Work Area: Cartels

SAMR sanctions cement cartel €65 million

China’s competition authority has fined 13 companies and a local trade association more than €65 million for conspiring to fix the price of cement in the northwest region of the country.

19 July 2022

Hong Kong tribunal approves settlement in tourism cartel case

Hong Kong’s Competition Tribunal has approved a settlement agreement resolving claims brought by the territory’s antitrust watchdog against a hotel and travel service provider for fixing the price of tickets for tourist attractions.

18 July 2022

KFTC fines pair of bid rigging cartels €52.5 million

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has fined two separate cartels nearly €52.5 million for conspiring to rig bids in the country’s credit card and rail carriage supply markets.

15 July 2022

ECJ should annul raids on French supermarkets, advocate general says

An advocate general at the European Court of Justice has advised the court to annul the European Commission’s dawn raids on Casino and Intermarché in 2017 as the enforcer failed to record statements from third parties that it used as evidence in its decision to search the companies.

14 July 2022

Portugal sanctions security companies for 11-year bid-rigging cartel

Portugal’s antitrust watchdog has fined seven securities companies €41.3 million for rigging tenders to provide hospitals, universities and public authorities with surveillance and security services.

14 July 2022

CMA probes broadcasters over wage-fixing concerns

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has reportedly opened a wage-fixing cartel probe into four sports broadcasters – including Sky, BT and ITV – for potentially fixing the rates offered to freelance workers.

13 July 2022

France alleges nuclear decommissioning cartel

France’s Competition Authority has accused six companies in the nuclear decommissioning market of illegally exchanging information and rigging public procurement procedures.

12 July 2022

Metal packaging manufacturers settle EU cartel probe after sausage gap saga

The European Commission has secured €31 million in fines as part of a cartel settlement with two major packaging manufacturers that Germany’s antitrust enforcer was unable to penalise due to a now-resolved loophole in national law.

12 July 2022

Germany’s highest court ends damages claim against enforcer

Germany's highest court has refused to hear agricultural trading company BayWa’s €73 million damages claim against the national competition authority for purportedly breaching its rights by allowing its rivals to avoid cartel fines through leniency.

11 July 2022

Broiler chicken acquittals are “embarrassment” for DOJ, lawyers say

The acquittals of five poultry executives for purported price-fixing have raised questions about the Department of Justice’s decision to continue prosecuting the case despite two prior hung juries.

11 July 2022

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