Work Area: Cartels

Dutch enforcer hits cigarette cartel with €82 million fine

The Dutch competition authority has fined four cigarette manufacturers over €82 million for exchanging information about the future prices of cigarettes.

29 September 2020

EU enforcers dispute role of antitrust in achieving green goals

Officials from several European antitrust agencies have clashed over whether – and to what extent – competition policy should help foster sustainable development and green initiatives.

28 September 2020

Pakistan raids cement and sugar mill associations

Pakistan’s competition watchdog has conducted two separate dawn raids in consecutive days, as it raided the primary associations in the cement and sugar sectors.

25 September 2020

Norway readies fines against publishing sector cartel

The Norwegian Competition Authority has threatened to fine an alleged book publishing cartel €45 million for purportedly sharing confidential information through an industry-wide database known as Bokbasen.

25 September 2020

Ex-oncology network president charged in market-allocation conspiracy

A federal grand jury has indicted the former president of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute for conspiring to allocate oncology treatments to patients in southwest Florida.

25 September 2020

ECJ throws out Prysmian’s power cables appeal

The European Court of Justice has dismissed Prysmian’s appeal challenging a General Court ruling that confirmed the European Commission’s €104.6 million fine against the company.

24 September 2020

Spain fines port unions for restrictive collective bargaining agreement

Spain’s competition enforcer has fined six stevedoring unions for imposing anticompetitive hiring requirements on port stowage companies, just three days after the European Court of Justice rejected its request for a preliminary ruling on the case.

21 September 2020

Ireland lays out chargesheet in first price signalling probe

Ireland’s competition enforcer has accused six major insurers and a trade association of cooperating to raise prices in the motor insurance market, following a four-year probe into alleged price signalling.

18 September 2020

Dutch enforcer raids home furnishing companies

The Dutch competition watchdog has raided several unnamed companies in the home furnishings sector over suspected horizontal price fixing and resale price maintenance, in its first inspection since suspending office searches in March.

18 September 2020

NKT settles National Grid power cables claim

The UK’s electricity grid operator has settled for an undisclosed sum its damages claim against NKT following-on from the European Commission’s power cables cartel decision.

17 September 2020

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