The UK Competition Authority fines an association of undertakings for anti-competitive information exchange and pricing agreements (Consultant Eye Surgeon Partnership)

I. Background On 26 May 2013, the UK Competition Authority (the OFT at the time), received a complaint alleging concerns that Consultant Eye Surgeon Limited Liability Partnerships (“LLPs”), via their membership association CESP Limited (“CESP Ltd”), were agreeing prices and sharing prices and non-pricing information between themselves rather than acting as independent bodies and competing with each other. A formal investigation was opened on 17 July 2014 by the UK’s National Competition Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority (“the CMA”) which conducted a without notice site inspection at CESP Ltd’s premises. The CMA also sent information requests (Section 26 notices) to all the LLPs, to CESP Ltd and to a number of Private Medical Insurance providers (“PMI providers”) and also

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Jean-François Guillardeau, Sue Aspinall, The UK Competition Authority fines an association of undertakings for anti-competitive information exchange and pricing agreements (Consultant Eye Surgeon Partnership), 5 August 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin Exchange of information in associations of undertakings, Art. N° 78284

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