Work Area: Cartels

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

Swiss court annuls and slashes fines in “unconstitutional” air cargo decision

A Swiss court has overturned and reduced fines on eight airlines for their alleged involvement in the global air cargo cartel, while ruling that the agency’s decision to stop them exchanging air freight information was “unconstitutional”.

19 January 2023

Latvia fines bid-rigging bus cartel

Latvia’s Competition Council has fined three public transport companies almost €2 million for rigging state tenders to win the rights to service 16 regionally important bus routes for a decade.

19 January 2023

Canadian enforcer urged to investigate flag carrier over route closures

A local business association has accused Air Canada of unlawfully terminating passenger flight services on a key national route in breach of the country’s competition rules.

18 January 2023

JFTC consults on draft sustainability guidelines

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has published draft guidance on how it will treat sustainability initiatives under the country’s antitrust law, clarifying collaboration agreements that will raise competition concerns and green objectives that require more research.

17 January 2023

Argentina fines pay-TV companies for discriminatory access conditions

Argentina’s economy ministry has sanctioned two pay-TV companies owned by Grupo Clarín for preventing an América Móvil subsidiary from offering bundled services to consumers in the country’s capital and several other cities.

17 January 2023

Norwegian government signals supermarket price-fixing concerns

Norway’s trade minister reportedly wants the country’s competition watchdog to check whether supermarket chains have colluded to raise prices by announcing planned hikes through local media.

13 January 2023

ECJ sides with General Court in dismissing HSBC’s Euribor appeal

The EU’s General Court was right to largely reject HSBC’s appeal against the substance of the European Commission’s Euro Interbank Offered Rate cartel decision, although it failed to properly assess the company's presumption of innocence claims, the bloc’s highest court has ruled.

12 January 2023

Kathleen Foote: the exit interview

Kathleen Foote recently stepped down after two decades as California’s top antitrust enforcer. In a conversation with GCR USA, she discussed highlights of her 35-plus years of service for the Golden State – in which she helped cement the independence of state attorneys general and develop the Cartwright Act – and busted some misconceptions about state enforcement.

12 January 2023

Chilean tribunal blocks cartel settlement over counsel’s court statement

Chile’s competition tribunal has rejected a cartel settlement between the national competition authority and a group of taxi stations because one of the operators subsequently denounced his involvement despite admitting to it before the enforcer.

11 January 2023

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