Cartels

Air cargo decision treats airlines unequally, British Airways claims

13 September 2019

The European Commission’s air cargo fine against British Airways is unlawful because the enforcer readopted reasoning that the General Court had previously annulled, the airline’s counsel has argued.

Portugal fines banks €225 million for information exchange

Portugal fines banks €225 million for information exchange

11 September 2019

Portugal’s antitrust watchdog has issued its highest-ever cartel fine to 14 banks for exchanging sensitive commercial data for more than 10 years.

France and Austria team up on dawn raids

France and Austria team up on dawn raids

09 September 2019

Antitrust enforcers in France and Austria have conducted joint dawn raids on companies in the automatic swimming pool cleaning sector.

Russia set to credit compliance programmes

Russia set to credit compliance programmes

06 September 2019

Russia’s antitrust watchdog has introduced a bill that would reduce the exposure to fines and criminal liability for companies engaged in cartel conduct with robust compliance programmes.

AG Bobek: cartels can be simultaneous by-object and by-effect infringements

AG Bobek: cartels can be simultaneous by-object and by-effect infringements

06 September 2019

An advocate general at the European Court of Justice has confirmed that a cartel agreement can constitute both a by-object and by-effect restriction of competition, but stressed that such a finding is “no licence for vagueness” in enforcers’ analyses.

Australian leniency will no longer cover concerted practices

Australian leniency will no longer cover concerted practices

06 September 2019

Immunity applicants in Australia will no longer be allowed to seek safe harbour from the country’s competition law for engaging in concerted practices.

ACCC files charges over attempted steel cartel

ACCC files charges over attempted steel cartel

30 August 2019

Australia’s competition watchdog has taken a major steel manufacturer to court over allegations that it tried to coordinate a price-fixing cartel for the supply of flat steel products.

French court throws out government’s cartel damages claim

French court throws out government’s cartel damages claim

29 August 2019

A Paris court has dismissed as time-barred the Ile-de-France region’s €173 million follow-on claims against 26 construction, engineering and telecommunications companies that rigged bids to restore schools.

Deutsche Bahn settles Lufthansa air cargo claim

Deutsche Bahn settles Lufthansa air cargo claim

27 August 2019

Deutsche Bahn has settled its air cargo follow-on damages claim against Lufthansa, six years after suing the German airline.

Pakistan clears pharma group but puts industry on notice

Pakistan clears pharma group but puts industry on notice

22 August 2019

Pakistan’s competition watchdog has set aside a prima facie finding that a pharmaceutical organisation violated cartel rules, but warned the entire sector against engaging in anticompetitive behaviour.