Joint Conduct

CAT allows Ping to introduce new evidence

CAT allows Ping to introduce new evidence

15 January 2018

The UK’s specialist antitrust tribunal today allowed Ping to introduce new evidence in its fight against a Competition and Markets Authority finding that the golf retailer imposed an illegal online sales ban – with arguments showing how relations broke down between the company and the enforcer during the investigation.

New Zealand warns veterinarians

New Zealand warns veterinarians

10 January 2018

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has warned VetLife not to enter into any future supply agreements with rival veterinarians, after the enforcer found the company became part of an illegal price-fixing arrangement in 2015.

Hong Kong banks seek exemption

05 January 2018

Fourteen banks have asked Hong Kong’s Competition Commission to bless their Code of Banking Practice, as complying with the code is in effect mandatory.

ECJ upholds Telefónica/Portugal Telecom decision

ECJ upholds Telefónica/Portugal Telecom decision

15 December 2017

The EU’s highest court has confirmed that Telefónica and Portugal Telecom’s agreement to stay out of each other’s way in the Iberian market was a hardcore restriction of competition – despite Telefónica’s claims that it was pushed into the clause by Portugal’s government.

CMA fines laundry companies for market sharing

CMA fines laundry companies for market sharing

14 December 2017

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has fined two NHS-contracted laundry companies £1.71 million (€1.71 million) for dividing up customers in a market-sharing agreement.

Coty judgment backs luxury manufacturers

Coty judgment backs luxury manufacturers

06 December 2017

The EU’s highest court has ruled that selective distribution systems that aim to preserve products’ luxury image do not violate European antitrust law by restricting third-party online platform sales, and confirmed that platform bans are not hardcore restrictions of competition.

Cyprus fines ExxonMobil and distributors for RPM

Cyprus fines ExxonMobil and distributors for RPM

28 November 2017

Cyprus’ competition authority has fined oil and gas company ExxonMobil and three of its distributors after finding the companies colluded to fix resale petrol prices.

Judge stops CMA from using undisclosed evidence to defend Concordia warrant

Judge stops CMA from using undisclosed evidence to defend Concordia warrant

16 November 2017

A high court judge has barred the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority from relying on redacted evidence when defending its warrant to search drugmaker Concordia.

Ukraine fines Sanofi-Aventis subsidiary for restrictive practices

Ukraine fines Sanofi-Aventis subsidiary for restrictive practices

15 November 2017

Ukraine’s antitrust watchdog has fined Sanofi-Aventis Ukraine and two of its distributors for a scheme that allegedly undercut generic drugs suppliers in public tenders.

UK enforcer: voluntary information requests no longer viable

UK enforcer: voluntary information requests no longer viable

09 November 2017

The head of enforcement for the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said “a few bad apples” have forced the agency to use more compulsory information requests.