Work Area: Cartels

EU fines producer €47.7 million over ethanol benchmark cartel

Lantmännen is set to appeal against a European Commission penalty decision for participating in a conspiracy to manipulate ethanol benchmarks.

07 December 2023

Guersent signals increased use of interim measures in conduct cases

Relying more on interim measures in non-merger cases should incentivise parties to better cooperate with the European Commission and solve conduct cases more quickly, the director-general of the EU’s competition watchdog has said.

07 December 2023

CAT resists appeals in first-ever class action settlement agreement

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has urged defendants in a roll-on, roll-off shipping class action to avoid “causing havoc” by appealing against Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores’ proposed settlement agreement.

06 December 2023

Bid-rigging reversal risks “serious blow” to DOJ, practitioners say

The Department of Justice has signalled it will appeal against an overturned bid-rigging conviction that several competition experts say may provide cartellists a get-out-of-jail-free card.

05 December 2023

GSK, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and others raided in Turkish labour market probe

Turkey’s Competition Authority has launched a sprawling investigation into 19 companies, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Panasonic, for allegedly forming no-poach agreements in the pharmaceutical sector.

01 December 2023

Experts call for rethink on Australian cartel rules

Consideration should be given to amending Australia’s cartel provisions as the current drafting makes it too hard for juries to understand and convict what are often straightforward offences, a leading judge has said.

30 November 2023

Switzerland dawn raids construction companies

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has dawn raided several construction companies operating in a northwestern state as part of another bid-rigging cartel probe.

30 November 2023

EU sends SO to car battery cartel

The European Commission has accused five companies, alongside a trade association and its service provider, of conspiring to raise the price of car starter batteries.

30 November 2023

Singapore raids construction sector

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore has raided multiple businesses in the construction industry, which local lawyers say could signal the end of a yearslong enforcement lull.

30 November 2023

French court upholds voucher cartel fines

France’s Competition Authority has successfully defended its decision to impose nearly €415 million fines on a meal voucher cartel, but at least one business has said it will appeal against the ruling.

29 November 2023

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