Region: Hong Kong

Hong Kong tribunal hands resounding win to Shell and rival in cartel case

Hong Kong’s specialist competition court has found that an aluminium manufacturer failed to prove at trial that Shell and a rival fuel supplier colluded to fix prices, while criticising the plaintiff for engaging in a “fishing” expedition.

13 October 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

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

Hong Kong issues guidance on trade associations

Hong Kong’s antitrust authority has warned that overly strict membership criteria for trade associations can be “especially damaging” to individuals or businesses and run afoul of the territory’s competition rules.

03 August 2021

Pricing anomalies demonstrate Shell collusion, Hong Kong court hears

Counsel to an aluminium manufacturer accusing Shell and a rival fuel provider of colluding to fix diesel prices argued that several pricing anomalies are evidence that an illegal agreement was in place.

29 July 2021

Shell accuser admits uncertainties around collusion allegations

The only witness for an aluminium manufacturer accusing Shell and a rival fuel provider of colluding to fix fuel prices said she does not know whether collusion took place and accepted the possibility that pricing decisions were made independently.

28 July 2021

Hong Kong cartel claims lack evidence, Shell and Sinopec dealer argue

Shell and a rival fuel provider have urged a Hong Kong court to throw out an aluminium manufacturer’s collusion claim because the company is unable to rebut the argument that pricing similarities were the result of independent but parallel conduct.

27 July 2021

Hong Kong judge refuses to split Shell trial for second time

An aluminium manufacturer accusing Shell and another fuel supplier of collusion in Hong Kong has had its request to split its upcoming trial into separate liability and quantum proceedings denied.

08 June 2021

Hong Kong enforcer appoints new chief executive

Rasul Butt, a senior executive director at Hong Kong’s Competition Commission, will begin a three-year term as the agency’s chief executive on Monday.

30 April 2021

Hong Kong secures commitments from hotel groups in cartel probe

Hong Kong’s competition watchdog has accepted commitments from six hotel groups and a tour operator after they admitted facilitating a conspiracy to fix prices for tickets to tourist attractions.

17 February 2021

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