Work Area: Cartels

Hong Kong tribunal approves first cartel settlement

Hong Kong’s specialist competition court has approved a settlement between the territory’s competition authority, two construction companies and one individual, as the defendants admitted to fixing prices and allocating customers at a public housing estate.

22 July 2020

ACCC grilled on evidence gathering in ANZ cartel case

A top official at Australia’s competition watchdog has faced intense questioning about the agency’s decision not to disclose a potentially exculpatory statement in its landmark ANZ criminal cartel case.

21 July 2020

ACCC omitted exculpatory evidence in ANZ cartel case

Australia’s competition watchdog cut out potentially exculpatory witness remarks in its landmark ANZ cartel case, although the former head of the agency’s serious cartels group explained that she did not know why they were removed.

20 July 2020

Indian cartelists escape fines due to coronavirus

India’s competition watchdog has decided not to fine 10 companies that rigged bids to supply equipment to the country’s railways because of the covid-19 pandemic.

14 July 2020

EU settles with ethylene price purchasing cartel

The European Commission has fined three chemical companies €260 million for colluding to push down ethylene prices, while a fourth company has escaped a €190 million penalty for blowing the whistle on the cartel.

14 July 2020

Korea fines steel transport companies

Korea’s competition authority has fined seven companies €33.8 million for rigging bids for the transportation of steel products over 17 years.

13 July 2020

Generic pharma plaintiffs say states’ Teva case should be among first tried

Drug purchasers suing generic pharmaceutical companies for an alleged antitrust conspiracy have told a federal judge that the case brought by a large group of state attorneys general centred on Teva Pharmaceuticals should be among the first to go to trial.

10 July 2020

Colombia fines football ticket cartel

Colombia’s antitrust enforcer has fined the country’s football federation and two ticket retailers over €4 million for a conspiracy that inflated the price of tickets by up to 350% for FIFA World Cup qualifying events.

07 July 2020

Chilean football association pays €2.1 million penalty

Chile’s competition tribunal has upheld a recommendation by the country’s antitrust watchdog to fine the national football association for charging anticompetitive fees to teams that win promotion to its second highest division.

03 July 2020

Turkey follows EU and China in launching carmakers probe

Turkey’s Competition Authority is investigating Mercedes-Benz, BMW and VW for allegedly colluding to restrict the roll out of emissions and safety technology, mirroring existing probes by the European Commission and China’s antitrust watchdog.

02 July 2020

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