Topic: Margin squeeze

AG Collins backs EU enforcer in “default interest” dispute

Deutsche Telekom’s bid to force the European Commission to pay €1.75 million in compensatory interest on a fine that was partially annulled by the General Court is unnecessarily punitive, an advisor to the European Court of Justice has said.

23 November 2023

Italy raids Enel over e-vehicle chargepoint margin squeeze claims

The Italian Competition Authority has raided Enel and several of its subsidiaries over allegations that it is excluding competitors from the country’s electric vehicle charging market by implementing an illegal margin squeeze strategy.

14 April 2023

Bulgaria hits Lukoil with record antitrust fine

Bulgaria’s antitrust watchdog has issued its highest-ever sanction, fining one of the world’s largest oil companies €34.6 million for operating an illegal margin squeeze strategy in the wholesale motor fuel market.

20 February 2023

Korean court issues first margin squeeze infringement ruling

The Seoul High Court has dismissed an appeal brought by two telecommunication companies accused of implementing an illegal margin squeeze conspiracy – marking the first ruling in Korea that explicitly states the conduct amounts to an abuse of dominance.

17 January 2023

Bulgaria accuses Lukoil of margin squeeze in motor fuel market

Bulgaria’s antitrust watchdog has alleged that Lukoil Bulgaria abused its dominance by operating a margin squeeze in the wholesale motor fuel market, less than a year after accusing the oil company of unlawfully restricting fuel imports.

30 September 2022

UK Supreme Court rejects Royal Mail abuse of dominance appeal

The UK’s top court has refused to hear Royal Mail’s appeal against a decision upholding its £50 million abuse of dominance fine from the country’s communications regulator, ending the hotly-contested saga over the agency’s largest-ever antitrust penalty.

20 June 2022

EFTA court upholds regional enforcer’s largest-ever fine

The European Free Trade Association Court has upheld a €112 million fine that the region’s competition authority imposed on Telenor for abusing its dominance in the wholesale mobile broadband market.

09 May 2022

Italian court overturns TIM’s €3.7 million margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has annulled the national antitrust authority’s €3.7 million penalty to Telecom Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, seven months after overturning an even larger fine on Vodafone Italia for the same conduct.

13 April 2022

Spain sanctions Correos again for offering exclusive discounts

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has fined the country’s incumbent postal service €32.6 million for unlawfully offering exclusive discounts to its corporate customers, four years after the Supreme Court overturned a smaller fine against the company for similar conduct.

24 February 2022

EU committed ‘serious breach’ by withholding default interest, General Court rules

The EU’s General Court has ordered the European Commission to pay Deutsche Telekom €1.75 million in compensation after the enforcer refused to pay the company default interest when its margin squeeze fine was slashed by €12 million.

19 January 2022

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