Region: Italy

Italy fines petroleum shipping cartel

Italy’s Competition Authority has fined four freight transport companies and their trade association more than €1 million for fixing prices and dividing the local fuel transport market for two years.

19 January 2022

Ex-FTC official rejoins Compass Lexecon

Paolo Ramezzana has left the US Federal Trade Commission to return to Compass Lexecon as a senior vice president in Milan.

17 January 2022

Italy accepts commitments in publishing probe

Italy’s Competition Authority has closed an investigation into four publishing companies and two industry associations for imposing exclusivity clauses on promoters of books used in schools, but the agency’s probe into a fifth publisher remains open after it rejected remedies.

13 December 2021

Intent is not required in abuse cases, EU advocate general says

Proving that a dominant company intended to restrict competition does not allow antitrust enforcers to escape the burden of evidencing an actual deviation from competition on the merits that affected consumers, advocate general Athanasios Rantos has said.

09 December 2021

Italy imposes €1.13 billion abuse fine on Amazon

The Italian Competition Authority has levied its highest single fine in two decades on Amazon, after concluding that the company unlawfully provided benefits to sellers on its online marketplace who also signed up for its logistics service.

09 December 2021

Italy may use special powers to intervene in KKR’s Telecom Italia bid

The Italian government will reportedly scrutinise US-based investment company KKR’s bid to takeover Telecom Italia and could invoke a special oversight power that allows it to limit or block deals involving strategic assets.

06 December 2021

Italy considers interim measures to remedy waste disposal “emergency”

The Italian Competition Authority has raided a waste management company on suspicion of abuse of dominance, while also seeking interim measures to prevent irreparable damage to the market amidst a waste disposal crisis.

02 December 2021

G7 report urges coordinated global response to Big Tech

A report published by antitrust chiefs from the G7 nations and four guest countries has highlighted the historic global underenforcement of digital mergers and the importance of understanding new technologies to combat harm to competition earlier.

29 November 2021

Italy fines Amazon and Apple for anticompetitive agreement

The Italian Competition Authority has imposed more than €200 million in fines on Amazon and Apple for restricting unauthorised third-parties from selling the latter's products on Amazon’s Marketplace platform.

23 November 2021

Italian agency substantially cuts abuse fine after court ruling

The Italian Competition Authority has slashed an abuse of dominance fine it levied on a shipping transportation company from €29 million to €1 million after a first-instance court quashed half of the agency’s original infringement decision.

22 November 2021

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