Region: Europe

ECJ rejects food packaging cartel appeal

The European Court of Justice has rejected Italmobiliare's appeal against a €35.9 million fine for its subsidiary's involvement in three food packaging tray cartels, concluding that it held a decisive influence over the company.

16 April 2021

Trucks cartel had no effect on price, Spanish court rules

A Spanish court has gone against thousands of decisions awarding damages to victims of the EU trucks cartel, holding that Daimler has proven that the collusion did not increase the price of trucks sold to end-consumers in Spain.

16 April 2021

CMA plans to block investment platform deal for second time

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally blocked FNZ's completed acquisition of GBST for a second time, although it said the former could buy back some of the latter’s assets after being forced to unwind the deal.

15 April 2021

Turkey imposes fourth and highest fine on Google

The Turkish Competition Authority has fined Google €30.7 million and ordered it to remedy the alleged preferencing of its own services in the local search service and accommodation price comparison markets.

15 April 2021

Antitrust liability should extend “downwards”, advocate general says

Subsidiaries may be held liable for the anticompetitive conduct of their parent companies, an EU advocate general has said in an opinion considering whether Mercedes Benz Trucks España should pay damages for Daimler’s role in the EU trucks cartel.

15 April 2021

UK court allows DRAM cartel follow-on claim

A UK appellate court has ruled that a defunct computer retailer’s follow-on damages claims against DRAM cartel members Infineon and Micron are not time-barred because the company entered administration before the cartel’s existence became public.

15 April 2021

Community round-up: Euclid Law hires from Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has lost a senior solicitor to Euclid Law in London but has strengthened its partnership with a promotion, while Stephenson Harwood has hired from White & Case and firms have promoted in Brussels, Paris and India.

14 April 2021

UK waves through Virgin Media/O2 joint venture

The UK’s competition enforcer has provisionally cleared the €31 billion joint venture between mobile network operator O2 and telecommunications provider Virgin Media after a fast-tracked Phase II investigation.

14 April 2021

Liebherr agrees to remedy online sales discrimination in Germany

Household appliance manufacturer Liebherr-Hausgeräte Vertriebs has agreed to remove certain quality requirements from its agreements with distributors in Germany, after the national competition authority found that they disadvantage online retailers.

13 April 2021

Polish court suspends merger approval for PKN Orlen deal

A Polish court has issued an interim injunction suspending the national competition authority’s approval of PKN Orlen’s acquisition of Polska Press pending a challenge by the country’s human rights commissioner against the tie-up.

13 April 2021

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