Region: Austria

Austrian enforcer urges court to fine retailer in RPM case

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has asked the country's cartel court to fine a school rucksack retailer for resale price maintenance, five months after it fined the manufacturer of the bags for its role in the infringement.

19 January 2022

Austria

Featured in GCR 100 2022

The Austrian antitrust bar continues to be dominated by a stable of national firms, most of which are working on the sprawling construction cartel investigation by the Austrian Federal Competition Authority.

10 December 2021

Head of Austrian competition authority resigns with immediate effect

The head of Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has quit seven months before his current term expires, bringing an end to his 15-year stint in the role.

01 December 2021

Austria hits country's largest construction company with record fine

Austria’s Cartel Court has issued its largest-ever fine of more than €45 million on two Strabag Group subsidiaries for taking part in a bid-rigging cartel that lasted nearly 15 years.

22 October 2021

Facebook/Giphy deal attracts more scrutiny in Europe

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has opened a Phase II review into Facebook’s €340 million acquisition of Giphy, less than a week after the UK’s antitrust watchdog threatened to unwind the deal.

18 August 2021

Austria hits medical supplier with gun-jumping fine

Austria’s Cartel Court has approved the competition authority’s third gun-jumping sanction this year, although the agency says potential new amendments to the country's merger control thresholds in 2022 may halve the number of cases it files for failures to notify.

12 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

Germany opens Facebook/Kustomer probe due to Article 22 opposition

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said it will not refer deals to the European Commission unless they meet national notification thresholds, joining several other enforcers in rejecting the EU authority’s recent Article 22 guidance.

23 July 2021

Austrian court urged to fine construction sector cartel

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority has asked a local court to fine two Strabag Group subsidiaries a total of €45.4 million as part of the enforcer’s largest-ever cartel investigation into the construction sector.

15 July 2021

Facebook accepts €9.6 million fine for gun-jumping in Austria

Facebook has agreed to pay a €9.6 million fine for failing to notify its completed acquisition of Giphy to the Austrian Federal Competition Authority.

07 June 2021

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