Joint Conduct

Spain smokes out tobacco information sharing

15 April 2019

Spain’s competition authority has fined three tobacco companies and a distributor €57.1 million for agreeing to share real-time sales data – in the agency’s first use of an effects-based analysis for information exchange.

Ireland’s first gun-jumping prosecution ends in charitable donation

Ireland’s first gun-jumping prosecution ends in charitable donation

10 April 2019

The first gun-jumping case referred by Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission for prosecution has resulted in a guilty plea and €2,000 donation to a local charity.

South Africa issues gun-jumping guidelines

South Africa issues gun-jumping guidelines

03 April 2019

The Competition Commission of South Africa has introduced new guidance that states it will calculate fines for failure to notify a deal based on merger filing fees, and will no longer use a turnover-based methodology.

EU accepts pay-TV commitments

EU accepts pay-TV commitments

07 March 2019

The European Commission has ended a major probe into four US movie studios and UK broadcaster Sky, now that it has accepted commitments that will end cross-border pay-TV content blocking.

Visa and Mastercard face another interchange fees probe

Visa and Mastercard face another interchange fees probe

04 March 2019

Three Russian retail associations have asked the country’s competition enforcer to investigate Visa and Mastercard for imposing potentially discriminatory interchange fees on retailers.

First hub-and-spoke fines issued in Chile

First hub-and-spoke fines issued in Chile

04 March 2019

Chile’s competition tribunal has fined Walmart and two other retailers for implementing a scheme to fix resale chicken prices, in a precedent-setting decision that rewarded a compliance programme for the first time while relying on an earlier major probe into the wholesale market.

CMA sends third SO in hydrocortisone probe

CMA sends third SO in hydrocortisone probe

28 February 2019

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found that drugmakers Auden McKenzie and Waymade artificially inflated prices of a life-saving drug through a pay-for-delay scheme.

Albanian enforcer launches in-depth banking probe

Albanian enforcer launches in-depth banking probe

05 February 2019

Albania’s antitrust watchdog is investigating the country’s four largest banks, after a preliminary look suggested they may have coordinated rates for loan interest, mortgages and foreign exchange commissions.

Hong Kong pharma group seeks exemption

04 February 2019

The Hong Kong Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry has asked the territory’s competition watchdog to allow it to collect and distribute certain non-price sales data for prescription and over-the-counter products in Hong Kong and Macau.

Brazil targets Carnival brewers

Brazil targets Carnival brewers

22 January 2019

Brazil’s competition agency is probing exclusivity agreements between local authorities and brewers highlighted by an economic ministry report.