Region: Czech Republic

Czech enforcer secures end to Honeywell tying practice

Honeywell has agreed not to force individuals to purchase its alarm systems as a precondition for participating in one of its training programmes, settling an abuse of dominance investigation by the Czech Republic’s antitrust authority.

13 March 2023

Slovakian appellate council annuls €8.6 million bid-rigging fine

The appellate body of Slovakia’s antitrust enforcer has annulled one of the agency’s largest-ever fines, branding its decision in a bid-rigging case unreviewable and ordering the enforcer to resume its investigation.

01 February 2023

ECJ sides with AG in EU damages directive application

National courts must have the power to order disclosure in antitrust litigation that has been suspended while a competition enforcer probes the same conduct, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

13 January 2023

Czech enforcer issues first penalty for restricting online sales

The Czech Republic’s Office for the Protection of Competition has sanctioned a consumer goods company for fixing online resale prices and blocking retailers from making sales through their websites, marking the first time the watchdog has penalised online sales restrictions.

10 January 2023

Czech Republic

Featured in GCR 100 2023

As the Czech Republic’s Office for the Protection of Competition enters a transition period following a change of leadership, the country’s talented competition bar continues to defend clients in investigations across various sectors.

12 December 2022

Czech enforcer issues more fines for dawn raid obstruction

The Czech Republic’s Office for the Protection of Competition has fined an electronic appliances distributor for obstructing a dawn raid after a company executive refused to hand over his phone and another deleted content from his mobile and laptop.

11 November 2022

EU closes Czech railway predatory pricing probe

The European Commission has closed a six-year predatory pricing investigation into České dráhy without an infringement decision, two years after levelling formal allegations against the Czech Republic’s state-owned railway operator.

03 October 2022

EU accuses rail passenger operators of collective boycott

The European Commission has sent a statement of objections to rail incumbents in the Czech Republic and Austria alleging that they colluded to restrict a new entrant from accessing used train wagons.

10 June 2022

EU advocate general clarifies impact of damages directive on suspended proceedings

The EU’s damages directive does not prevent a national court from making a disclosure order in a private competition enforcement case that has been suspended, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice has said.

06 May 2022

Czech enforcer issues highest-ever RPM fine

The Czech Republic’s antitrust authority has fined a garden equipment supplier nearly €4 million for resale price maintenance, in what is the authority’s highest-ever fine for such conduct.

05 January 2022

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