Topic: Price fixing

Austria seeks significant fines and expands largest-ever cartel probe

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has asked the country’s specialist competition court to fine two construction companies for taking part in a wide-ranging cartel, while also accusing two more businesses of participating in the conspiracy.

28 October 2022

DOJ secures no-poach sentencing

A Nevada federal court has ordered a local healthcare staffing company to pay $134,000 for participating in a conspiracy not to hire employees from two rivals.

28 October 2022

Mexico breaks up bus cartel

Mexico’s Federal Economic Competition Commission has fined 18 bus companies and 31 of their executives approximately €61 million for fixing prices and dividing the market in what is thought to be its highest ever cartel fine.

26 October 2022

Former waste management chief exec pleads guilty to Australian criminal cartel charges

The former head of a waste management company has admitted to criminally aiding and abetting the fixing of prices for demolition waste services in Sydney.

25 October 2022

Poland issues first no-poach infringement decision

Poland’s competition authority has fined the country’s top men’s basketball league and its 16 clubs for illegally colluding to terminate players’ contracts and withhold their wages in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

24 October 2022

Sweden hands down first penalties with new fining powers

Sweden’s Competition Authority has issued its first fines since it was given decision-making powers in March 2021, sanctioning two taxi companies for colluding to rig a tender to supply a small town with transport services.

24 October 2022

DOJ fails to secure any chicken convictions

The Department of Justice has dismissed its case against the final two executives it had accused of conspiring to fix prices for chickens after the presiding court signalled it would not allow the government to present most of its evidence.

18 October 2022

French court slashes compote cartel fines

A French appellate court has reduced fines imposed by the country’s antitrust watchdog on a fruit compote cartel by roughly €26.6 million, finding the infringement ended sooner than the authority alleged and the penalties were disproportionate to the seriousness of the conduct.

10 October 2022

KFTC punishes recycling trade association for fixing prices

Korea’s competition watchdog has sanctioned a recycling trade association for dictating what its members could charge for disposing of domestic food waste.

10 October 2022

French court cuts record €1.1 billion Apple fine

An appellate court in Paris has slashed a landmark €1.1 billion fine levied against Apple by France’s Competition Authority, reducing the penalty to €371.6 million because the agency used the wrong calculation method and failed to substantiate price-fixing allegations.

07 October 2022

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