Cartels

Expedited sanctioning in the construction industry

Premium 01 July 2005

Because of the avalanche of cartel cases in the Dutch construction industry, the NMa has indicated its willingness to use an expedited sanctioning procedure for the second time. While the procedure has certain advantages for the companies involved (such as a 15 per cent fine reduction) it also entails waiving certain rights of defence and removes their ability to conduct proceedings independently.

Supreme Court denies appeal and doubles fines on insurance companies directors

Premium 01 May 2005

The Israeli Supreme Court denied an appeal submitted by insurance companies and their directors regarding their conviction for being part of a cartel in the early 90s and doubled the directors' fines. The Supreme Court did not accept the prosecutor's application to aggravate the imprisonment punishments imposed on the companies' directors and did not send them to actual imprisonment.

Cartel proceedings prompt takeover of DSD

Premium 01 May 2005

This case illustrates the FCO’s longstanding determination to open up the market for the collection and disposal of packaging material, so far dominated by DSD. To this end, the FCO has over a number of years been using all the means available to it under the ARC, including the threat to prohibit the operation of DSD entirely. It has now succeeded in obtaining a complete change of the shareholder structure of the company.

Canada: Former UCAR executive pleads guilty to price fixing in graphite electrodes case

Premium 01 April 2005

A US citizen has pleaded guilty in the graphite electrodes cartel case.

Cutting-edge issues in cartels

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GCR convened a roundtable to discuss cutting-edge issues in cartels. David Samuels moderated With thanks to Julius Cavendish, reporter

Colleagues bid adieu to Mensching

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DG Comp said goodbye to Jürgen Mensching, one of its longest serving managers, at the end of January.

Matter of the Year 2005

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David Samuels introduces GCR's first ever Matter of the Year award. Additional reporting by Emily Bendell and James Clasper

Griffin breaks silence on future

Premium 01 January 2005

James Griffin, DoJ cartel-catcher and former deputy assistant attorney general, has joined King & Spalding LLP. He begins at is new firm on 7 February.

De Beers appeases Commission

Premium 01 January 2005

De Beers, the world’s largest diamond producer, has said it will cut back purchases from rival Alrosa in a bid to defrost relations with the European Commission.

What scope is there for modernisation?

Premium 01 January 2005

Last autumn a seminar was held in Brussels on the reform of the enforcement of Article 82 EC by the European Commission. This event was sponsored by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the University of Nyenrode and Global Competition Review. ANTONIO CAPOBIANCO, of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP reports