Topic: Bid rigging

Austria hits country's largest construction company with record fine

Austria’s Cartel Court has issued its largest-ever fine of more than €45 million on two Strabag Group subsidiaries for taking part in a bid-rigging cartel that lasted nearly 15 years.

22 October 2021

Broiler chicken defendants prepare to redirect blame at trial

Several executives accused of fixing prices for broiler chicken products are prepared to point the blame at their colleagues during a criminal trial starting next week.

20 October 2021

Spain hits rail network sector with second major fine

Spain’s competition authority has fined seven rail and communications companies as well as 10 executives a combined €127.8 million for bid-rigging, in the latest of two major fines imposed on the rail network market since 2019.

04 October 2021

Austria urges Cartel Court to impose more fines on construction cartel

Vienna-based construction company Porr has agreed to pay a settlement of €62.35 million after admitting its role in a wide-ranging conspiracy, as Austria’s Federal Competition Authority continues to push for sanctions in its largest ever cartel probe.

30 September 2021

Brazil launches mass cartel probe into outsourced services

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has formalised a sprawling investigation into more than 40 companies that allegedly rigged bids related to outsourced public and private services, including paramedic aid and building maintenance.

16 September 2021

Finnish court follows ECJ ruling on bid-rigging infringement periods

A Finnish court has confirmed that the country’s competition authority ran out of time to fine a telecommunications provider €35 million for bid-rigging after applying a European Court of Justice ruling that clarified when such infringements end.

23 August 2021

CADE split on school cartel fines

Brazil's antitrust authority remains divided on how it should calculate fines levied on a school uniform cartel, with lawyers saying the uncertainty makes cases unpredictable and inconsistent.

23 August 2021

Spain doles out €61 million fines for rigging road service tenders

Spain’s competition authority has fined 12 infrastructure companies €61.2 million for rigging bids that handed them 63% of the nation’s overall road network budget.

20 August 2021

Pakistan hits sugar producers with highest-ever cartel fine

The Competition Commission of Pakistan has fined the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association and 84 of its members a combined €227 million after uncovering “compulsive or pathological” collusion in the sector.

16 August 2021

Saudi Arabia fines furniture cartel

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Competition has fined four home and office furniture retailers a total of €2.3 million for bid rigging, although observers claim the case raises evidentiary issues.

11 August 2021

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