Topic: Leniency

Andean enforcer reissues cartel fines based on controversial leniency application

The Andean Community's competition enforcer has once again fined Kimberly Clark and Productos Familia for fixing tissue paper prices, disregarding concerns from local antitrust authorities that such a ruling could harm the region’s leniency programmes.

25 November 2021

EU closes lid on canned vegetable cartel

The European Commission has fined Conserve Italia and its subsidiary Conserves France a total of €20 million for participating in a 13-year cartel that fixed the price of canned vegetables, with observers saying the decision could spark damages actions across Europe.

19 November 2021

Taiwan doubles maximum reward for whistleblowers

Taiwan’s government has doubled the maximum reward available to whistleblowers who report collusive conduct.

18 November 2021

CADE hands down more auto parts cartel fines

Brazil’s antitrust enforcer has fined two companies and five of their employees a combined €35 million for cartelising air filters sold in the vehicle aftermarket, while four other companies escaped with cease-and-desist orders.

26 October 2021

Vestager doubles down on EU cartel enforcement commitments

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has revealed that her agency is scrutinising a decline in leniency applications while also planning multiple dawn raids in the coming months.

22 October 2021

India hits beer cartel with major fines

The Competition Commission of India has fined United Breweries, Carlsberg and eight of their executives a total of 9 billion rupees (€104 million) for price-fixing, collectively restricting supplies and dividing the country’s beer market.

24 September 2021

German court quashes brewery cartel fines

A court in Düsseldorf has issued a rare decision overturning €8 million in cartel fines levied against three breweries by Germany’s competition authority, after concluding that there was insufficient evidence to justify the sanctions.

13 September 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

DOJ officials: Leniency programme is “still alive and well”

Acting assistant attorney general Richard Powers has touted the endurance of the Antitrust Division’s leniency programme despite claims that the agency has become less predictable in how it treats those who report antitrust crimes.

22 July 2021

French recycling company loses ECJ appeal

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that a leniency applicant must provide new facts if it is to secure partial immunity, after dismissing an appeal by a recycling company that claimed it was entitled to a bigger discount after being fined as part of the recycled batteries cartel.

03 June 2021

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