Cartels

Germany fines construction cartel €110 million

Germany fines construction cartel €110 million

30 March 2020

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has finalised penalties against 11 construction companies that colluded for almost a decade to rig bids for large-scale industrial projects.

UK tribunal suggests expediting and referring trucks appeal

UK tribunal suggests expediting and referring trucks appeal

27 March 2020

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has allowed defendant truck manufacturers to appeal against its ruling on the binding nature of the European Commission’s trucks cartel decision.

ACCC relaxes rules for medical equipment suppliers and supermarkets

25 March 2020

Australia’s competition authority will allow medical technology companies to coordinate the supply and potential manufacture of medical equipment needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Egypt takes aim at suspected chicken broker cartel

Egypt takes aim at suspected chicken broker cartel

23 March 2020

Egypt’s Competition Authority has alleged that five poultry brokers used WhatsApp messages and Facebook groups to collude to fix the price of chicken across Egypt.

Textbook publishers accused of cartel conduct in Hong Kong

Textbook publishers accused of cartel conduct in Hong Kong

23 March 2020

Hong Kong’s competition watchdog has accused three textbook publishers and one individual of engaging in cartel conduct.

Coronavirus round-up: Cooperate to “feed the nation”, UK government tells retailers

Coronavirus round-up: Cooperate to “feed the nation”, UK government tells retailers

20 March 2020

As competition authorities around the world continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the EU has announced a temporary framework to streamline state aid to businesses, while the UK and South Africa have relaxed rules on horizontal cooperation

Sports data company starts antitrust battle

Sports data company starts antitrust battle

20 March 2020

Sportradar has sued three companies over a request for data supply services in the UK’s specialist antitrust tribunal.

EU clarifies duty to assess complaints

EU clarifies duty to assess complaints

18 March 2020

The European Commission can reject an antitrust complaint if a national competition authority has already “dealt with” the matter, even if a full-merits probe was never carried out, the EU General Court has held.

French enforcer hits Apple with highest-ever fine

French enforcer hits Apple with highest-ever fine

16 March 2020

France’s Competition Authority has fined Apple €1.1 billion for distribution-related antitrust violations that “sterilised” the market for almost all Apple products sold in France.

Korea fines international banks for rigging currency swaps

11 March 2020

Korea’s competition watchdog has penalised four international banks for rigging currency swap bids conducted by three local companies.