Region: Spain

Spain fines port unions for restrictive collective bargaining agreement

Spain’s competition enforcer has fined six stevedoring unions for imposing anticompetitive hiring requirements on port stowage companies, just three days after the European Court of Justice rejected its request for a preliminary ruling on the case.

21 September 2020

Spain raids funeral insurers and service providers

Spain’s competition enforcer has raided businesses as part of a merger review for the first time, searching the offices of several companies in the funeral sector based on gun-jumping and collusion concerns.

14 September 2020

Spain investigates steel cartel

Spain’s competition authority has launched a formal investigation into 14 steel companies for allegedly exchanging information about the purchase price of scrap iron and the sales prices of steel products.

30 July 2020

Spain promises to credit compliance schemes

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has released welcome new guidance on compliance programmes and potential fine discounts, creating what lawyers say is a “real incentive” for companies to introduce truly effective internal policing schemes.

19 June 2020

Spanish court sends time limit questions to ECJ

A Spanish court has asked the European Court of Justice if the EU damages directive applies to a follow-on claim brought against members of the trucks cartel, although one lawyer has criticised its questions for being “shortsighted”.

18 June 2020

Spanish court refers Mercedes-Benz trucks case to ECJ

A Spanish court has asked the European Court of Justice to issue a preliminary ruling on whether a subsidiary can be held liable for its parent company’s conduct.

23 March 2020

Spanish court approves truck claimant’s damages calculation

A Spanish court has ruled that the EU trucks cartelists’ conduct led to an overcharge of 16.35% of the purchase price for each vehicle affected by the 14-year price-fixing scheme.

03 January 2020

Spain probes postal operator’s rebates

Spain’s competition watchdog has opened an abuse of dominance investigation into state-owned Correos for allegedly granting predatory rebates.

27 November 2019

Spain fines media companies €77 million

Spain’s competition authority has fined two national broadcasters €77.1 million for foreclosing competitors by including anticompetitive clauses in their contracts with television advertisers.

15 November 2019

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