Joint Conduct

Ukraine fines petrol companies for similar pricing

Ukraine fines petrol companies for similar pricing

01 November 2016

Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee has fined seven petrol station operators 204 million Ukrainian hryvnia (€7.23 million), having applied a controversial provision that allows it to presume that the companies’ similar pricing strategies amount to anticompetitive conduct.

Peru fines pharmacy chains

01 November 2016

Peru’s competition watchdog has imposed fines and corrective measures on five pharmacy chains for fixing the prices of medicine and dietary supplements, marking the first time the agency has used both tools at the same time.

EFTA investigates Norwegian financial services

EFTA investigates Norwegian financial services

27 October 2016

The European Free Trade Association’s Surveillance Authority yesterday launched a formal investigation of four Norwegian financial services institutions for allegedly blocking a new e-payment market entrant.  

DG Comp sends SO over code-sharing

DG Comp sends SO over code-sharing

27 October 2016

The European Union’s competition watchdog has sent formal charges to Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines and TAP Portugal after the airlines allegedly colluded to reduce the number of seats available on and align the prices of their Brussels to Lisbon flights.

Portuguese court upholds pharmacy margin squeeze decision

Portuguese court upholds pharmacy margin squeeze decision

21 October 2016

Portugal’s Competition, Regulation and Supervision Court has upheld a decision by the country’s competition enforcer to fine the national association of pharmacies for an abuse of dominance, but reduced the penalty by €3.4 million.

Norway fines joint sludge bid

Norway fines joint sludge bid

21 October 2016

Norway’s Competition Authority has fined two construction companies for collusive bidding after they submitted a joint bid for a contract to manage a wastewater byproduct for which they were the only candidates.

Servier granted additional defences in pay-for-delay follow-on

Servier granted additional defences in pay-for-delay follow-on

05 October 2016

Laboratoires Servier will be allowed to argue at trial that the UK’s health ministry failed to take reasonable steps to encourage switching from a drug that was allegedly affected by a pay-for-delay scheme, an English judge ruled yesterday.

France fines modelling agencies

France fines modelling agencies

30 September 2016

France’s Competition Authority has ordered 37 modelling agencies and a trade association to pay €2 million in fines, after the companies agreed minimum fees to be paid to models and modelling agents.

DG Comp turns up heat on ice skating union

DG Comp turns up heat on ice skating union

27 September 2016

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition today opened a formal investigation of International Skating Union rules that impose penalties on athletes that participate in unauthorised events.

General Court backs DG Comp on pay-for-delay

General Court backs DG Comp on pay-for-delay

08 September 2016

The EU’s General Court today dismissed challenges to fines imposed on Lundbeck and several generic drugmakers for agreeing to delay the market entry of rivals to the antidepressant citalopram, prompting strong criticism from some competition specialists.