Joint Conduct

Brazil probes trucker strike

Brazil probes trucker strike

29 May 2018

Brazil’s competition authority is set to investigate several truck driver unions over an eight-day strike that the enforcer says may have caused anticompetitive harm, in what appears to be an unprecedented probe.

Parliament urges CMA to probe Big Four auditors

Parliament urges CMA to probe Big Four auditors

22 May 2018

The UK parliament has called on the country’s competition enforcer to consider breaking up the world’s Big Four auditing firms after the collapse of Carillion.

Danish enforcer sends camping case to prosecutor

Danish enforcer sends camping case to prosecutor

18 April 2018

Denmark’s competition appeal tribunal has upheld a decision finding campsites illegally restricted competition by requiring all campers to obtain a camping card, which the sites agreed to sell at a fixed price.

Hong Kong issues guidance on employment practices

Hong Kong issues guidance on employment practices

10 April 2018

Hong Kong’s competition authority has published advice clarifying that wage-fixing and no-poaching agreements raise potential competition concerns.

Mexico fines condom and catheter makers

Mexico fines condom and catheter makers

22 March 2018

Mexico’s competition authority has fined five condom and catheter suppliers 112 million pesos (€4.91 million) for rigging bids in Mexico’s public health sector as part of its four-year investigation into the latex industry.

Pay-for-delay ruling exposes uncertainty in EU law

13 March 2018

The Paroxetine judgment in the UK highlights a slew of questions that the EU courts have yet to resolve about patent settlements, and takes issue with the UK competition enforcer’s reasoning on market definitions. Tom Webb scrutinises the ruling

Sweden writes off asphalt case

12 February 2018

Sweden’s Competition Authority has closed an investigation into two asphalt and tarmac companies whose employees exchanged strategic information, despite ruling that the employees’ conduct violated competition law.

South African tribunal throws out commission’s cinema case

South African tribunal throws out commission’s cinema case

09 February 2018

South Africa’s specialist competition court has dismissed a complaint from the country’s competition authority alleging that two rival cinemas enforced an illegal market-sharing agreement.

Canadian court issues final ruling in e-books saga

Canadian court issues final ruling in e-books saga

05 February 2018

Following two years of litigation, consent agreements between four major publishers and Canada’s competition enforcer will come into full effect, after Canada’s Federal Court last week rejected an e-book retailer’s challenge to the settlements’ validity.

ECJ backs Italian enforcer in Roche/Novartis

23 January 2018

The EU’s top court has upheld the principle that an agreement to disseminate misleading information about products can violate competition law – the basis for Italy’s antitrust enforcer to fine two drugmakers for claiming that off-label use of a drug was dangerous.