Cartels

Vietnam probes steel industry

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Vietnam's Competition Administration Department has reportedly opened an investigation of steelmakers in the country, after members of the Vietnam Steel Association agreed not to lower their prices earlier this month.

NMa fines Sara Lee for breaking seal

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The Netherlands' Competition Authority has fined Sara Lee Household and Body Care €269,000 for breaking the seal on a room under investigation by the authority.

OFT investigates recruitment companies

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The UK's Office of Fair Trading has accused eight recruitment agencies of anti-competitive behaviour.

CNC launches rental investigations

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Spain's National Competition Commission has opened two investigations into possible cartel activity - one involving rented cars, the other rented cranes.

France fines hospital taxi services

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France's Competition Council has fined five taxi companies and a regional taxi driver's union close to €44,000 for conspiring to squeeze out competition in the lucrative malade assis, or "sick assist" taxi service in the Alpes-de-Haute province.

Russia targets jet fuel prices

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Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev, has urged the country's government to use antitrust regulations as a means of fighting rising jet fuel prices.

OFT abandons dairy probe

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The UK's Office of Fair Trading today closed its investigation of six Scottish dairies accused of price fixing and market sharing.

Split decision for Korean auto dealers

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Korea's Fair Trade Commission has fined dealers of two brands of luxury cars a total of almost 22 billion won (€13.6 million) for price fixing, but dropped a parallel investigation into possible abuse of dominance among car importers.

Settling cases streamlines cartel catching, says panel

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Introducing the ability to settle cases into the EU's cartel-hunting process is key to streamlining it, said a top competition official at the IBA conference in Buenos Aires yesterday.

Lawyers react to damages judgment

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UK competition lawyers have broadly welcomed yesterday's Court of Appeal ruling that limits the scope for cartel victims to seek follow-on damages in UK courts.