Topic: Hub and spoke

Turkey hits Coca-Cola, Haribo with hub-and-spoke fines

Turkey’s Competition Authority has fined 13 major food and beverage companies over €44 million for both a hub-and-spoke cartel and resale price maintenance, while five supermarket chains escaped penalties under double jeopardy rules.

03 January 2023

China punishes civil explosives cartel under legacy antitrust law

China’s antitrust agency has penalised three civil explosives manufacturers, an exclusive distributor and a trade association more than €7.1 million for participating in a cartel that included horizontal collusion and resale price maintenance.

20 December 2022

Indian parliament proposes major changes to antitrust reform legislation

An Indian parliamentary committee has suggested a suite of changes to proposed amendments to the country’s competition law, including forcing the antitrust watchdog to conduct an effects test for all abuse of dominance cases.

14 December 2022

DOJ “properly defined” hub-and-spoke no-poach market, court rules

The Antitrust Division did not violate the defence rights of six individuals it has charged with orchestrating a conspiracy through Pratt & Whitney not to hire each other’s aerospace engineers, a federal court has ruled.

06 December 2022

Norway books publishers for nine-year cartel

Norway’s antitrust watchdog has fined the country’s four largest book publishers a combined €52 million for colluding to exchange information through an online library and bookstore information database.

29 November 2022

Supermarkets hit with eighth hub-and-spoke infringement decision in Portugal

The Portuguese Competition Authority has fined three supermarket chains, a cosmetics manufacturer and one of its managers a total of €19.4 million in its latest hub-and-spoke decision involving the grocery sector, as Auchan continues to deny its role in the cartels.

21 June 2022

Portugal punishes Unilever in seventh hub-and-spoke decision

The Portuguese Competition Authority has fined consumer goods manufacturer Unilever and four supermarket chains a combined €132 million in its latest infringement decision involving hub-and-spoke arrangements in the retail sector, bringing the total fines to over €645 million.

09 June 2022

Illinois AG brings no-poach case against staffing companies

The attorney general of Illinois has accused a beauty products manufacturer of orchestrating an illegal hub-and-spoke no-poach conspiracy amongst six temporary staffing agencies.

07 June 2022

Peru fines supermarkets for fixing turkey prices over Christmas

Peru’s competition authority has fined four supermarkets and a poultry supplier a combined €4.25 million, after they colluded to fix the price of whole turkeys sold over the Christmas period for seven years.

27 April 2022

Portugal hits grocery sector with more hub-and-spoke fines

The Portuguese Competition Authority has fined four supermarket chains, a soft drink supplier and two of the latter’s managers over €79 million in its latest decision to punish a hub-and-spoke arrangement in the retail food and drink sector.

31 March 2022

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