Cartels

CADE probes alleged aviation insurance cartel

CADE probes alleged aviation insurance cartel

15 January 2019

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog is investigating 11 aviation and aerospace insurance and brokerage companies that allegedly exchanged information, in what appears to be a similar probe to one already underway by the European Commission.

Indonesia fines construction cartel

Indonesia fines construction cartel

14 January 2019

Indonesia’s antitrust watchdog has fined three companies and sanctioned several government officials for a bid-rigging conspiracy on a bridge project.

Procedure trips up Spanish enforcer again

Procedure trips up Spanish enforcer again

14 January 2019

A Spanish court has annulled a €57 million cartel fine because the national competition authority’s investigation exceeded the maximum allowed duration by five days.

Spanish enforcer returns to spoiled milk probe

Spanish enforcer returns to spoiled milk probe

11 January 2019

Spain’s competition authority will reopen an investigation into an alleged cartel in the dairy market, after a national court overturned the enforcer’s original €88 million fine last year because of a due process error.

Italian enforcer issues largest ever cartel fine

Italian enforcer issues largest ever cartel fine

09 January 2019

Italy’s Competition Authority has fined 12 banks and eight car manufacturers a total of €678 million for operating a car financing cartel between 2003 and 2017.

Italy drops pharma bidding probe

Italy drops pharma bidding probe

08 January 2019

Italy’s Competition Authority has ended its investigation into a temporary bidding arrangement between Kedrion and Grifols, finding the agreement did not infringe competition law even though each pharmaceutical company could have bid for the contract individually.

France and Netherlands clarify settlement procedures

France and Netherlands clarify settlement procedures

04 January 2019

The French and Dutch competition authorities have published separate guidance seeking to clarify when and how companies can participate in their settlement programmes – with some substantial differences between the two agencies’ rules.

Brazil seeks convictions for 14-year resin cartel

Brazil seeks convictions for 14-year resin cartel

02 January 2019

Brazil’s competition authority has recommended that two companies and seven individuals be convicted of colluding in the market for coatings and composite resins from 2000 to 2014 – with a further nine companies already admitting to the cartel.

Hong Kong defendants argue for divergence from EU

21 December 2018

Antitrust jurisprudence in Europe has created uncertainty and Hong Kong’s Competition Tribunal should pave a different path, counsel to two companies fighting cartel claims at the specialist court have argued.

Defence must prove cartel efficiencies, Hong Kong enforcer insists

Defence must prove cartel efficiencies, Hong Kong enforcer insists

19 December 2018

It is up to the defendants accused of a cartel to prove that efficiencies from their alleged market allocation scheme offset the harm from their otherwise anticompetitive behaviour, counsel to Hong Kong’s Competition Commission has argued.