Joint Conduct

US FTC shuts down refrigerant investigation still pursued in EU

US FTC shuts down refrigerant investigation still pursued in EU

14 August 2017

The US and EU are diverging on whether to continue looking into a Honeywell and DuPont automotive refrigerant production joint venture that may have constituted an anticompetitive agreement.

Canada tribunal rejects HarperCollins e-book challenge

Canada tribunal rejects HarperCollins e-book challenge

31 July 2017

Canada's specialist competition court has refused to dismiss the Competition Bureau's e-books case against HarperCollins, despite the company's arguments that Canadian civil antitrust law does not cover the alleged US conspiracy.

Germany fines clothes maker and retailer for resale price maintenance

Germany fines clothes maker and retailer for resale price maintenance

25 July 2017

Germany's Federal Cartel Office today handed down a €10.9 million fine to a German clothes maker and a major luxury clothing retailer for resale price maintenance.

DG Comp issues fresh pay-for-delay charge

DG Comp issues fresh pay-for-delay charge

17 July 2017

The EU’s competition watchdog has accused drugmaker Teva and subsidiary Cephalon – a former rival – of signing an illegal patent settlement in which Teva agreed to delay the entry of a generic sleep disorder drug.

Germany finalises guidelines on vertical price fixing in food retail

Germany finalises guidelines on vertical price fixing in food retail

12 July 2017

Germany’s competition enforcer has issued final guidelines on the prohibition of vertical price-fixing in the food retail sector, in a bid to broaden local companies’ understanding about the legality of communications between manufacturers and retailers.

Taxi joint bidding is anticompetitive, says top Norwegian court

Taxi joint bidding is anticompetitive, says top Norwegian court

30 June 2017

Norway’s Supreme Court has upheld an infringement decision against two taxi companies that jointly bid on a public tender, after receiving an advisory opinion from the Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association on the legal test for a by-object restriction of competition.

Australia blocks cooperation against illicit tobacco

Australia blocks cooperation against illicit tobacco

28 June 2017

Australia’s competition watchdog has denied three tobacco makers’ request to act collectively with regard to retailers and wholesalers across the country that supply illicit tobacco, expressing uncertainty that the proposed action would be effective or necessary.

Enforcers say more evidence needed on algorithms

Enforcers say more evidence needed on algorithms

07 June 2017

Etienne Pfister, chief economist at France’s Competition Authority, said more empirical evidence is needed to determine whether and how the use of online pricing algorithms could potentially violate competition law, and warned regulation and oversight of such pricing programs will be costly.

Cartes Bancaires doesn’t affect Servier, European Commission says

Cartes Bancaires doesn’t affect Servier, European Commission says

07 June 2017

Lawyers defending the European Commission insist that the European Court of Justice’s Cartes Bancaires judgment does not undermine the watchdog’s decision against Servier – but the pharmaceutical company’s lawyers say the precedent should be enough to overturn the finding that Server’s agreements with generic drugmakers were by-object restrictions of competition.

Servier: patent settlements were not by-object restrictions

06 June 2017

A lawyer for pharmaceutical company Servier said the EU’s antitrust watchdog incorrectly found that agreements delaying the entry of generic rivals to its cardiovascular drug perindopril were by-object restrictions.