Work Area: Cartels

Argentina imposes rare structural remedy on nightclub cartel

Argentina’s antitrust watchdog has issued a rare decision to break up a nightclub operator while imposing €1.4 million in fines on a cartel that fixed prices and divided a local discotheque market.

02 December 2022

Consumer association and claims foundation left empty-handed as cartel damages claims ruled inadmissible by Dutch district court

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Judges have backed Philips’ argument that claims by a consumer association and claims foundation following the EU cathode-ray cartel decision lack standing, holding that declaratory judgments would provide no additional value.

02 December 2022

DOJ secures plea deal from Kentucky farmland bid-riggers

Two real estate professionals have pleaded guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to rig bids for farmland and timber real estate in Kentucky, hours before the charges were set to go to trial.

01 December 2022

Austria’s top court follows ECJ ruling to dismiss double jeopardy concerns in sugar cartel

Austria's Supreme Court has applied a European Court of Justice preliminary ruling on double jeopardy to find that Südzucker should face fines for a cartel agreement despite already being punished for the conduct in Germany.

30 November 2022

Belgium targets DPG Media in rare bid-rigging case

The Belgian Competition Authority has raided DPG Media and a press distributor over suspicions that they colluded to rig a government tender for the nationwide delivery of newspapers and magazines.

30 November 2022

CAT orders first communications ban in ro-ro class action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has banned direct communications between defendants and class members in a roll-on, roll-off collective claim upon finding it was “not proper conduct” for Baker Botts and Steptoe & Johnson to write letters urging businesses to withdraw from the lawsuit.

29 November 2022

Australia issues longest criminal sentence for cartel conduct

An Australian court has sentenced a former manager at an active pharmaceutical ingredient producer to almost three years in jail for his role in a criminal cartel, although he will not actually see the inside of a cell.

29 November 2022

EU fines chemical buyers €157 million for purchasing cartel

The European Commission has fined five buyers of styrene monomer a combined €157 million after they admitted to colluding on purchase price negotiations and exchanging sensitive commercial information.

29 November 2022

Norway books publishers for nine-year cartel

Norway’s antitrust watchdog has fined the country’s four largest book publishers a combined €52 million for colluding to exchange information through an online library and bookstore information database.

29 November 2022

DOJ’s procurement focus showing dividends, practitioners say

Three years after its creation, the Department of Justice’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force has established a commitment to stomping out bid-rigging affecting contracts across the US government, several lawyers have said.

29 November 2022

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