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

WATCH: GCR Interactive: Cartels

GCR Interactive: Cartels took place on 25 and 26 February. A full recording is now available to watch.

22 March 2021

UK ro-ro class action claim listed for November

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal has delayed a class certification hearing relating to the EU roll-on roll-off shipping cartel to November over concerns that listing it earlier would leave some defendant counsel unable to attend.

19 March 2021

Turkish court overturns abuse ruling on double jeopardy grounds

Turkey's highest administrative court has upheld the Turkish Competition Authority's decision not to fine Diageo's local subsidiary for foreclosing rival gin and vodka suppliers, finding the enforcer had already fined the company for the conduct in a different product market.

19 March 2021

Norway drops gun-jumping fine against grocer

The Norwegian Competition Authority has revoked its decision to fine NorgesGruppen nearly €2 million for gun-jumping after reassessing whether the company’s takeover of a rival supermarket’s premises was actually notifiable.

19 March 2021

Romania launches medical waste probe following sector study and raids

The Romanian Competition Council has begun investigating eight medical waste treatment and disposal companies over suspicions they divided the market and conspired to block new entrants.

19 March 2021

Hydraulics deal conditionally approved in EU

The European Commission has conditionally cleared Danfoss’ €2.7 billion acquisition of Eaton’s hydraulics business, after accepting a commitment from the merged company to sell assets in Germany, Poland and the US.

18 March 2021

ECJ endorses staggered hybrid settlements

The European Court of Justice has ruled that a hybrid settlement decision by the European Commission in the steel abrasives cartel did not prejudice the non-settling company Pometon, but advised that only limited information about non-settling conspirators should be included in these decisions.

18 March 2021

Mexico issues chargesheet in “widest” ever cartel probe

Mexico's competition enforcer has accused 56 liquefied petroleum gas suppliers and 34 individuals of sharing markets and colluding on prices, in what it says is its largest-ever investigation.

18 March 2021

Germany partially clears Edeka acquisitions with retail space remedy

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has conditionally permitted the country's largest food retailer Edeka to purchase 51 stores from a rival but blocked its acquisition of 21 stores over concerns that it would become "too powerful" in certain regional markets.

17 March 2021

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