Work Area: Cartels

CMA issues first major cartel fines in over a year

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined 10 construction companies over £59 million for rigging bids for asbestos removal contracts worth over £150 million.

23 March 2023

Hong Kong enforcer accuses cartel of fixing covid-19 subsidy programme

Hong Kong’s Competition Commission has accused four businesses and three individuals of conspiring to rig bids for a government subsidy programme aimed at helping companies switch to remote working during the covid-19 pandemic.

23 March 2023

Top Spanish court overturns tobacco cartel raid

Spain’s Supreme Court has annulled the national antitrust enforcer’s raid on cigarette manufacturer Altadis as part of an information-sharing cartel investigation, two years after a lower court confirmed a search on another company in the same probe was lawful.

21 March 2023

EU raids Red Bull

The European Commission has raided Red Bull as part of an investigation into possible anticompetitive agreements and abuse of dominance.

21 March 2023

France sends SO to alleged air transport cartel

France’s Competition Authority has sent a statement of objections to three companies over allegations they entered into a “non-aggression pact” and undermined competition for certain flights to and from the Caribbean.

21 March 2023

Judge denies summary judgment in auto glass boycott case

A pair of auto glass wholesalers will need to prove at trial that two rivals cut off their supply through an illegal boycott, a federal New York judge has held in rejecting the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment.

21 March 2023

Nevada home health exec indicted in DOJ’s wage-fixing probe

A federal grand jury has indicted a Nevada healthcare staffing executive on one count of conspiring to fix the wages of Las Vegas nurses.

17 March 2023

Korea fines vinyl film cartel

Korea’s competition watchdog has sanctioned 11 vinyl film producers for colluding to fix the price of plastic sheeting used in greenhouses by farmers and agricultural businesses.

16 March 2023

Shipping cartelist urges CAT to combine collective and individual damages claims

Counsel to Mitsui OSK Lines has urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to combine two separate claims it is facing following its role in the international roll-on, roll-off shipping cartel, warning it could otherwise be forced to “give up” on settling them out of court.

15 March 2023

Eleventh Circuit rejects Venezuelan president’s bid to intervene in antitrust suit

Venezuela's state-owned oil company cannot advance price-fixing claims in US court because the State Department does not recognise the country’s current government, a federal appellate court has ruled.

15 March 2023

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