Work Area: Cartels

Former steel executive sentenced in Australia

A court in Australia has handed down a suspended eight-month prison sentence to a former manager at a major steel manufacturer who obstructed a cartel investigation.

16 December 2020

Brazil sanctions ambulance and medical supplies cartel

Brazil’s competition watchdog has fined seven healthcare supply companies and two executives a total of €8.9 million for rigging bids to provide the national health service with ambulances and various medical equipment.

15 December 2020

Singapore fines pool maintenance cartels

Singapore’s competition watchdog has sanctioned three companies for conspiring to rig bids for contracts to provide swimming pool maintenance services but reduced the fines for two of the conspirators after offering a fast track procedural discount for the first time.

15 December 2020

Italian court annuls €678 million cartel fine

An appellate court has thrown out the largest cartel fine ever imposed by the Italian Competition Authority for major substantive errors in analysis and procedural flaws when investigating an alleged information exchange in the car financing market.

14 December 2020

CADE settles another Operation Car Wash cartel probe

Three construction companies have agreed to pay a combined €9.9 million to settle a bid-rigging probe conducted by Brazil’s competition authority as part of Operation Car Wash, the country’s largest-ever antitrust investigation.

11 December 2020

Leniency survey drives further discussion on how to boost applications, EU official says

The European Commission has said it will take on board and discuss with other enforcers a recent survey revealing that a majority of competition lawyers believe protection from civil damages is the best way to address a possible decline in immunity applications.

11 December 2020

Canada agrees sixth settlement in infrastructure cartel probe

Engineering company Cima+ has agreed to pay C$3.2 million (€2 million) to settle an investigation by Canada’s antitrust authority into an alleged cartel that rigged bids for municipal infrastructure contracts in several cities across Québec.

09 December 2020

France rejects covid-19 flight refund cartel complaint

France’s Competition Authority has dismissed a complaint and request for interim measures lodged by a tourism association against 90 airlines that it accused of unlawfully colluding when failing to refund flight tickets during the coronavirus pandemic.

09 December 2020

Japan sends rare criminal cartel referral to prosecutor

Japan’s competition watchdog has filed a criminal complaint against three drug wholesalers and seven of their employees for rigging bids for contracts to supply certain drugs ordered by a government-affiliated body.

09 December 2020

Portugal fines telecoms cartel as second probe continues

The Portuguese Competition Authority has imposed an €84 million fine on Altice’s local subsidiary MEO for colluding to fix prices and share markets with virtual mobile network operator NOWO, which escaped a penalty as the leniency applicant.

04 December 2020

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