Cartels

Colombia fines football ticket cartel

Colombia fines football ticket cartel

07 July 2020

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.

Chilean football association pays €2.1 million penalty

Chilean football association pays €2.1 million penalty

03 July 2020

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.

Turkey follows EU and China in launching carmakers probe

Turkey follows EU and China in launching carmakers probe

02 July 2020

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.

EU looks to protect gig workers

EU looks to protect gig workers

01 July 2020

The European Commission has said it will consider introducing regulation or fresh guidelines to clarify the circumstances in which self-employed workers can form collective bargaining agreements without being caught by antitrust rules.

Indonesian airlines escape fines for parallel price increases

Indonesian airlines escape fines for parallel price increases

30 June 2020

Seven Indonesian airlines uniformly raised ticket prices last year, although they did not act as a cartel, the country’s competition authority has found.

Spain promises to credit compliance schemes

Spain promises to credit compliance schemes

19 June 2020

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has released welcome new guidance on compliance programmes and potential fine discounts, creating what lawyers say is a “real incentive” for companies to introduce truly effective internal policing schemes.

Spanish court sends time limit questions to ECJ

Spanish court sends time limit questions to ECJ

18 June 2020

A Spanish court has asked the European Court of Justice if the EU damages directive applies to a follow-on claim brought against members of the trucks cartel, although one lawyer has criticised its questions for being “shortsighted”.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen pleads guilty in Australia

Wallenius Wilhelmsen pleads guilty in Australia

18 June 2020

Norwegian shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean has pleaded guilty to criminal cartel charges in Australia’s Federal Court.

Union lashes out at ACCC over price-fixing warning

Union lashes out at ACCC over price-fixing warning

17 June 2020

The Transport Workers Union of Australia has demanded an apology from the country’s competition watchdog after it sent a warning letter to one of the association’s members who wrote an opinion article urging drivers to maintain their prices.

Pakistan accuses 46 hardware suppliers of bid rigging

Pakistan accuses 46 hardware suppliers of bid rigging

16 June 2020

Pakistan’s antitrust authority has made a preliminary finding that 46 suppliers of transmission line hardware material to electric power distribution companies rigged bids in violation of the country’s competition law.