Topic: Leniency

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

Nicaragua enacts Central America’s first leniency programme

Nicaragua’s antitrust watchdog has established a new leniency programme for businesses that violate national competition rules, becoming the first country to do so in Central America.

22 March 2021

Poland clamps down on fitness cartel

Poland's competition enforcer has fined eight fitness companies and six of their managers a total of €7.2 million for market sharing, marking only the second time it has fined individuals for an antitrust infringement.

12 January 2021

Leniency survey drives further discussion on how to boost applications, EU official says

The European Commission has said it will take on board and discuss with other enforcers a recent survey revealing that a majority of competition lawyers believe protection from civil damages is the best way to address a possible decline in immunity applications.

11 December 2020

German enforcer criticised for choosing immunity race winner

An agrochemical supplier has challenged a cartel fine imposed by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, arguing that the enforcer breached the principle of equal treatment by inviting three alleged conspirators to apply for immunity.

26 October 2020

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