Joint Conduct

India fines drugmakers and associations

India fines drugmakers and associations

05 June 2019

India’s antitrust watchdog has fined two pharmaceutical companies, several senior employees and two pharmacist associations about €9.5 million for anticompetitively controlling the supply of medicine in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

French enforcer fines but allows exclusivity in overseas territory

French enforcer fines but allows exclusivity in overseas territory

31 May 2019

France’s Competition Authority has fined two biomedical companies for operating an exclusive distribution scheme in French Guiana – but permitted the arrangement to continue, due to the specialised nature of distributing medical devices overseas.

French enforcer dismisses Canal Plus’ abuse claim

French enforcer dismisses Canal Plus’ abuse claim

28 May 2019

France’s Competition Authority has allowed incumbent television broadcasters to include the rights of first and last refusal in contracts to finance French-language films.

European enforcers raid French supermarkets

European enforcers raid French supermarkets

22 May 2019

EU and French competition enforcers have searched French grocery retailers, as part of a probe reportedly targeting a joint purchasing alliance between Casino and Intermarché.

Russian enforcer finds top mobile networks discriminated against private banks

Russian enforcer finds top mobile networks discriminated against private banks

15 May 2019

Russia’s competition watchdog has found that the country’s leading mobile operators abused their dominance by charging private banks up to 10 times more to send SMS messages than they charged state-owned banks.

Italian enforcer overruled on taxi dominance decision

Italian enforcer overruled on taxi dominance decision

03 May 2019

Noting the two-sided nature of the market, an Italian court has overturned the competition authority’s decision that a taxi dispatch service’s non-compete agreements with drivers were freezing rivals out of the market.

Canadian court knocks back beer appeal

Canadian court knocks back beer appeal

26 April 2019

A Canadian appeals court has upheld a decision dismissing a class action claim that accused a beer retailer and the country’s national liquor board of collusion, reiterating that the regulated conduct defence extends to both criminal and civil litigation.

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.