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Spain fines 34 transport companies

Spain fines 34 transport companies

16 March 2017

Spain’s competition enforcer yesterday fined 34 bus companies €9.19 million for rigging bids and engaging in cartel activity on the islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza.

DG Comp encourages anonymous tip-offs

DG Comp encourages anonymous tip-offs

16 March 2017

The EU’s competition watchdog today launched a new programme that will allow whistleblowers to remain anonymous – a move some observers say is the result of a decrease in leniency applications and cartelists’ increasing fear of civil liability.

Paraguay watchdog clears first-ever deal

Paraguay watchdog clears first-ever deal

16 March 2017

Paraguay’s National Competition Commission has cleared the Paraguayan leg of Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola FEMSA’s US$575 million acquisition of soy drinks company AdeS from Unilever.

Vestager warns on algorithms

Vestager warns on algorithms

16 March 2017

Enforcers need to be alert to automated systems that could be used to make price-fixing more effective, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said today.

Canada enforcer resists disclosure orders

Canada enforcer resists disclosure orders

16 March 2017

Canada’s Competition Bureau last week said its investigations would be “seriously compromised” if the country’s courts force it to disclose information gathered during its investigations to private litigants.

Apple halts Russian RPM practices

Apple halts Russian RPM practices

15 March 2017

Apple’s Russian subsidiary may face a nominal fine for forcing its retailers to sell iPhones at set prices, after Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Office said it breached competition laws.

Switzerland investigates tractor manufacturer

Switzerland investigates tractor manufacturer

15 March 2017

Switzerland’s competition enforcer is investigating tractor maker Bucher Landtechnik for anticompetitive agreements over the sale of tractor parts, in its first investigation into the country’s agricultural manufacturing sector.

Freshfields promotes in London and Tokyo

Freshfields promotes in London and Tokyo

15 March 2017

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted senior associates Michele Davis and Nicholas Frey in London and Tokyo-based counsel Kaori Yamada to its partnership.

Taiwan issues RPM fine

Taiwan issues RPM fine

14 March 2017

Taiwan’s competition enforcer last week fined a home appliance manufacturer for resale price maintenance under its rule-of-reason standard, after it found the company had restricted downstream distributor pricing.

ECJ clarifies publication of leniency information

ECJ clarifies publication of leniency information

14 March 2017

For the first time, the European Court of Justice has held that the European Commission’s public cartel decisions cannot feature verbatim information from the narrative section of leniency applications – and forced the enforcer’s hearing officers to conduct more in-depth reviews of companies’ confidentiality claims.

Uber faces interim measure from Chilean taxi drivers

Uber faces interim measure from Chilean taxi drivers

14 March 2017

Fifty-eight taxi drivers have asked the tribunal of Chile’s competition enforcer to grant an interim measure forcing Uber to hand over sensitive documents, and have indicated they will seek US$23.7 million (€23 million) in fines for abuse of dominance.

Damages directive going well, insists DG Comp official

Damages directive going well, insists DG Comp official

13 March 2017

The implementation of the European Commission’s damages directive in EU member states is going smoothly despite the passed deadline, said a policymaker who was instrumental in drafting it and will be speaking at GCR Live Cartels.