Work Area: Cartels

German automakers say conspiracy claims are legally deficient

German carmakers have again asked a Northern California federal judge to reject direct and indirect purchasers’ allegations that they illegally conspired to restrict competition, saying “there is no plausible way” to plead what the plaintiffs need to plead.

13 August 2020

Ex-Citibank trader wins unfair dismissal claim but loses on rehiring plea

A UK employment tribunal has refused to reinstate a former Citibank foreign exchange trader acquitted of rigging forex rates, despite admonishing the bank for its “complete and utter failure” to follow a proper dismissal procedure.

11 August 2020

South Africa’s 13-year maize cartel probe nears conclusion

South Africa’s antitrust watchdog is nearing the end of its “protracted and complex” maize milling cartel investigation – which began in 2007 – after the country’s competition tribunal confirmed its 14th and penultimate settlement agreement.

11 August 2020

Canada updates collaboration guidelines

Canada’s Competition Bureau has published a draft revision of its competitor collaboration guidelines, recommending changes to the guidance for the first time since it was introduced in 2009.

06 August 2020

Colombia fines military rations cartel

Colombia’s competition authority has punished four food suppliers for rigging bids to provide the country’s military with food for ration packs and, for the first time, has imposed the maximum fine on an individual for violating competition law.

04 August 2020

Mexico sanctions medical services cartel

Mexico’s competition enforcer has fined seven diagnostic equipment makers and 14 employees a reported €23.9 million for rigging bids to provide the country’s national health service with lab studies and blood bank services.

03 August 2020

Indonesian Supreme Court rejects cattle cartelists’ appeal

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected a petition to review a 2016 decision by the country’s competition watchdog that punished an expansive cartel in the cattle market.

31 July 2020

UK court orders first use of concurrent evidence in cartel damages trial

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has ordered economic experts to participate in evidentiary “hot tubs” when National Grid’s cartel damages claim against four power cable manufacturers reaches trial this winter.

30 July 2020

National Grid pushes for economic hot tubs in damages claim

Using evidentiary “hot tubs” to test economic expert opinion would help “achieve justice” in National Grid’s follow-on damages claim against four power cable manufacturers, counsel to the electricity company has told the UK’s specialist competition tribunal.

29 July 2020

New Zealand enforcer forgoes cartel fine due to coronavirus

A horse transportation company has escaped fines for price fixing in New Zealand, because of the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.

29 July 2020

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