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ABB ruling rewards cartel activity, BritNed argues

ABB ruling rewards cartel activity, BritNed argues

15 July 2019

A lower court judge made a “legal error” in undercompensating a victim of the power cables cartel, with an effect that “positively rewards” the anticompetitive conduct, counsel to BritNed has said.

Ofcom used wrong test to penalise non-existent conduct, Royal Mail counsel claims

Ofcom used wrong test to penalise non-existent conduct, Royal Mail counsel claims

15 July 2019

Royal Mail’s €50 million fine for abuse of dominance should be overturned because Ofcom penalised it for price increases that it never actually implemented, the company’s counsel has argued.

Spanish authority reimposes fines on dairy companies

Spanish authority reimposes fines on dairy companies

15 July 2019

Spain’s competition authority has fined eight dairy companies and two regional associations €80.6 million for engaging in anticompetitive information exchange, after Spain’s Supreme Court had thrown out its original infringement decision.

SAMR issues abuse fine to public water utility

SAMR issues abuse fine to public water utility

15 July 2019

China’s antitrust watchdog has penalised the state-owned water supplier in the city of Tianjin for abusing its dominance by forcing real estate developers to use a designated company when constructing certain secondary water supply facilities.

General Court rejects optical disk drive appeals

General Court rejects optical disk drive appeals

12 July 2019

The EU’s General Court has rejected appeals from five members of the optical disk drive cartel to have their collective fines of €116 million annulled or reduced.

Firms hire and promote in Germany and Chile

Firms hire and promote in Germany and Chile

12 July 2019

Firms in Germany and Chile have hired and promoted lawyers to the partnership, while a new competition boutique has launched in Romania.

EU and South Africa conditionally clear GSK/Pfizer

EU and South Africa conditionally clear GSK/Pfizer

12 July 2019

The European Commission has ordered Pfizer to globally divest its ThermaCare brand to proceed with the company’s proposed €10.8 billion joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline, while South Africa’s enforcer also imposed remedies on the deal.

French enforcer suffers massive cartel fine reductions

French enforcer suffers massive cartel fine reductions

11 July 2019

A French court has slashed fines for six companies across two flour cartels because the country’s antitrust agency wrongly calculated the duration of the infringement and some of the cartelists were in financial difficulty.

Germany blocks waste recycling deal

Germany blocks waste recycling deal

11 July 2019

Germany’s antitrust authority has blocked a deal involving the country’s largest waste management company after rejecting proposed structural and behavioural remedies.

General Court slashes fine on tray maker

General Court slashes fine on tray maker

11 July 2019

The EU’s General Court has struck out €22 million of a €33 million fine imposed on Coopbox for participating in the food-packaging cartel, but upheld the fines imposed on fellow plastic tray manufacturers Silver Plastics, Huhtamäki and Italmobiliare.