Topic: Price fixing

Malaysia issues major insurance cartel decision

Malaysia’s competition watchdog has fined 22 insurance companies, including AIG and Allianz, a total of €35.7 million for fixing the discount rate on certain vehicle parts and the hourly repair labour rates.

30 September 2020

Judge rejects dental insurers’ motion to dismiss conspiracy claims

A federal judge in Illinois has allowed a group of dentists to progress their claims against Delta Dental insurers for conspiring to restrain competition.

10 September 2020

Former steel manager pleads guilty to obstruction in Australia

A former manager at a major steel manufacturer has pleaded guilty to obstructing a cartel investigation.

01 September 2020

Malaysia highlights pervasive competition concerns in service sector

Malaysia’s competition watchdog has heard feedback that competition issues – collusion, price fixing, bundling, exclusive distribution and more – exist in the country’s service sector.

27 August 2020

DC judge doubts antitrust exemption inapplicable in rail freight case

A federal judge in Washington, DC, said he was unconvinced by plaintiffs’ assertions that a statute protecting certain evidence from antitrust scrutiny does not apply in litigation against four of the largest US freight railways.

27 August 2020

Texas judge rejects water agency’s state-action immunity claims

A federal judge in Houston has ruled that a Texas water agency must face two private utility companies’ claims that it monopolised the raw water supply in a northern suburb of that city.

18 August 2020

South African enforcer loses cement cartel appeal

Attending a meeting where price-fixing or market allocation agreements are made does not automatically prove a company is guilty of participating in a cartel, an appellate court in South Africa has ruled.

14 August 2020

South Africa’s 13-year maize cartel probe nears conclusion

South Africa’s antitrust watchdog is nearing the end of its “protracted and complex” maize milling cartel investigation – which began in 2007 – after the country’s competition tribunal confirmed its 14th and penultimate settlement agreement.

11 August 2020

Owing to coronavirus, CCI adopts “lenient” approach in admitted cartel cases

Competition authorities around the world have adopted measures to help businesses collaborate throughout the covid-19 pandemic, although they have warned against taking advantage of the health crisis. Khaitan & Co partner Sagardeep Rathi and senior associate Radhika Seth examine two recent decisions by the Competition Commission of India not to issue fines in admitted cartel cases, and what that means for cartel deterrence.

06 August 2020

New Zealand enforcer forgoes cartel fine due to coronavirus

A horse transportation company has escaped fines for price fixing in New Zealand, because of the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.

29 July 2020

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