2017

South Africa's antitrust agency has referred its investigation of Norwegian shipping liner Hoegh to the country's Competition Tribunal, alleging the company took part in the global roll-on roll-off shipping cartel.

Israel plans to redefine monopolies and lift cap on penalties

Israel plans to redefine monopolies and lift cap on penalties

11 September 2017

Israel's Ministry of Economy and Industry is expected to propose antitrust legislation that will redefine monopolies and lift the 24 million shekels (€5.6 million) cap on penalties, according to local media reports and lawyers speaking to GCR.

Brazil updates leniency programme

Brazil updates leniency programme

06 September 2017

Brazil's competition watchdog has published updates to its leniency and settlement guidelines, which include giving its investigative branch more scope in interviews and clarifying the rules for its leniency plus programme.

Norway fines six companies for bid rigging

Norway fines six companies for bid rigging

04 September 2017

Norway's competition authority has fined six electrical companies 18 million kroner (€1.9 million) for openly agreeing to submit identical bids for a tender agreement for schools in Oslo, months after the country's top court confirmed that joint bidding is a by-object restriction.