Region: Netherlands

Dutch enforcer hits cigarette cartel with €82 million fine

The Dutch competition authority has fined four cigarette manufacturers over €82 million for exchanging information about the future prices of cigarettes.

29 September 2020

Dutch enforcer raids home furnishing companies

The Dutch competition watchdog has raided several unnamed companies in the home furnishings sector over suspected horizontal price fixing and resale price maintenance, in its first inspection since suspending office searches in March.

18 September 2020

Dutch enforcer ends lengthy healthcare probe with divestments

The Netherlands’ competition authority has conditionally cleared a merger between a pair of elderly care home providers following an extensive in-depth probe, two weeks after a similar deal was abandoned over the length of the enforcer’s review.

12 August 2020

Dutch enforcer taking “leading role” on sustainability, lawyers say

Competition lawyers say new draft guidelines from the Dutch competition enforcer on sustainability agreements are flexible and innovative, but some have concerns that it could “open the door” for cartels.

10 July 2020

Dutch authority proposes sustainability agreement guidelines

The Dutch antitrust watchdog has issued new draft guidelines on how it intends to evaluate sustainability agreements, which would permit otherwise anticompetitive collaboration if the environmental benefits for society outweigh potential harm.

09 July 2020

Dutch court intervenes in postal merger

A Dutch court has reversed a precedent-setting government decision to overturn a merger block by the national competition authority, which tried to prevent incumbent PostNL from acquiring its rival Sandd.

17 June 2020

Dutch court dismisses private abuse of dominance appeal

A Dutch court has rejected an abuse of dominance complaint against an online real estate portal, in a decision that one lawyer said will set an almost insurmountable bar for the standard of proof in standalone damages claims.

27 May 2020

Dutch enforcer conditionally clears travel app deal

The Dutch competition authority has approved a travel app joint venture between the incumbent rail operator and another transport company, subject to a commitment that they offer their existing services to rival app developers on the same conditions.

21 May 2020

Netherlands ends postal abuse probe after parties merge

The Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers and Markets has terminated an abuse of dominance investigation into PostNL because the structure of the postal market “fundamentally changed” after it acquired the company that complained about its conduct.

01 May 2020

Dutch court refers air cargo follow-on claim to ECJ

A Dutch court has asked the European Court of Justice to clarify whether claimants can seek compensation for alleged anticompetitive conduct that took place before new EU competition rules came into effect in 2004.

26 March 2020

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