Region: Spain

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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06 November 2019

Spain investigates Hollywood film studios again

Spain's competition authority has launched an investigation into six Hollywood film studios and their subsidiaries – including Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures – for allegedly “harmonising commercial policies”.

24 October 2019

Spain investigates banks over ATM collusion

Spain’s competition authority is investigating several banks for allegedly excluding rivals from access to a network of automated teller machines.

02 October 2019

Spanish court overturns fines on Hyundai dealers

A Spanish court has overturned fines on several Hyundai dealerships for participating in a price-fixing cartel, but upheld fines levied on Toyota dealers for the same infringement.

16 July 2019

Spanish authority reimposes fines on dairy companies

Spain’s competition authority has fined eight dairy companies and two regional associations €80.6 million for engaging in anticompetitive information exchange, after Spain’s Supreme Court had thrown out its original infringement decision.

15 July 2019

Spanish enforcer accuses Telefónica of breaking merger commitment

Telefónica overcharged rival operators for wholesale access to a premium sports channel, breaking commitments agreed when it bought competitor Distribuidora de Television Digital in 2015, Spain’s competition authority has said.

21 June 2019

Spain raids drugmaker for exclusionary tactics

Spain’s competition authority has raided the headquarters of a pharmaceutical company over concerns that it abused its dominant position in the market for immunosuppressive drugs.

26 April 2019

Spain smokes out tobacco information sharing

Spain’s competition authority has fined three tobacco companies and a distributor €57.1 million for agreeing to share real-time sales data – in the agency’s first use of an effects-based analysis for information exchange.

15 April 2019

Telefónica beats enforcer at Spanish Supreme Court

Spain’s highest court has upheld a decision annulling a €25.8 million fine imposed by the country’s competition authority on Telefónica in 2014, while criticising the enforcer’s failure to analyse market effects.

28 March 2019

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