Work Area: Cartels

DOJ brings first criminal no-poach case

A federal grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against a surgical outpatient services company, marking the first time the Department of Justice has challenged an alleged agreement between two rivals not to solicit each other’s employees as a criminal violation of US antitrust law.

08 January 2021

Italian enforcer must analyse effects of by-object infringements, court rules

Italy’s highest administrative court has confirmed that the country’s competition watchdog failed to prove that Sky and Mediaset colluded with the national professional football league and its advisor over the assignment of broadcasting rights.

07 January 2021

Chile sanctions 14-year bus cartel

Chile’s specialist competition tribunal has fined 11 bus operators for colluding to restrict the number of buses in operation in two southern cities, despite the companies claiming that the country's government had endorsed their agreements.

06 January 2021

JFTC fines construction companies in maglev probe

Japan’s competition watchdog has imposed more than €34 million in fines on two major construction companies for conspiring to fix bids on tenders for the construction of a major magnetic levitation train line.

05 January 2021

Cement company receives deferred prosecution deal for DOJ cooperation

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division has agreed to defer prosecution of Argos USA after the company admitted to its role in a conspiracy to fix prices for ready-mix concrete.

05 January 2021

Portugal imposes highest ever fines

The Portuguese Competition Authority has issued its first hub-and-spoke cartel decisions, fining six food retailers and two beverage suppliers a total of €303.7 million for participating in two separate cartels.

04 January 2021

Germany fines aluminium cartel

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has fined five aluminium forging companies and 10 of their employees a total of €175 million for exchanging price information and encouraging each other to pass on costs to customers.

04 January 2021

UK court exempts cartelist from director disqualification order

A UK court has allowed the owner and executive director of a pharmaceuticals company to continue in his role for two years, despite being banned from serving as a company director for unlawfully sharing information with rival suppliers of an antidepressant drug.

18 December 2020

New Zealand looks to revise leniency ahead of new criminal cartel rules

New Zealand’s government has issued draft guidelines for how the solicitor-general will handle applications for immunity from prosecution ahead of the country’s transition to a criminal cartel regime in April 2021.

18 December 2020

CMA fines another construction cartel

The UK’s competition watchdog has fined two construction companies a total of £15 million for colluding to fix prices, marking the fourth time in two years that it has imposed sanctions on a cartel in that market.

17 December 2020

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