On 26 May 2022, the Italian Council of State (the “Court”) upheld the appeals filed by a number of companies that had been sanctioned in 2018 by the Italian Competition Authority ("Authority" or "AGCM") for bid-rigging practices in connection with their participation in public tenders for the award of private security services (AGCM proceeding I/821; Council of State Judgements no. 8399-8400-8503-8504-8505/2022). The Council of State annulled the fines on procedural grounds, ruling on the time-limit by which the AGCM is required to start the investigation once it has full knowledge of the competition infringement and of its effects. The case originated from third-party complaints received by the Authority between April and May 2015, which had signaled potentially anti-competitive
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