Joint Conduct

Servier and DG Comp clash on defence rights

06 June 2017

The European Commission violated the defence rights of drugmaker Servier by insufficiently consulting with member states’ competition authorities and prejudging its pay-for-delay case against the company, lawyers for Servier argued today.

Servier to attack DG Comp decision

05 June 2017

Servier will this week challenge both substantively and procedurally a European Commission decision that painted the pharmaceutical company as a ringleader in a pay-for-delay scheme.

EU refrigerants complainant shifts focus

EU refrigerants complainant shifts focus

02 June 2017

Chemicals company Arkema has filed a new European Commission complaint against Honeywell in a push to gain fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory access to the company’s patents.

South Africa fines construction company

South Africa fines construction company

30 May 2017

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has fined construction company Giuricich Coastal Projects 900,000 rand (€6000) for collusive tendering – a fraction of the 8.6 million rand (€585,000) that the country’s antitrust enforcer had sought.

Canadian court rejects attempt to widen interchange fee litigation

Canadian court rejects attempt to widen interchange fee litigation

30 May 2017

A Canadian appeal court has rejected amendments to a pleading made by a class of merchants in interchange fee claims against Visa, MasterCard and several banks.

Cyprus fines banks €31 million over card payments

Cyprus fines banks €31 million over card payments

25 May 2017

Cyprus’s competition watchdog has ordered eight banks to pay a total of €31 million for abusing their dominant position in the country’s card payment market.

French court quashes dawn raid

French court quashes dawn raid

23 May 2017

France’s top court has ruled that antitrust investigators breached Samsung Electronics’ defence rights during 2013 dawn raids, but separately upheld inspections of Darty and Electrolux during the same investigation of appliance makers and distributors.

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.