Work Area: Cartels

ECJ rejects food packaging cartel appeal

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the General Court did not breach a food packaging cartel member’s right to a fair trial when it refused its request to hear witness evidence in person.

22 October 2020

CMA and SFO set out cartel collaboration agreement

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has signed a new memorandum of understanding with the country’s Serious Fraud Office, although lawyers disagree whether both agencies are likely to now join forces on cartel cases or if the SFO will take the lead.

22 October 2020

National Grid settles follow-on claim against ABB

The UK’s electricity grid operator has withdrawn its follow-on damages claim against ABB, marking its third settlement with members of the power cables cartel.

22 October 2020

Japan steps up bid-rigging enforcement with dawn raids

Japan’s competition watchdog has reportedly raided 14 computer suppliers and four drug wholesalers in separate bid-rigging investigations.

20 October 2020

ACCC seeks to penalise crane cartel

Australia’s competition watchdog has accused NQCranes of conspiring with a rival to allocate the market for overhead cranes.

19 October 2020

Cartel claim against Uber goes to India’s Supreme Court

India’s top court will hear the merits of a case against Uber and Ola alleging that they operate an anticompetitive pricing model.

19 October 2020

Nexans argues for full role in UK power cables damages claim

Power cables conspirator Nexans has argued that it should be able to fully participate in energy company Vattenfall’s follow-on damages claim against Prysmian because it would be liable for alleged loss if the claim is successful.

13 October 2020

German court revives Carlsberg beer cartel case

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has ordered a lower court to rehear Carlsberg’s previously successful appeal against a €62 million cartel fine, in a ruling that could lower the evidentiary threshold for establishing an anticompetitive information exchange.

13 October 2020

Hybrid settlement did not prejudice non-settling company, advocate general says

The European Commission may have prejudged Pometon’s liability when it referenced the manufacturer in a hybrid settlement decision – but the enforcer would have still found that the company was involved in the steel abrasives cartel, an EU advocate general has said.

08 October 2020

EU trucks cartelists lose UK appeal on non-essential facts

A UK appellate court has refused a plea by truck manufacturers to contest certain facts in the European Commission’s trucks cartel settlement decision during follow-on litigation.

07 October 2020

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