Work Area: Cartels

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

Pakistan uncovers cement sector cartel

An investigative team within Pakistan’s competition watchdog has found evidence of cartel activity in the cement sector and recommended that the agency bring cases against the leading trade association and its members.

17 December 2020

Supreme Court to weigh in on NCAA case over compensation for student athletes

The US Supreme Court will review a lower court’s decision that found the National Collegiate Athletic Association violated federal antitrust law by limiting academic grants offered to student athletes.

17 December 2020

CMA kicks off football kit pricing probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has begun an investigation into a suspected anticompetitive agreement between Rangers Football Club and four sportswear retailers relating to the prices charged for its replica football kits.

16 December 2020

Skating union broke competition rules, EU court says

The EU General Court has confirmed the European Commission’s finding that an international skating body’s eligibility rules were anticompetitive, but ruled that the enforcer overstepped when imposing remedies.

16 December 2020

Indian Supreme Court axes Uber complaint

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that Uber and Ola do not operate hub and spoke cartels through their pricing models, although it set aside a lower court’s ruling that only injured parties can raise a complaint with the country’s competition watchdog.

16 December 2020

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