Work Area: Cartels

France revises penalty guidance

France’s Competition Authority has updated its fining notice after 10 years, which clarifies changes introduced by the ECN+ Directive as well as expanding how it calculates the seriousness of infringing conduct.

30 July 2021

Portugal issues private health sector with SO over collective bargaining

The Portuguese Competition Authority has accused five hospitals and their business association of coordinating negotiation strategies to fix prices of services offered to public agencies, but lawyers have warned the case could mean “the end of collective bargaining” for professional organisations.

30 July 2021

Last remaining banks settle Canadian forex cartel claims

The four remaining non-settling bank defendants in Canada’s Forex cartel class action have agreed to pay roughly €16.1 million to settle claims that they conspired to manipulate foreign exchange rates.

30 July 2021

Pricing anomalies demonstrate Shell collusion, Hong Kong court hears

Counsel to an aluminium manufacturer accusing Shell and a rival fuel provider of colluding to fix diesel prices argued that several pricing anomalies are evidence that an illegal agreement was in place.

29 July 2021

Shell accuser admits uncertainties around collusion allegations

The only witness for an aluminium manufacturer accusing Shell and a rival fuel provider of colluding to fix fuel prices said she does not know whether collusion took place and accepted the possibility that pricing decisions were made independently.

28 July 2021

Hong Kong cartel claims lack evidence, Shell and Sinopec dealer argue

Shell and a rival fuel provider have urged a Hong Kong court to throw out an aluminium manufacturer’s collusion claim because the company is unable to rebut the argument that pricing similarities were the result of independent but parallel conduct.

27 July 2021

Korea fines 24 concrete producers for price-fixing

Korea’s Federal Trade Commission has fined 24 concrete pile manufacturers a combined €74.9 million for colluding to fix concrete prices for construction projects.

26 July 2021

South Africa seeks to fine spark plug maker in auto parts probe

The Competition Commission of South Africa has urged the country’s specialist antitrust tribunal to fine NGK Spark Plug Company for its role in the global auto parts cartel.

22 July 2021

New Zealand’s enforcer goes after Google Ads agreements

New Zealand’s antitrust authority is seeking a declaration from the High Court that a consumer loan company violated the country’s anti-cartel rules by allegedly agreeing with rivals not to appear in each other’s Google search results.

21 July 2021

UK government proposes major overhaul of competition rules

The UK government has released a slew of proposals intended to beef up the country’s competition regime, including a revamp of existing market investigation powers and a new status quo whereby the executive could intervene more readily in steering competition policy.

20 July 2021

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