Topic: Price fixing

Australian prosecutor abandons first criminal case against a trade union

A major Australian trade union has urged the head of the country’s competition watchdog to quit after the public prosecutor dropped price-fixing charges against the organisation because witnesses found it difficult to remember details of the alleged conduct.

17 August 2021

Pakistan hits sugar producers with highest-ever cartel fine

The Competition Commission of Pakistan has fined the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association and 84 of its members a combined €227 million after uncovering “compulsive or pathological” collusion in the sector.

16 August 2021

Russia raids luxury goods stores

Russia’s competition authority has raided several luxury goods retailers and distributors over suspicions of an international price-fixing conspiracy.

12 August 2021

Divided Second Circuit “carefully” defers to China in Vitamin C rerun

Chinese law required Vitamin C manufacturers to fix prices, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled once again following instructions from the Supreme Court.

11 August 2021

Hong Kong judge sceptical of cartel allegations in Shell case

The judge presiding over an aluminium manufacturer’s claims that Shell and a rival fuel provider colluded to fix industrial diesel prices has questioned whether the accuser has even put forth a prima facie case.

10 August 2021

Malaysia fines warehousing cartel

Malaysia’s Competition Commission has fined seven warehousing companies for fixing import and export cargo handling service fees at the country’s major port.

10 August 2021

Real estate investor enters second guilty plea

A real estate investor has pleaded guilty for a second time for conspiring to rig bids at foreclosure auctions in Northern California ahead of his trial later this month.

09 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

Hong Kong judge scraps all economic evidence in Shell trial

A Hong Kong judge has scrapped all three economic expert reports and blocked a trio of economists from testifying after lawyers for Shell and a rival fuel provider argued that the evidence has no relevance to claims they colluded to fix industrial diesel prices.

03 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

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