Topic: Market sharing

South Africa seeks toughest penalty in face mask cartel probe

South Africa’s antitrust watchdog has asked the country’s specialist competition tribunal to impose the harshest possible fines on two personal protective equipment suppliers that it says fixed prices and divided the market during the height of the covid-19 pandemic.

27 January 2023

Tim Wu: the exit interview

Tim Wu stepped down as President Biden’s primary antitrust advisor earlier this month after two years in the role. The Columbia Law School professor spoke to GCR USA about the “plague” of non-competes, why technology-focused antitrust legislation failed to reach the finish line during his tenure and how the White House took on a bigger role in competition policy while maintaining the independence of the US antitrust agencies.

24 January 2023

Top Italian court orders enforcer to slash cardboard cartel fines

Italy’s top administrative court has ruled that the country’s antitrust enforcer made substantive calculation errors when fining four companies a combined €20 million for their roles in two separate national corrugated cardboard cartels.

20 January 2023

Portugal alleges coronavirus testing cartel

The Portuguese Competition Authority has levelled price-fixing, market-sharing and no-poach accusations at seven of the country’s largest medical laboratories and a national lab association relating to the provision of covid-19 tests.

16 December 2022

Market definition in CMA’s hydrocortisone decision “makes no sense”, drugmaker claims

The market definition used by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority when fining Auden McKenzie for excessive pricing wrongly excluded a competitor’s more expensive substitute product, counsel to the sanctioned drugmaker has claimed.

14 December 2022

General Court upholds readopted food packaging cartel fine

The EU’s General Court has rejected a food packaging consortium’s appeal against a readopted €9.4 million fine for its subsidiary’s involvement in three cartels, ruling that the group failed to prove that its business was at risk of collapsing and unable to pay the penalty.

07 December 2022

First Norwegian antitrust class action heads to top court

Norway’s Supreme Court will decide whether to allow a consumer association to act as the class representative in the country’s first-ever antitrust class action against a home alarm cartel, after two lower courts rejected the claim over its funding.

02 December 2022

Argentina imposes rare structural remedy on nightclub cartel

Argentina’s antitrust watchdog has issued a rare decision to break up a nightclub operator while imposing €1.4 million in fines on a cartel that fixed prices and divided a local discotheque market.

02 December 2022

Austria’s top court follows ECJ ruling to dismiss double jeopardy concerns in sugar cartel

Austria's Supreme Court has applied a European Court of Justice preliminary ruling on double jeopardy to find that Südzucker should face fines for a cartel agreement despite already being punished for the conduct in Germany.

30 November 2022

Japan expected to impose record cartel fines on electricity utilities

Japan’s antitrust watchdog is reportedly gearing up to impose its highest-ever cartel fines on three electric utility companies that allegedly agreed not to compete with each other after the country’s electricity market was deregulated in 2016.

28 November 2022

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