Topic: Leniency

Poland hits Kärcher with €5.5 million RPM fine

Poland’s competition enforcer has fined a cleaning equipment manufacturer €5.5 million for imposing minimum resale prices on its distributors, in a decision that the leniency applicant is likely to challenge even though it secured a substantial discount on the penalty.

11 January 2023

Mixed reactions to EU whistleblower tool expansion

EU competition lawyers have said the European Commission’s decision to expand the scope of its antitrust whistleblower tool to include merger infringements and state aid violations could allow the agency to focus more resources on cartel detection.

10 January 2023

Belgium levels final accusations in first hybrid settlement case

Belgium’s Competition Authority has formally levied cartel allegations against the only wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical products that did not settle in the enforcer’s first-ever hybrid settlement case.

15 December 2022

EU sends SO to banks in third bond cartel probe after settlement talks fail

The European Commission has accused Deutsche Bank and Rabobank of exchanging commercially sensitive information and coordinating the prices of several Euro-dominated bonds for 11 years after settlement negotiations broke down.

06 December 2022

EU fines chemical buyers €157 million for purchasing cartel

The European Commission has fined five buyers of styrene monomer a combined €157 million after they admitted to colluding on purchase price negotiations and exchanging sensitive commercial information.

29 November 2022

Korean leniency applications directly affected by US decline, lawyer says

A widely-reported decline in US leniency applications has had a “huge impact” on the number of companies reporting cartel conduct to Korea’s Fair Trade Commission, a local lawyer has said.

02 November 2022

ECN+ has brought influx of leniency applications in Italy, official says

Italy’s Competition Authority has witnessed a surge in leniency applications following the transposition of the ECN+ directive, which is likely due to the introduction of criminal immunity, a commissioner at the agency has said.

22 September 2022

Hong Kong revises leniency policy in bid to stimulate applications

Hong Kong’s antitrust watchdog has opened up the possibility of leniency for individuals who first report a cartel or provide “substantial assistance” in an ongoing case, even if a company has already secured leniency in the same matter.

08 September 2022

Germany’s highest court ends damages claim against enforcer

Germany's highest court has refused to hear agricultural trading company BayWa’s €73 million damages claim against the national competition authority for purportedly breaching its rights by allowing its rivals to avoid cartel fines through leniency.

11 July 2022

German policy adviser supports break-up orders absent antitrust infringement

Germany’s Monopolies Commission has supported proposals to empower the country’s competition authority to break up companies without first finding an infringement of competition law.

05 July 2022

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