Joint Conduct

CMA charges laundry cartel

CMA charges laundry cartel

20 January 2017

Based on information gathered in a routine merger review, the UK’s competition watchdog today said a joint laundry business venture inadvertently broke competition law after it was found to have entered into an alleged market-sharing agreement.

Flynn counsel to CAT: suspend “unworkable” CMA decision

Flynn counsel to CAT: suspend “unworkable” CMA decision

17 January 2017

A decision ordering Flynn Pharma to alter its allegedly excessive pricing of epilepsy drug phenytoin would irreparably harm the company, counsel to the drug distributor told the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal today.

Israel should boost defence rights, ABA says

Israel should boost defence rights, ABA says

16 January 2017

The American Bar Association’s antitrust and international law sections last week said Israel’s Antitrust Authority should bolster the rights of defendants in its investigations.

General Court OKs DG Comp rejection of collectibles complaint

General Court OKs DG Comp rejection of collectibles complaint

11 January 2017

The General Court today dismissed Topps’ challenge to an enforcement decision not to pursue the collectibles manufacturer’s complaint that several football bodies had violated EU competition law.

Vodafone and O2 fined in the Czech Republic after 13-year legal fight

Vodafone and O2 fined in the Czech Republic after 13-year legal fight

11 January 2017

The Czech Republic’s competition authority has fined two mobile service providers for the existence of an anti-competitive network-sharing agreement, following a decade-long battle that has included six court hearings.

South Africa rules on passive participation in bicycle cartel

South Africa rules on passive participation in bicycle cartel

04 January 2017

South Africa’s Competition Appeal Court last month dismissed two companies’ appeal against a fine for their participation in a cartel affecting bicycle manufacturing and supplies, rejecting arguments that the companies had distanced themselves from the anticompetitive conduct.

ACCC issues contrasting draft decisions on collective bargaining

ACCC issues contrasting draft decisions on collective bargaining

16 December 2016

Australia’s competition watchdog yesterday issued two draft determinations on collective bargaining rights, proposing to deny the right to three tobacco producers but to accept an application by a regional sugarcane producer organisation.

UK tribunal waits to decide on second chance for class certification

14 December 2016

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has reserved judgment on whether it will shut down Dorothy Gibson’s application to launch an opt-out class action or allow her to propose a new class of mobility scooter purchasers, after counsel for the defendant said her case has so far been an “embarrassment”.

Australia’s top court reverses for ACCC in Flight Centre appeal

Australia’s top court reverses for ACCC in Flight Centre appeal

14 December 2016

A High Court of Australia panel today ruled 4-1 that Flight Centre acted illegally by trying to stop three airlines from undercutting its ticket prices, despite the travel agency’s arguments that it did not compete with the carriers.

CAT rejects proposed class in mobility scooters claim

CAT rejects proposed class in mobility scooters claim

13 December 2016

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal today rejected a proposed class of mobility scooter purchasers in the country’s first-ever opt-out antitrust class action, and will decide tomorrow whether to give the claimant a chance to rethink her case.