Work Area: Cartels

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

UEFA and FIFA score in European Super League AG opinion

FIFA and UEFA did not abuse their dominance when they banned football clubs from breaking away to form a European Super League, EU advocate general Athanasios Rantos has said.

15 December 2022

Belgium levels final accusations in first hybrid settlement case

Belgium’s Competition Authority has formally levied cartel allegations against the only wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical products that did not settle in the enforcer’s first-ever hybrid settlement case.

15 December 2022

Spain raids major oil companies

Spain’s competition enforcer has raided BP, Repsol and Cepsa over alleged anticompetitive conduct, while Greece’s Competition Commission has raided an unnamed business as part of its probe into a suspected toy cartel.

14 December 2022

Indian parliament proposes major changes to antitrust reform legislation

An Indian parliamentary committee has suggested a suite of changes to proposed amendments to the country’s competition law, including forcing the antitrust watchdog to conduct an effects test for all abuse of dominance cases.

14 December 2022

Spanish courts are not ATMs in trucks cartel claims, appellate panel says

An appellate court in Valencia has rebuked a lower court for awarding damages in a follow-on Trucks claim against AB Volvo based on a widely-accepted 5% overcharge, warning that judges are not ATMs and must demand proper evidence to support such quantifications of harm.

12 December 2022

Major steelmaker tried to induce cartel, Australian court finds

An Australian court has found that the country’s largest steelmaker attempted to induce nine businesses to enter into a cartel to fix the price of flat steel products.

09 December 2022

CMA hits BMW with maximum fine for noncooperation with cartel probe

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has fined BMW for failing to provide information in its investigation into alleged collusion in the vehicle recycling market, rejecting the manufacturer’s argument that it cannot compel production from companies based outside the UK.

08 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

DOJ: Cartel used violence to monopolise car shipping business

The Department of Justice has charged eight individuals with using kidnappings, beatings, shootings and threats to monopolise the market for forwarding used cars from the southern tip of Texas into Latin America.

07 December 2022

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