Work Area: Cartels

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

UK ro-ro class action claim listed for November

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal has delayed a class certification hearing relating to the EU roll-on roll-off shipping cartel to November over concerns that listing it earlier would leave some defendant counsel unable to attend.

19 March 2021

Romania launches medical waste probe following sector study and raids

The Romanian Competition Council has begun investigating eight medical waste treatment and disposal companies over suspicions they divided the market and conspired to block new entrants.

19 March 2021

ECJ endorses staggered hybrid settlements

The European Court of Justice has ruled that a hybrid settlement decision by the European Commission in the steel abrasives cartel did not prejudice the non-settling company Pometon, but advised that only limited information about non-settling conspirators should be included in these decisions.

18 March 2021

Mexico issues chargesheet in “widest” ever cartel probe

Mexico's competition enforcer has accused 56 liquefied petroleum gas suppliers and 34 individuals of sharing markets and colluding on prices, in what it says is its largest-ever investigation.

18 March 2021

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