Work Area: Cartels

CADE hands down more auto parts cartel fines

Brazil’s antitrust enforcer has fined two companies and five of their employees a combined €35 million for cartelising air filters sold in the vehicle aftermarket, while four other companies escaped with cease-and-desist orders.

26 October 2021

Australian judge grapples with the “difficulty” of ACCC cartel case

An Australian judge has laid out the difficulties in ruling on an alleged attempted cartel agreement that never came to fruition as a steelmaker seeks to persuade a court that the country’s competition enforcer was wrong to launch infringement proceedings against it.

26 October 2021

India drops seven-year auto parts cartel probe despite leniency applications

The Competition Commission of India has closed an auto parts cartel investigation due to a lack of evidence despite its investigative arm finding an infringement and two companies applying for leniency.

26 October 2021

ACCC secures first-ever guilty plea from an individual for criminal cartel conduct

The former export manager of an Australian company that produces active pharmaceutical ingredients has pleaded guilty to three criminal cartel charges – the first individual to do so under Australia’s criminal cartel regime.

26 October 2021

Cambodia becomes final ASEAN country to adopt competition law

Cambodia has adopted a long-awaited competition law that includes all three traditional pillars of enforcement – anticompetitive agreements, abuses of dominance and merger control – as well as potential jail time for cartellists.

25 October 2021

Austria hits country's largest construction company with record fine

Austria’s Cartel Court has issued its largest-ever fine of more than €45 million on two Strabag Group subsidiaries for taking part in a bid-rigging cartel that lasted nearly 15 years.

22 October 2021

Vestager doubles down on EU cartel enforcement commitments

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has revealed that her agency is scrutinising a decline in leniency applications while also planning multiple dawn raids in the coming months.

22 October 2021

Chile seeks record fines for cash transportation cartel

Chile’s antitrust enforcer has asked the country’s Competition Tribunal to dole out €56 million in fines to three security companies and five of their executives for alleged price-fixing.

21 October 2021

ACCC’s crane cartel claims survive strike out request

Australia’s Federal Court has rejected an attempt by NQCranes to dismiss claims it conspired with a rival to allocate the market for overhead cranes.

21 October 2021

Broiler chicken defendants prepare to redirect blame at trial

Several executives accused of fixing prices for broiler chicken products are prepared to point the blame at their colleagues during a criminal trial starting next week.

20 October 2021

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