Joint Conduct

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.

Defendant fights first UK opt-out class certification request

Defendant fights first UK opt-out class certification request

12 December 2016

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal today heard the UK’s first-ever application to launch an opt-out antitrust class action, in a case that will test whether the specialised court will allow collective damages claims where infringements occurred before the country’s opt-out regime came into effect.

CADE wraps up decade-long gas consortium probe

CADE wraps up decade-long gas consortium probe

09 December 2016

After 12 years of litigation, Brazil’s competition enforcer this week ended a merger review and abuse of dominance case against a gas supply consortium by fining its members more than 21 million reais.

China punishes Medtronic for resale price maintenance

China punishes Medtronic for resale price maintenance

08 December 2016

China’s National Development and Reform Commission has fined US medical device manufacturer Medtronic 118.5 million yuan (€16 million) for resale price maintenance.

CMA issues record fine in rare excessive pricing decision

CMA issues record fine in rare excessive pricing decision

07 December 2016

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority today fined pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Flynn Pharma £89.4 million (€105 million) for charging the country’s national health care system excessive prices for an anti-epilepsy drug.

ACCC set to deny banks’ collective bargaining against Apple

ACCC set to deny banks’ collective bargaining against Apple

29 November 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today tentatively denied four banks’ request for permission to collectively bargain with and boycott Apple.