Work Area: Cartels

Bulgaria raids petrol association in coronavirus price-fixing probe

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition has raided the offices of an association of petroleum companies after the country’s public prosecutor warned of discrepancies between the cost of global crude oil and local fuel prices.

28 May 2020

Portugal uses interim measures in first no-poach probe

Portugal’s Competition Authority has used interim measures for the first time in over a decade to order the Portuguese Professional Football League to stop enforcing no-poach agreements between its teams.

27 May 2020

Italian court upholds €50 million helicopter cartel fine

An Italian court has upheld the national competition authority’s decision to fine a helicopter company for engaging in a 16-year cartel.

26 May 2020

Pakistani authority slammed for ignoring sugar cartels

A Pakistani government report has criticised the country’s competition watchdog for doing nothing to tackle cartels and abuse of dominance in the sugar industry over the past decade.

26 May 2020

UK judge refuses to adjourn first CMA director disqualification hearing

A key witness in the UK antitrust enforcer’s first director disqualification trial has unsuccessfully argued she cannot give evidence remotely due to her poor internet connection or leave the house for a remote oral hearing because she fears her husband could catch covid-19.

19 May 2020

Poland rolls out new trucks probe

Poland’s competition authority is investigating three major truck suppliers for conspiring to rig bids for the sale of trucks to public bodies – just a year after the enforcer began a separate investigation into the same industry.

19 May 2020

Faurecia fined for colluding over Daimler tender

Auto parts maker Faurecia has confessed to rigging bids with Eberspächer to supply Mercedes-Benz with exhaust systems, as part of a settlement with South Africa’s competition enforcer.

19 May 2020

Indonesia suspects price-fixing in retail fuel sector

Indonesia’s competition watchdog is investigating five fuel retailers over suspected price coordination, as prices remain stagnant despite a global sell-off in oil.

15 May 2020

Speedy disclosure “unrealistic” amid covid-19, UK judge says

The UK judge presiding over Daimler’s follow-on claim against EU roll-on roll-off cartelists has distilled the difficulties of running competition law cases during the covid-19 pandemic as he ruled on a disclosure dispute.

05 May 2020

First competition fines issued in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s specialist competition court has outlined a four-step approach to calculating how to penalise anticompetitive conduct after handing down its first ever antitrust fines.

29 April 2020

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