Cartels

Lack of intent evidence dooms drugmaker fine

Lack of intent evidence dooms drugmaker fine

15 January 2018

Ruling that Switzerland’s antitrust authority failed to provide sufficient evidence of anticompetitive intent, a Swiss court has found that Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Bayer are no longer guilty of illegally setting minimum prices for their erectile dysfunction medication.

Peru fines LPG cartel in fuel probe

Peru fines LPG cartel in fuel probe

12 January 2018

Peru’s competition enforcer has fined a cartel of 16 liquefied petroleum gas companies in an ongoing probe of the country’s fuel sector.

HarperCollins closes the book with Canadian enforcer

HarperCollins closes the book with Canadian enforcer

11 January 2018

HarperCollins has agreed to alter its contracts with ebook retailers after reaching a settlement with Canada’s Competition Bureau that ends the publisher’s litigation.

Cartelist's gift card programme not misleading, court says

Cartelist's gift card programme not misleading, court says

10 January 2018

Canadian food retailer Loblaw, the immunity applicant in a criminal investigation into bread cartels, has fended off a court challenge that claimed the waivers it required affected consumers to sign to receive compensatory gift cards were misleading.

Attempted bribery of competition enforcer results in penalty

Attempted bribery of competition enforcer results in penalty

09 January 2018

A Lithuanian court has sentenced an employee of an agricultural machinery company to a suspended two-year prison term and a fine of €7,500 for attempting to bribe a Lithuanian Competition Council official in a bid-rigging case.

Romania fines electricity meter cartels

Romania fines electricity meter cartels

08 January 2018

Romania’s Competition Council has imposed €15.8 million in fines against a pair of cartels that rigged bids for the supply of electricity meters.

Poland fines wood manufacturing cartel

Poland fines wood manufacturing cartel

03 January 2018

The Polish competition enforcer has fined four wood manufacturing companies a collective 135 million zlotys (€32 million) for sharing information and fixing prices – the third-largest fine ever to be imposed on cartel members in Poland.

MasterCard and Visa UK appeals will be heard together

MasterCard and Visa UK appeals will be heard together

15 December 2017

It would be “unthinkable” for the three appeals in the Visa and MasterCard interchange fee cases not to be heard together, a UK appeal judge said today.

Japan’s Supreme Court says effects enough for jurisdiction

Japan’s Supreme Court says effects enough for jurisdiction

14 December 2017

The Supreme Court of Japan on Tuesday ruled that the country’s antitrust law applies to conduct outside Japan so long as it harms competition within the country, even if the original sale of the cartelised product occurred in a foreign nation.

Choice of non-UK law bars iiyama LCD claim, says defence

Choice of non-UK law bars iiyama LCD claim, says defence

14 December 2017

Counsel to Samsung Electronics, which is defending against a damages claim for its role in the liquid crystal display cartel, has argued to an English appeals court that either Japanese or Taiwanese law should apply – which, unless the claimant pleads undue hardship, would end the lawsuit.