Work Area: Cartels

Moldova levies record fine against crop protection cartel

Moldova’s antitrust enforcer has issued its highest-ever fine after concluding that four distributors of crop protection products fixed prices, although the companies claim the probe was motivated by the chairman’s private business interests in that market.

12 April 2021

New Zealand’s criminal cartel regime goes live

New Zealand has launched its long-awaited criminal cartel regime, meaning that price-fixing, market allocation and bid-rigging can now be punished with a jail sentence of up to seven years.

08 April 2021

Mastercard confesses role in UK welfare card cartel

Mastercard and two card issuers face fines of £32 million after admitting that they agreed not to compete with one another to provide local authorities in the UK with prepaid cards given to individuals receiving welfare support.

31 March 2021

France sanctions sandwich cartel

France’s Competition Authority has fined a pair of mass-produced sandwich makers €24.6 million for conspiring to rig bids in response to tenders put out by large food retailers.

26 March 2021

First EU pay-for-delay fines survive ECJ challenge

In a highly-anticipated ruling, the European Court of Justice has confirmed the European Commission’s first-ever pay-for-delay decision fining Lundbeck and five generic drugmakers a combined €146 million.

25 March 2021

Korea hits auto parts cartel with big fines

Korea’s competition watchdog has fined four auto parts manufacturers more than €61 million for colluding to rig bids for weatherstrips on Hyundai and Kia cars over a 12 year period.

24 March 2021

Italian court turns to ECJ again in eye drug misinformation case

Italy’s supreme administrative court has asked the European Court of Justice to weigh-in for a second time on a challenge brought by Roche and Novartis against a €180.5 million collusion fine levied against them by the country’s competition enforcer.

23 March 2021

Nicaragua enacts Central America’s first leniency programme

Nicaragua’s antitrust watchdog has established a new leniency programme for businesses that violate national competition rules, becoming the first country to do so in Central America.

22 March 2021

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