Work Area: Cartels

EU sends ethanol producers SO in hybrid settlement case

The European Commission has accused Agroetanol and Alcogroup of colluding to rig ethanol benchmark rates to inflate the price of biofuels across Europe, months after a third company confessed to its role in the same cartel.

07 July 2022

Spain sanctions 25-year construction cartel

Spain’s competition authority has fined six of the country’s leading construction companies a combined €203.6 million after finding they rigged thousands of public tenders for construction and civil projects over a 25-year period.

07 July 2022

SAMR bulldozes concrete cartel run through unregistered trade association

China’s antitrust watchdog has fined seven companies more than €2.3 million for fixing the price of commercial concrete, restricting supply and allocating the market in the Fujian province through an unregistered trade association for nearly three years.

07 July 2022

French enforcer sends SO to four electrical equipment makers

France’s Competition Authority has sent statements of objections to four electrical equipment manufacturers alleging that they fixed resale prices, three years after an investigative journal revealed the alleged conduct.

06 July 2022

EU targets Delivery Hero and Glovo in online food delivery raids

The European Commission has raided the offices of Delivery Hero and Glovo in Germany and Spain on suspicion that they colluded to share the market for food and grocery delivery services.

06 July 2022

German policy adviser supports break-up orders absent antitrust infringement

Germany’s Monopolies Commission has supported proposals to empower the country’s competition authority to break up companies without first finding an infringement of competition law.

05 July 2022

Korea penalises manhole cover cartel

Korea’s antitrust authority has fined five manhole cover manufacturers a total of €1.6 million for rigging bids over a period lasting more than eight years.

05 July 2022

Finnish Supreme Court upholds insulation cartel fines

Finland’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the national competition enforcer’s decision to fine two insulation manufacturers for colluding to fix the prices of expanded polystyrene insulation used in buildings.

05 July 2022

Portugal punishes healthcare cartel with €190 million penalty

The Portuguese Competition Authority has fined five hospitals and their business association €190 million for colluding to fix the prices and certain commercial conditions of public healthcare services for five years.

04 July 2022

Ireland gets long-awaited administrative fines regime

Ireland’s president has officially approved highly-anticipated amendments to the country’s competition law, giving the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission the power to issue fines for anticompetitive conduct for the first time.

04 July 2022

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