Joint Conduct

Turkey investigates LPG market

Turkey investigates LPG market

15 May 2017

Turkey’s Competition Authority is investigating three fuel companies for allegedly restricting the supply of liquified petroleum gas used in vehicles, after Turkey’s high administrative court overturned an earlier decision by the agency that no full investigation was needed.

Non-compete agreement fined in Portugal

Non-compete agreement fined in Portugal

08 May 2017

Portugal’s Competition Authority last week fined a retailer and an electricity distributor €38.3 million for including a non-compete agreement as part of a deal in which electricity customers could spend vouchers at the retailer.

Egyptian court fines individual for obstruction

Egyptian court fines individual for obstruction

05 May 2017

Egypt’s Economic Criminal Court has ordered the legal director of a company to pay 100,000 Egyptian pounds (€5,000) for refusing to cooperate with government officials during a dawn raid last October.

DG Comp raids Swedish mobile operators

DG Comp raids Swedish mobile operators

25 April 2017

The EU’s competition watchdog today raided the four mobile network operators in Sweden, based on concerns that they are violating EU competition law.

Austria fines power tool maker

Austria fines power tool maker

21 April 2017

Austria’s Cartel Court has ruled that Makita must pay €1.56 million for 13 years' worth of anticompetitive conduct, during which time the power tool manufacturer negotiated resale prices with retailers and imposed a ban on parallel trade of its products.

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.