Work Area: Cartels

Korea clamps down on chicken cartel

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has fined seven of the country’s leading Samgye chicken producers a collective €18.1 million for agreeing to fix the prices of meat used in traditional ginseng soup.

12 October 2021

Hollywood film distributors settle antitrust probe in Spain

Hollywood’s biggest film distributors have promised not to share confidential information about their movie premieres with audience measurement companies, settling an investigation by Spain’s competition authority.

11 October 2021

Subsidiaries liable for damages caused by cartelist parents, EU court says

Cartel victims can seek damages from the subsidiaries of companies found to have infringed EU competition rules, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

06 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

Belgium ignites cigarette information exchange allegations

The Belgian Competition Authority has followed enforcers in Spain, the Netherlands and Ukraine in accusing four major cigarette companies of discussing the future prices of their cigarettes.

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

General Court upholds EU capacitors cartel decision

The EU General Court has dismissed five separate appeals against the European Commission’s decision to fine five companies €215.6 million for fixing the prices of electrolytic capacitors with four of their rivals.

29 September 2021

UK exempts fuel sector from antitrust rules to quell delivery crisis

The UK government has suspended competition law in the fuel sector to tackle supply issues that have resulted in panic-buying across the country, signalling its willingness once again to balance antitrust rules and principles with other public policy objectives.

27 September 2021

India hits beer cartel with major fines

The Competition Commission of India has fined United Breweries, Carlsberg and eight of their executives a total of 9 billion rupees (€104 million) for price-fixing, collectively restricting supplies and dividing the country’s beer market.

24 September 2021

Judge approves ACCC evidence requests in steel cartel case

An Australian judge has allowed the country’s competition watchdog to rely on a pair of handwritten call logs as evidence in its trial against a major steel manufacturer accused of trying to coordinate a price-fixing conspiracy.

23 September 2021

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