Cartels

Hockey league engaged in collective boycott

Hockey league engaged in collective boycott

01 November 2019

Finland’s competition authority has found that an ice hockey league and its teams violated competition law by collectively boycotting transfer deals and training games with a former member.

BritNed must pay back damages to ABB, UK court rules

BritNed must pay back damages to ABB, UK court rules

31 October 2019

A UK appeals court has ruled that a lower court incorrectly calculated damages in the country’s first cartel follow-on claim to reach a decision on the merits.

UK tribunal dismisses “fanciful” funding challenges

UK tribunal dismisses “fanciful” funding challenges

29 October 2019

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has dismissed truck cartelists’ argument that certain follow-on damages claimants cannot serve as class representatives due to their litigation funding arrangements.

Indian enforcer closes in on alleged beer cartel

Indian enforcer closes in on alleged beer cartel

28 October 2019

The Competition Commission of India has reportedly found that Anheuser-Busch InBev, Carlsberg and United Breweries colluded to fix beer prices.

Gig workers should form agreements, says Vestager

Gig workers should form agreements, says Vestager

24 October 2019

EU competition rules do not prevent gig economy workers from entering into unions and negotiating the prices of their services, Margrethe Vestager has said.

ECJ upholds searches in biofuel probes

ECJ upholds searches in biofuel probes

18 October 2019

Europe’s highest court has ruled that the European Commission did not need to take special precautions to respect legal privilege when conducting a second dawn raid, and that its conduct can be challenged only in an application to annul its final decision.

French court reprimands Polynesian enforcer over bias

French court reprimands Polynesian enforcer over bias

18 October 2019

A Paris court has suspended the first antitrust fine ever issued by French Polynesia’s Competition Authority, over concerns the enforcer’s president interfered in the investigation that led to the penalty.

COFECE accuses banks of bond cartel

COFECE accuses banks of bond cartel

15 October 2019

Mexico’s antitrust enforcer has initiated administrative proceedings against several banks – reportedly Citigroup, Banco Santander, Bank of America, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria – for allegedly conspiring to fix bond prices.

Tobacco companies face heavy fines from Ukranian enforcer

Tobacco companies face heavy fines from Ukranian enforcer

14 October 2019

Ukraine’s competition authority has fined its largest cigarette distributor and four cigarette manufacturers a total of €240 million for conspiring to create artificial barriers aimed at preventing further market entry.

Korea punishes 18-year cartel

Korea punishes 18-year cartel

10 October 2019

Korea’s antitrust watchdog has fined six transportation companies 12.73 billion won (€9.68 million) for colluding on bids to import brown rice for eight municipal governments from 2000 to 2018.