Region: Spain

Spanish rail cartel fine raises procedural questions

Spain’s competition authority has fined 15 electrical component manufacturers including Alstom and Siemens €118 million for rigging bids in the railway infrastructure sector, but a dissenting opinion criticised the enforcer for being too lenient when imposing fines on large companies.

27 March 2019

Spanish Supreme Court annuls authority dawn raid

The scope of a dawn raid order that Spain’s antitrust enforcer used to obtain documents was too broad, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled in annulling an infringement decision.

15 March 2019

Garrido hires from Gibson Dunn

Pablo Figueroa has left Gibson Dunn & Crutcher after eight years in Brussels to launch Garrido’s competition practice in Madrid.

05 March 2019

Spain launches major consultancy probe

Spain’s competition authority has begun investigating Deloitte, PwC and 23 other consultancy firms and their parents for allegedly rigging bids in public and private tenders, in a probe that one lawyer said could become “a landmark case”.

14 February 2019

Spanish enforcer probes nuclear medicine

Spain’s antitrust enforcer is investigating an alleged cartel between two nuclear imaging companies, while also examining if one of them abused its dominant position in the radiopharmaceuticals market.

13 February 2019

EU owes interest on overturned fine, General Court rules

The General Court of the European Union has ruled that the European Commission must pay envelope maker Printeos more than €180,000 in interest on a cartel fine that the authority refunded after the court found the enforcer had infringed due process.

12 February 2019

Trucks claims worth over €700 million filed in Spain

Spanish law firm Caamaño Concheiro & Seoane has begun filing thousands of claims in the Spanish courts, seeking follow-on damages as a result of the European trucks cartel.

01 February 2019

Spanish enforcer suffers another loss

Spain’s highest court has upheld a decision annulling €120 million in fines on Orange, Vodafone and Telefónica, marking the second major cancellation of a multimillion-euro antitrust sanction by the nation’s courts in less than a week.

16 January 2019

Procedure trips up Spanish enforcer again

A Spanish court has annulled a €57 million cartel fine because the national competition authority’s investigation exceeded the maximum allowed duration by five days.

14 January 2019

Spanish enforcer returns to spoiled milk probe

Spain’s competition authority will reopen an investigation into an alleged cartel in the dairy market, after a national court overturned the enforcer’s original €88 million fine last year because of a due process error.

11 January 2019

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