Joint Conduct

Canadian court puts e-books appeal on hold

Canadian court puts e-books appeal on hold

20 April 2017

Canada’s Federal Court yesterday stayed Kobo’s application for a judicial review of the second round of Competition Bureau e-book settlements, in order to let the country’s specialist competition tribunal rule on whether Canada has jurisdiction over the alleged e-book price-fixing.

US FTC: Google harmed by "degraded” search advertising

US FTC: Google harmed by "degraded” search advertising

11 April 2017

In opening arguments in its case against 1-800 Contacts today, counsel to the US Federal Trade Commission argued that Google and other search engines were harmed by agreements that limit the ability of rival contact lens retailers to buy search advertising using 1-800 Contacts’ trademarked name.

ACCC rejects banks' application to boycott Apple Pay

ACCC rejects banks' application to boycott Apple Pay

03 April 2017

Australia’s competition watchdog has denied four banks permission to collectively boycott Apple Pay and collectively negotiate with the technology company to develop their own digital wallets on Apple’s iOS platform.

Italy raids cardboard companies

Italy raids cardboard companies

31 March 2017

Italy’s competition watchdog yesterday opened an investigation into twelve companies, their subsidiaries and a trade association follwing suspicions they rigged the market for corrugated cardboard and packaging.

Top Italian court upholds annulment of fine

Top Italian court upholds annulment of fine

22 March 2017

Italy’s Council of State has upheld a decision to quash a €29 million fine on two insurance companies, after finding that the country’s competition watchdog had failed to show that the parallel conduct was due to illegal agreements. 

Norway fines four publishers

Norway fines four publishers

22 March 2017

Norway’s Competition Authority today fined four publishers 32 million kroner (€3.5 million) for boycotting a book distributor in favour of a distributor they jointly owned.

South Africa confirms settlement in maize cartel

South Africa confirms settlement in maize cartel

20 March 2017

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa on Thursday signed off on a fine of 10 million rand (€740,000) on Blinkwater Mills for fixing the price of maize, in another settlement of one of the longest running complaints in the history of the competition authority.

Japan warns Deutsche Bank over bid-rigging bonds

Japan warns Deutsche Bank over bid-rigging bonds

17 March 2017

Japan’s competition authority issued a warning to Deutsche Bank on Wednesday for exchanging information with Citi Securities and rigging bids in the European government bond market, in a rare investigation into cartels in the Japanese finance sector.

Kobo and HarperCollins suit up for e-books fight

Kobo and HarperCollins suit up for e-books fight

08 March 2017

E-book retailer Kobo has asked a Canadian federal court to quash the Competition Bureau’s second round of e-book settlements, while HarperCollins has pushed back against the enforcer’s allegations that it conspired with other publishing houses and Apple to raise e-book prices.

Spain fines railway companies €75.6 million

Spain fines railway companies €75.6 million

06 March 2017

Spain’s competition authority has fined Renfe and Deutsche Bahn a total of €75.6 million for restrictions on competition and abuse of dominance in the rail freight market – penalties including the largest that this enforcer ever has imposed on a single company.