Region: Spain

Spain slaps second fine on Telefónica for merger commitments breach

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has ordered Telefónica to pay a €6 million penalty for violating the conditions of a 2015 merger agreement, six months after fining the company €5 million for breaching different commitments attached to the same deal.

10 March 2023

MLAB and Baker Botts add new partners in Europe

MLAB Abogados has rehired Robert Vallina as a partner in Madrid, while Baker Botts has promoted Adam Dawson to its partnership in Brussels and Dina Jubrail to special counsel in London.

03 March 2023

Spanish head calls for global convergence in criminal antitrust enforcement

Competition authorities across the globe should strive for a more uniform approach to criminal cartel enforcement if declining leniency numbers outside of Europe are going to be addressed, the head of Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition has said.

23 February 2023

Plaintiffs can be forced to pay costs if claims are partially successful, ECJ rules

National courts can order claimants seeking antitrust damages to pay their own costs in cases where a claim is only partially upheld, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

16 February 2023

Spain finalises compensation remedy in consumer deception case

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has agreed a remedies package with DKV after investigating whether the insurance company breached competition rules by deceiving its customers.

15 February 2023

Public health service lodges Spain’s largest-ever antitrust damages claim

A regional Spanish public healthcare provider is claiming €500 million in compensation from two adult diaper manufacturers that fixed prices for 18 years, marking the highest damages award ever sought under the country’s competition law.

10 February 2023

Spanish court awards hotel €1.1 million in hybrid antitrust lawsuit

A Spanish court has awarded a hotel group €1.1 million in a hybrid follow-on and standalone damages lawsuit seeking compensation from a media royalty collection association for charging discriminatory and excessive fees.

08 February 2023

Spanish court reinstates UEFA/FIFA injunction in European Super League dispute

A court in Madrid has reimposed an order on UEFA and FIFA that temporarily prevents them from penalising clubs or players that attempted to join the European Super League, branding their claims of protecting the European sporting model a “flimsy excuse”.

01 February 2023

Spain issues record gun jumping fine

Spain’s competition authority has issued what appears to be its largest-ever gun jumping penalty, fining the country’s fourth-largest mobile network operator €1.5 million for failing to notify its acquisition of a rival three years ago.

19 January 2023

Spain accepts rare behavioural commitments to close RPM probe

Spain’s competition authority has agreed to close its resale price maintenance probe into a domestic skincare products producer after the company voluntarily offered to set up a new discount policy for its retailers.

05 January 2023

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