Topic: Dawn raids

Spanish court upholds dawn raids on Philip Morris

A Spanish court has confirmed that the country’s antitrust enforcer was entitled to raid Philip Morris in 2017 as part of an information-sharing investigation that ended with the tobacco company being ordered to pay a €15 million fine.

11 August 2021

Latvia sanctions construction cartel

Latvia’s Competition Council has levied a €16.7 million cartel fine on 10 construction companies after concluding one of its most important ever investigations, although counsel to one of the companies claims the agency may have relied on a trove of evidence unlawfully.

10 August 2021

Germany punishes musical instrument makers and retailers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined five musical instrument companies a total of €21 million for vertical and horizontal price fixing, becoming the latest European enforcer to punish such behaviour.

05 August 2021

Austria fines backpack maker for RPM and online sales ban

Austria’s Cartel Court has imposed a fine on a school bag manufacturer for vertical price-fixing policies lasting over seven years as well as restricting its dealers from making online sales.

03 August 2021

Portugal issues private health sector with SO over collective bargaining

The Portuguese Competition Authority has accused five hospitals and their business association of coordinating negotiation strategies to fix prices of services offered to public agencies, but lawyers have warned the case could mean “the end of collective bargaining” for professional organisations.

30 July 2021

Poland raids cleaning products manufacturer in RPM probe

Poland’s competition authority has raided the Kraków headquarters of cleaning products manufacturer Kärcher as part of a resale price maintenance investigation, one month after France’s Competition Authority dropped a similar probe into the German company.

21 July 2021

Portugal and Spain conduct joint dawn raids

Enforcers in Portugal and Spain have raided multiple companies that provide “commercial and financial information services” over allegations of market sharing and price-fixing.

22 June 2021

EU enforcer announces first dawn raid since covid-19

The European Commission has raided a clothing manufacturer in Germany on suspicions of anticompetitive practices, marking its first publicly-announced inspection in over two years.

22 June 2021

Pakistan raids poultry association

Pakistan’s competition watchdog has raided a trade association and an unnamed company in the poultry industry over suspected price-fixing and illegal information exchange.

02 June 2021

Poland issues rare fine for dawn raid obstruction

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has issued its second-ever fine to an individual for a procedural violation, as the agency hit a gym operator and its manager with a combined penalty for obstructing a dawn raid.

26 May 2021

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