Latest Special issue: Cartel settlements

Anticompetitive practices

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholds the FTC’s decision in the first fully litigated reverse payment decision against generic pharmaceutical companies (Endo / Impax)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
On April 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the Federal Trade Commission’s decision that Impax Laboratories entered an anticompetitive “reverse payment” settlement with Endo Pharmaceuticals. This case was the FTC’s first fully litigated reverse payment case since the (...)

The EU Court of Justice reduces fine imposed on a company in the steel abrasives cartel case (Pometon)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 18 March 2021, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) delivered its judgment in Pometon SpA v European Commission (Case C-440/19) in connection with the Steel Abrasives cartel case. In its judgment, the ECJ partially upheld the appeal in so far as it found that the General Court had breached (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority agrees to a conventional settlement of the disciplinary proceedings for competition law infringement in the mooring and unmooring sector (Amarres de Algeciras)
Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)
The CNMC settles the disciplinary proceedings against Amarres de Algeciras* It was investigating a sector agreement that could have restricted the freedom to hire of new mooring companies in the Port of Algeciras. The case is settled without a fine, since the conditions presented by the (...)

The Czech Competition Authority sanctions a bid-rigging agreement on projecting high-speed rails (Sudop / VUZ)
Bird & Bird (Prague)
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Bird & Bird (Prague)
Leniency programmes and settlement procedures are commonly used by the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition (“Office”). The leniency programme was used as a “soft law” by the Office since 2001 to promote discovery of unlawful horizontal agreements. As for the settlement procedure, it (...)

The EU Commission fines a PC gaming platform operator and five video game publishers €7.8 million for geo-blocking practices (Valve / Bandai Namco / Capcom / Focus Home / Koch Media / ZeniMax)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 20 January 2021, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced that it had fined the US company Valve, owner of the popular online PC gaming platform “Steam” (“Steam”), and five publishers of video games (Capcom, Bandai Namco, Koch Media, Focus Home Interactive and ZeniMax Media) a total of (...)

The EU Court of Justice upholds the General Court’s ruling on the EU Commission’s duty to pay default interest on reimbursed fines (Printeos)
Ashurst (Brussels)
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Ashurst (Brussels)
On 20 January 2021 the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") upheld the General Court’s ruling on the European Commission’s duty to pay default interest on reimbursed fines as a form of restitutio in integrum, clarifying the rate to be applied and that late payment of interest will itself incur (...)

The EU Commission fines €7.8 billion six video games manufacturers for geo-blocking practices (Valve / Bandai Namco / Capcom / Focus Home / Koch Media / ZeniMax)
Portolano Cavallo (Milan)
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Portolano Cavallo (Milan)
Over the course of less than two months, in late 2020 and early 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Commission (Commission) issued two decisions with diametrically opposed effects on the licensing and business model of copyrighted content across the EEA. (...)

The EU Commission fines a PC gaming platform and its publishers for geo-blocking practices (Valve / Bandai Namco / Capcom / Focus Home / Koch Media / ZeniMax)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
On January 20, 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) fined Valve and PC video games publishers €7.8 million for restricting cross-border sales of PC video games within the EEA. Video games publishers requested Valve, owner of the PC video gaming platform Steam, to provide geo-blocked (...)

The German Competition Authority fines gully tops and manhole covers manufacturers for agreements on prices and rebates (MeierGuss Sales & Logistics / KG)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Manufacturers of manhole covers and gully tops fined for price-fixing* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling around 6 million euros on two manufacturers of manhole covers and gully tops and their representatives for agreements on prices and rebates and an agreement to carve up two (...)

The German Competition Authority fines manufacturers of manhole covers €6 million for price-fixing (MeierGuss Sales & Logistics / KG)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 January 2021, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) announced that it had fined two manufacturers of manhole covers approximately € 6 million for price-fixing and coordinating their respective offers for two large contracts. The companies manufacture products such as manhole covers and (...)

The Czech Competition Authority imposes fines for IT cartel agreement (Autocont / Tesco / Asseco Central Europe)
Czech Competition Authority (Brno)
Office imposed fines for IT cartel agreement in total amount of CSK 75 million* By its first-instance decision of 7 December 2020, the Office for the Protection of Competition imposed fines in the total amount of CZK 74,622,000 on AUTOCONT a.s., TESCO SW a.s., ICZ a.s., MERIT GROUP a.s., (...)

The EU Court of Justice overturns a decision and declares a settlement between a company in the pay-TV service and the Commission null and void (Paramount / Sky / Groupe Canal+)
Hogan Lovells (Dusseldorf)
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Hogan Lovells (Dusseldorf)
Settlements are a frequently used means of efficiently terminating proceedings, not only in cartel cases but also in other antitrust proceedings. The EU Commission can avoid having to spend resources on a time-consuming investigation and there are advantages for the companies concerned as well: (...)

The US DoJ files a case and simultaneous settlement requiring an association to repeal and modify certain rules to provide transparency (National Association of Realtors)
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
Justice Department Files Antitrust Case and Simultaneous Settlement Requiring National Association of Realtors® To Repeal and Modify Certain Anticompetitive Rules* Settlement Will Increase Competition to the Benefit of American Homeowners and Homebuyers and Allow for Innovation in Brokerage (...)

The UK Competition Authority issues fines of over £9 million for roofing lead cartel (Associated Lead Mills / BLM British Lead)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA issues fines of over £9m for roofing lead cartel* The CMA has imposed fines totalling more than £9m on 2 of the UK’s largest suppliers of rolled lead, for breaking competition law. Following an investigation into suspected cartel conduct, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found (...)

The UK Competition Authority fines two suppliers of rolled lead for entering into anticompetitive arrangements (Associated Lead Mills / BLM British Lead)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 4 November 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) imposed fines totalling £9.5 million on two of the UK’s largest rolled lead suppliers for their role in a roofing lead cartel. The CMA fined Associated Lead Mills Ltd and H.J. Enthoven Ltd (trading as BLM British Lead) £1.5 (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority welcomes the Competition Tribunal’s judgment against an IT cartel for price-fixing in the first case where the liability and relief portions of the proceedings have been resolved by settlement (Quantr / Cheung Man Kit / Nintex)
Hong Kong Competition Commission
Competition Commission welcomes judgment in IT cartel conduct case* The Competition Commission (Commission) welcomes the judgment handed down by the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) today (3 November) in proceedings involving the exchange of competitively sensitive information in the IT sector. (...)

The EU Commission fines car parts suppliers €18 million in cartel settlement in the market for closure systems for cars (Brose / Kiekert / Magna)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines car parts suppliers of € 18 million in cartel settlement* The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of € 18 million for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars in the European Economic Area (EEA). Magna was not (...)

The Danish Competition Authority fines a design company for dictating prices (GUBI)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Design company pays fine of DKK 6 million for dictating prices* GUBI A/S, a Danish design company within furniture and lighting, has entered into a settlement and accepted to pay a fine of DKK 6 million for infringing the Danish Competition Act. The company contacted the authorities on the (...)

The Australian Competition Authority secures a first-ever individual guilty plea for obstructing a cartel investigation from the infringing company’s general manager (BlueScope Steel)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Ex BlueScope GM Jason Ellis pleads guilty to obstructing cartel investigation* Jason Ellis, a former general manager of sales and marketing at BlueScope Steel Limited (BlueScope), has today entered a guilty plea in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court to one charge of inciting the obstruction of (...)

The New Zealand Competition Authority reaches a settlement in equine air freight price-fixing proceeding (IRT Partnership)
New Zealand Commerce Commission (Wellington)
Settlement reached in equine air freight price-fixing proceeding* A settlement has been reached with the International Racehorse Transport New Zealand Partnership (IRT Partnership) in a price fixing case arising from an arrangement between IRT Partnership and its competitor for the provision (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority fines two furniture companies for bid-rigging a public hospital’s tender but reduces their fines for cooperation in the case (Papanastasiou / Pichas)
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
Decision on the ex-officio investigation in the furniture and professional equipment market (703/2020)* The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC), in plenary, adopted a unanimous decision following the simplified Settlement Procedure according to article 25a of Law 3959/2011 and Decision no. (...)

The EU Commission fines ethylene purchasers €260 million in a cartel settlement (Orbia / Clariant / Calanese / Westlake)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 July 2020, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced that it had adopted a decision fin‐ ing three ethylene purchasers a total of € 260,443,000. The companies concerned namely, Orbia (Mexico), Clari‐ ant (Switzerland), Calanese (United States) and Westlake (United States), were (...)

The EU Commission fines ethylene purchasers for having colluded and exchanged information on purchase prices (Orbia / Clariant / Celanese / Westlake)
Ashurst (Brussels)
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Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
Fines for ethylene purchasing cartel On 14 July 2020, the European Commission ("Commission") fined ethylene purchasers Orbia, Clariant and Celanese EUR 260 million for having colluded and exchanged information on purchase prices on the ethylene merchant market with a fourth participant, (...)

The EU Commission fines ethylene purchasers in the chemical industry for participating in a cartel aimed at purchasing a product at the lowest possible price (Orbia / Clariant / Celanese / Westlake)
Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
On 22 January 2021, the European Commission published a non-confidential version of its decision to fine ethylene purchasers Orbia, Clariant and Celanese a total of EUR 260 million for participating in a cartel aimed at purchasing ethylene at the lowest possible price, to the detriment of (...)

The EU Commission fines ethylene purchasers €260 million in cartel settlement for colluding to buy at the lowest possible price (Orbia / Clariant / Celanese / Westlake)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines ethylene purchasers € 260 million in cartel settlement* The European Commission has fined Orbia, Clariant and Celanese a total of € 260 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. Westlake was not fined as it revealed the cartel to the Commission. The companies took (...)

The Australian Federal Court sees Norwegian global shipping company plead guilty to criminal cartel conduct (WWO)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Wallenius Wilhelmsen pleads guilty to criminal cartel conduct* Norwegian-based global shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS (WWO) has today entered a guilty plea in the Federal Court to criminal cartel conduct. After an ACCC investigation, on 23 August 2019 the Commonwealth Director (...)

The Japanese Competition Authority approves commitment plan submitted by an international contact lenses company to alleviate concerns of restrictive trading practices (Cooper Vision Japan)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Approval of the Commitment Plan submitted by Cooper Vision Japan, Inc.* In response to the Notice of Commitment Procedures which the Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as “JFTC”) issued to Cooper Vision Japan, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Cooper Vision Japan”) on March 13, (...)

The US FTC approves final orders settling charges that reciprocal agreements between furniture rent-to-own operators are anticompetitive (Aaron’s / Buddy’s Newco / Rent-A-Center)
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)
FTC Approves Final Orders Settling Charges that Rent-to-Own Operators Restrained Competition through Reciprocal Purchase Agreements* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders settling charges that rent-to-own operators Aaron’s Inc., Buddy’s Newco, (...)

The US DoJ agrees to a civil settlement with an additional firm involved in a bid-rigging that targeted fuel supply contracts for military bases in South Korea (Jier Shin Korea / Sang Joo Lee)
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
DOJ Agrees to Civil Settlement with Additional Firm Involved in Bid Rigging and Fraud Targeting Defense Department Fuel Supply Contracts for U.S. Military Bases in South Korea* South Korea-based company Jier Shin Korea Co. Ltd., and its president, Sang Joo Lee, have agreed to pay $2 million to (...)

The UK Competition Tribunal publishes a summary of an application to commence collective proceedings for losses arising from a settlement decision finding infringements of article 101 TFEU in the automobile market (Mark McLaren)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
On 1 April 2020, the CAT published a summary of an application to commence collective proceedings under section 47B of the Competition Act 1998. The application was filed by Mark McLaren Class Representative Limited, a special purpose vehicle, alleging losses arising from the European (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority launches a public consultation on the commitments offered by three online travel agents to remove certain parity clauses in their contracts with accommodation providers (Booking.com / Expedia / Trip.com)
Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong)
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Hogan Lovells (Beijing)
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Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong)
On 31 March 2020 the Hong Kong Competition Commission (HKCC) commenced a public consultation on the commitments offered by three online travel agents (OTAs) to remove certain parity clauses in their existing and future contracts with accommodation providers in Hong Kong. The consultation period (...)

The UK Competition Appeals Tribunal rules on which part of the EU Commission’s settlement decision is binding on a defendant and that it is an abuse of process for defendants to deny in follow-on damage claim the findings that are contained in settlements (Trucks cartel)
Hausfeld (London)
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Hausfeld (London)
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Hausfeld (London)
In an important judgment for follow- on damages claims, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled that a number of findings made by the European Commission in its Trucks ‘settlement’ Decision are binding on the defendants and the Tribunal; and that, subject to limited exceptions, it is an abuse (...)

The EU Court of Justice rules that pay-for-delay patent settlements may restrict competition by object (Generics - UK / GlaxoSmithKline / Actavis / Xellia Pharmaceuticals / Merck / Alpharma)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 30 January 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “ECJ”) handed down its judgment in Case C-307/18, Generics (UK) and Others. This case marks the first time the ECJ has ruled on patent settlement agree- ments between originator pharmaceutical companies and generic producers. (...)

The EU Court of Justice clarifies that when patent settlement agreements restrict a generic pharmaceutical company’s ability to enter the market they infringe EU antitrust rules (Generics - UK / GlaxoSmithKline / Actavis / Xellia Pharmaceuticals / Merck / Alpharma)
Bird & Bird (Brussels)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
Article summary: Settlement Agreements Can Be Anti-Competitive Only If The Involved Companies Are (At Least) Potential Competitors. A Careful Examination Must Determine Whether A Generic Manufacturer Would Have Entered Into The Market Without A "Pay Per Delay" Agreement. The Classification Of (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority fines undertakings €4.8 million for sharing EU-funded public procurement tenders for diagnostic imaging equipment (GE Hungary / Premier G / Euromedic Technology)
Bird & Bird (Budapest)
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Bird & Bird (Budapest)
The Hungarian Competition Authority (’’GVH’’) fined several undertakings which were found to have shared amongst themselves the EU-funded public procurement tenders for diagnostic imaging (MRI, CT and X-ray) equipment in Hungary in 2015. The total fine amounts to EUR 4.8 million, with GE Hungary (...)

The Australian Federal Court rejects the Competition Authority’s dieselgate settlement and imposes a record $125 million fine on an automobile manufacturer for breaches of national consumer law (Volkswagen)
Ashurst (Sydney)
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Ashurst (Sydney)
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Ashurst (Sydney)
What you need to know The Court imposed a penalty amount AUD 50 million higher than had been agreed between the parties, bucking the recent trend of the Court reducing penalties proposed by the ACCC. The AUD 125 million penalty was calculated under the old ACL penalty regime where the maximum (...)

The German Competition Authority fines three companies and three people €646 million for agreeing and exchanging certain supplements and surcharges for quarto plates (Ilsenburger / Thyssenkrupp Steel / Voestalpine)
Fieldfisher (Düsseldorf)
Steel manufacturers fined record €646 million for agreeing surcharges and exchanging information* The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has fined three companies and three persons a total of approximately €646 million. The companies agreed and exchanged certain supplements and surcharges for so-called (...)

The US DoJ resolves antitrust investigations into trade association standards-setting activity (NACAC)
Hogan Lovells (Washington)
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Hogan Lovells (Washington)
This article has been nominated for the 2020 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. On 12 December 2019, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced that it has entered into a proposed consent decree with the National Association (...)

The German Competition Authority fines car manufacturers for anti-competitive practices in the purchase of steel (BMW / Daimler / Volkswagen)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
German car manufacturers fined for anticompetitive practices in the purchase of steel* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling around 100 million euros on Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG for anticompetitive practices in the purchase of long steel products. (...)

The French Competition Authority fines road transport companies for market sharing (Astre)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence fines the Astre transport group €3.8 million for anticompetitive practices.* Background Following an investigation report sent by the Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF), the Autorité de la concurrence has today (...)

The French Competition Authority fines a group of road transport companies for organizing customer allocation practices among its members (Astre)
University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris)
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Ashurst (Paris)
On 28 October 2019, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") fined a group of road transport companies for having organised customer allocation practices among its members. Astre did not challenge the FCA’s objections and applied for settlement. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY TAKEAWAYS On 27 (...)

The French Competition Authority imposes a € 3.8 million fine on a transport association for market sharing (Astre)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 28 October 2019, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) imposed a fine of € 3.8 million on ASTRE, an association of small and medium-sized transport companies, for having introduced in 1997 a non-competition clause into its internal rules of procedure, its articles of association and its (...)

The UK Competition Authority fines three construction companies for price-fixing, market sharing, and exchange of information (Stanton Bonna Concrete / CPM / FP McCann)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Construction firms fined £36 million for breaking competition law* The CMA has issued 3 firms with fines totalling more than £36 million for breaking competition law in supplying certain concrete drainage products for building projects. Following an investigation by the Competition and Markets (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority fines €225,000 the national association of pharmacists for limiting the ability of pharmacists to advertise para pharmaceutical products online (Order of Pharmacists)
Bird & Bird (Brussels)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
On 15 October 2019, the Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") imposed a fine of EUR 225,000 on the national Order of Pharmacists for adopting, maintaining and implementing provisions of its Deontological Code that limit the ability of pharmacists to advertise para-pharmaceutical products, in (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority fines the national pharmacists order for taking disciplinary measures limiting the ability to advertise and apply rebates to para pharmaceutical products (Order of Pharmacists)
Ashurst (Brussels)
On 16 October 2019, the Belgian Competition Authority ("BCA") fined the national Order of Pharmacists €225,000 for taking disciplinary measures limiting the ability of pharmacists to advertise and apply rebates to parapharmaceutical products. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY TAKEAWAYS The BCA’s (...)

The French Competition Authority sanctions €176,000 a consumer goods corporation and its wholesaler for implementing exclusive import agreements in overseas territories (Procter & Gamble / Coty / Chanel)
University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris)
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Ashurst (Paris)
On 8 October 2019, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") sanctioned Procter & Gamble ("P&G"), Coty and Chanel, as well as their wholesalers, €176,000 for having implemented exclusive import agreements in overseas territories. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY TAKEAWAYS Since March 2013, (...)

The Cypriot Competition Authority terminates its investigation into a services company for allegedly imposing unfair trading terms on its customers and retrospective rental fees for point of sales terminals (JCC)
Stephanie Theodotou Lawyer (Cyprus)
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Trojan Economics (Nicosia)
Introduction On 10 September 2019 the Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition (“CPC”) terminated its ex officio investigation against JCC Payment Systems Ltd (“JCC”), having concluded that there have been no violations of Sections 3(1) and 6(1) of the Protection of Competition Law (Law (...)

The Danish Competition Authority announces that three demolition companies and their managers paid fines for bid-rigging in settlement agreements with the Danish State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime (G. Tscherning / Villy C. Petersen / Brandis)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Denmark: Demolitions companies and management members pay fines in settlement agreements for bid rigging* Three demolition companies and three management members have entered into settlement agreements with the Danish State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime for infringing (...)

The Swiss Competition Authority fines a manufacturer of sports products for vertical price fixing with dealers (Stöckli)
Lenz & Staehelin (Zurich)
Introduction The Swiss Competition Commission (“ComCo”) fined Stöckli Swiss Sports (“Stöckli”), a Swiss manufacturer of Skis and other sport products, for vertical price fixing with its dealers with CHF 140’000. The fine was rather low, as Stöckli had filed a leniency application, albeit after ComCo (...)

The French Competition Authority fines a distribution cooperative of raw materials and baker equipment for market sharing (Back Europ)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Distribution of raw materials and equipment to bakers* The Autorité hands down fines to the cooperative Back Europ for having organised, on the whole of France, a geographical market distribution between its members. L’essentiel The Autorité hands down fines to the cooperative Back Europ for (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority announces that ticket vendors will pay $4 million in penalties to settle drip pricing advertising case (Ticketmaster)
Steve Szentesi Law Corporation (Vancouver)
TICKETMASTER ENTITIES AGREE TO $4 MILLION PENALTY TO SETTLE DRIP PRICING ADVERTISING CASE On June 27, 2019, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that Ticketmaster L.L.C., TNow Entertainment Group, Inc. and Ticketmaster Canada LP have agreed to pay a $4 million penalty and $500,000 of the (...)

The EU Commission imposes a fine of €1,07 billion on five banks for participating in two foreign exchange spot trading cartels in the banking sector (Barclays / RBS / Citigroup / JPMorgan / MUFG)
Bird & Bird (Brussels)
On 16 May 2019, in two settlement decisions, the European Commission ("EC") has fined Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, JPMorgan and MUFG 1.07 billion EUR for participating in two foreign exchange spot trading cartels (see EC press release here). “Foreign exchange spot-trading activities are one of the (...)

The EU Commission fines five banks for participating in foreign exchange spot trading cartel (Barclays / RBS / Citigroup / JPMorgan / MUFG)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, JPMorgan and MUFG €1.07 billion for participating in foreign exchange spot trading cartel* In two settlement decisions, the European Commission has fined five banks for taking part in two cartels in the Spot Foreign Exchange market for 11 (...)

The EU General Court reduces a fine totaling over €30 million imposed in a cartel case (Pometon)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 28 March 2019, the General Court (“GC”) delivered a judgment on an appeal lodged by Pometon against the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision in the Steel Abrasives cartel case (Case T-433/16, Pometon SA v. Commission). In April 2014, the Commission imposed fines totalling over € 30 (...)

The Danish Competition Authority fines several plumbing companies and three managers for bid-rigging (Christoffersen & Knudsen)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Plumbing company and management members from several plumbing companies pay fines in settlements for bid rigging* The plumbing company Christoffersen & Knudsen A/S and three members from the management in this and two other plumbing companies have entered into settlements with the Danish (...)

The EU Commission fines car safety equipment suppliers € 368 million in cartel settlement for illegal information exchanges (Takata / Autoliv / TRW)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines car safety equipment suppliers € 368 million in cartel settlement* The European Commission has fined Autoliv and TRW a total of € 368 277 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Takata was not fined as it revealed the cartels to the Commission. The companies took part (...)

The German Competition Authority fines eight providers of magazine lending services for concluding customer allocation agreements (Daheim / Brabandt / Dörsch / Krumbeck / Medien- Palette / Die Hanse / Hettling’s LeseZirkel / Hettling)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Eight providers of magazine lending services fined on account of unlawful customer allocation agreements* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines amounting to approx. three million euros on eight magazine lending service providers. The companies are accused of having concluded illegal customer (...)

The EU General Court awards damages to an envelope producer due to the EU Commission’s failure to include default interest when repaying an annulled cartel fine (Printeos)
Court of First Instance of Namur (Namur)
On 12 February 2019, the EU General Court (“GC”) awarded € 184,592.95 in damages to envelopes producer Printeos in view of the European Commission’s failure to pay default interest when repaying a cartel fine which had previously been annulled by the GC. In 2014, following a settlement procedure, (...)

The EU Commission fines a credit card company for obstructing merchants’ access to cross-border card payment services (Mastercard II)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines Mastercard €570 million for obstructing merchants’ access to cross-border card payment services* The European Commission has fined the card scheme Mastercard €570 566 000 for limiting the possibility for merchants to benefit from better conditions offered by banks (...)

The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds that three drainage product manufacturers participated in a cartel (Stanton Bonna Concrete / CPM / FP McCann)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Two construction firms admit to illegal cartel* The CMA has provisionally found that 3 drainage product manufacturers broke competition law by co-ordinating prices for customers and sharing the market. Two of the businesses – Derbyshire-based Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd and Somerset-based CPM (...)

The EU General Court rules that pay-for-delay patent settlements can be illegal agreements but annuls abuse of dominance finding (Servier)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Rome)
The General Court has given eight judgments on a Commission fining decision concerning patent settlements entered into by Servier and five competitor producers of generic drugs, reducing the fines from a total of € 428 million to € 315 million. The Court broadly upheld the fines based on Article (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority decides to settle a case against two press distribution agencies for participating in horizontal agreements and concerted practices (Argos / Europi)
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
Settlement case in the market of distribution of Greek press* By its unanimous Decision No. 669/2018, the Grand Chamber of the Hellenic Competition Commission (“HCC”) decided to settle a case against two press distribution agencies in Greece, ARGOS SA Press Distribution Agency (“ARGOS”) and (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority settles a case against two undertakings for concluding anticompetitive agreements in the market for the production and marketing of dairy products (FrieslandCampina Hellas / Mandrekas)
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
Settlement of market segmentation case in the market for the production and marketing of dairy products* By its unanimous Decision No. 668/2018, the Grand Chamber of the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) decided to settle a case against two (2) companies in the market for the production (...)

The US DoJ announces that three South Korean companies in the market of oil refiners and logistics agreed to plead guilty and to enter into a civil settlement for bid-rigging (SK Energy / GS Caltex / Hanjin Transportation)
GeyerGorey (Washington)
DOD Bid Rigging Whistleblower and Related Antitrust Division Criminal Cases* Last week the Antitrust Division announced that three South Korean companies had agreed to plead guilty and to enter into civil settlements for rigging bids on United States Department of Defense Fuel Supply Contracts (...)

The US DoJ reaches settlement with six broadcast television companies and prohibits share of competitively sensitive information in the television spot advertising market (Sinclair Broadcast Group / Raycom Media / Tribune Media Company / Meredith Corporation / Griffin Communications / Dreamcatcher Broadcasting)
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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Crowell & Moring (Washington)
THE LATEST: DOJ Reaches Settlement with Six Broadcast Television Companies* The Department of Justice (DOJ) and six broadcast television companies reached settlements last week after the DOJ claimed that the companies shared competitively sensitive information that allowed the parties to alter (...)

The French Competition Authority fines three companies for bid-rigging in the public lighting sector (Lapize de Sallée)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Public lighting in Ardèche* The Autorité de la concurrence has fined a company in Ardèche for entering into agreements with competitors to secure public procurement contracts Following an investigation by the Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority reduces fines of companies sanctioned for bid-rigging in the radiology IT products market (GE Hungary / Silver Woo)
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
Substantial reduction of fine thanks to cooperation of the parties* The Hungarian Competition Authority (Gazdasági Versenyhivatal, hereinafter GVH) found that GE Hungary Kft. and Silver Wood – IT Kft. had committed a competition law infringement in the course of purchasing the radiology IT (...)

The US FTC settles civil complaint regarding wage-fixing against a medical staffing agency (Your Therapy Source)
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
A recent settlement shows that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will use its enforcement authority to target employer collusion in the labor market. What Happened The FTC brought a complaint against a medical staffing agency, Your Therapy Source, LLC, and the owner of a competing (...)

The French Competition Authority fines wholesale distributors of veterinary medicinal products and their professional association for anticompetitive practices (Alcyon / Coveto / Centravet)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Distribution of veterinary medicinal products* The Autorité de la concurrence fines wholesale distributors of veterinary medicinal products and their professional association nearly 16 million euros for anticompetitive practices The Autorité de la concurrence, which began proceedings ex officio (...)

The UK Supreme Court finds that the OFT did not act unlawfully in failing to repay fines imposed on tobacco manufacturers as part of a retail pricing investigation’s settlement (Gallaher / Somerfield)
Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
The Supreme Court has found that the OFT (the CMA’s predecessor) did not act unlawfully in failing to repay fines imposed on Gallaher and Somerfield as part of their settlement of the OFT’s tobacco retail pricing investigation. This was the case despite there being: a successful appeal against (...)

The EU Commission fines eight producers of capacitors for cartel (Elna / Hitachi Chemical / Holy Stone / Matsuo / NEC Tokin / Nichicon / Nippon Chemi-Con / Rubycon)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines eight producers of capacitors €254 million for participating in cartel* The European Commission has fined Elna, Hitachi Chemical, Holy Stone, Matsuo, NEC Tokin, Nichicon, Nippon Chemi-Con, Rubycon € 253 935 000. Together with the immunity applicant, Sanyo, they (...)

The French Competition Authority fines an undertaking for implementing anticompetitive agreements in the tobacconist security provision sector (Sécurité Vol Feu)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Anticompetitive agreements in the tobacconist security provision sector in the Isère département* The Autorité de la concurrence fines the Sécurité Vol Feu company Following an investigation carried out by the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (...)

The EU Commission fines maritime car carriers and car parts suppliers in three separate cartel cases (MOL / NYK / K Line / Wwl-Eukor / Csav) (Denso / Bosch / NGK) (TRW / Continental)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines maritime car carriers and car parts suppliers a total of €546 million in three separate cartel settlements* In three separate decisions, the European Commission has fined four maritime car carriers €395 million, two suppliers of spark plugs €76 million, and two (...)

The Danish Competition Authority fines a construction company for an exchange of information with a competitor in a bid-rigging case (Troels Jørgensen)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Denmark: Construction company pays fine in settlement for bid rigging* On 11 January 2018, the contruction company Troels Jørgensen A/S entered into a settlement with a competitor for infringing section 6 of the Danish Competition Act. The company accepted to pay a fine of DKK 3,200,000 (€ (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirms the District Court judgment for titanium dioxide purchaser on the grounds that the plaintiff lacked sufficient evidence to allege a conspiracy to fix prices (Valspar / DuPont)
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
What Happened: On October 2, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unsealed its opinion in Valspar Corp. v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 16-1345 2017 WL 4364317 (3d Cir. Sept. 14, 2017) in which the court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority fines undertakings active in the construction sector (AKTOR)
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
Settlement Procedure - Infringement decision with fines addressed to undertakings active in the construction sector regarding infringements of Article 1 of the Greek Competition Act and Article 101 TFEU* The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC), by unanimous decision, found that fifteen (15) (...)

The French Competition Authority fines several companies which have implemented exclusive import agreements (Materne / Sodibel)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Exclusive distribution of dessert products in La Réunion and Mayotte* The Autorité de la concurrence fines Materne and its wholesaler-importer for continuing to implement an exclusive import agreement after the “Lurel Act” came into force. The “Lurel Act” bans any exclusive import agreement The (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirms the dismissal of an antitrust counterclaim in a labor dispute (ICTSI Oregon / International Longshore and Warehouse Union / Pacific Maritime Association)
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Dusseldorf)
On July 24, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an antitrust counterclaim brought by ICTSI Oregon, Inc. (ICTSI), the operator of a marine shipping facility, against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime (...)

The EU Commission fines three producers of car lighting system for their involvement in a cartel (Automotive Lighting / Hella / Valeo)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines three car lighting system producers €27 million in cartel settlement* The European Commission has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of €26 744 000 for participating in an automotive lighting cartel, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Valeo was not fined as it (...)

The US FTC reaches settlement agreement with a company on the challenged professional association rules due to restriction of competition among its organist and choral conductor members (AGO)
McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
The two current commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved a final order and consent agreement with the American Guild of Organists (AGO) after a public comment period of two months. The FTC alleged that the AGO violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act by (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority fines several companies for bid-rigging (Siemens)
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
The Belgian Competition Authority imposes fines totalling 1 779 000 euros for a cartel in the context of a public contract* The Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority (hereinafter “the Investigation and Prosecution Service”) sanctions a cartel between five (...)

The Bulgarian Competition Authority approves commitments by oil companies suspected of cartel activities (Lukoil Bulgaria / Eco Bulgaria / Shell Bulgaria / OMV Bulgaria / NIS PETROL)
Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski (Sofia)
The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition has approved commitments by oil companies suspected of cartel activities* On 28.03.2017, the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (the “Bulgarian Commission”) approved commitments by the leading Bulgarian oil companies Lukoil (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority fines a leading yeast producer and three parent companies for several infringements of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU (Algist Bruggeman)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 22 March 2017, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) imposed a fine amounting to € 5,489,000 on leading yeast producer Algist Bruggeman NV (“AB”), and three parent companies, for several infringements of Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”) and (...)

The EU Commission fines six suppliers of car air conditioning and engine cooling €155 million in cartel settlement (Behr / Calsonic / Denso / Panasonic / Sanden / Valeo)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines six car air conditioning and engine cooling suppliers € 155 million in cartel settlement* The European Commission has fined Behr, Calsonic, Denso, Panasonic, Sanden and Valeo a total of € 155 million for taking part in one or more of four cartels concerning supplies (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority issues its first decision under the new simplified settlement procedure (NOTOS com Hondos)
Prentoulis Gerakini Law Partnership (Athens)
February 2017 marks the first decision of the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) under the terms of the new simplified Settlement Procedure. The case The HCC settled a case against eight companies of the HONDOS "group" (run by different family members) in the beauty and cosmetics market (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority decides to settle a price-fixing case in the beauty and broader cosmetics sector (Hondos)
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
Settlement of price-fixing case involving HONDOS in the beauty and broader cosmetics sector* By its unanimous Decision No. 636/2017, the Grand Chamber of the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) decided to settle a case against eight (8) companies controlled by HONDOS family members in the (...)

The EU Court of Justice confirms that the Commission has a considerable margin of discretion to revise a proposed fine upwards concerning companies that have withdrawn from a settlement procedure (Timab Industries)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Confirms the Commission’s Approach to Hybrid Settlements* The case follows on from the Commission’s Animal Feed Phosphates cartel decision pursuant to which fines totalling €176 million were imposed on a number of producers of animal feed for (...)

The UK Competition Authority fines suppliers of galvanized steel tanks for bid-rigging (Franklin Hodge / Balmoral Tanks / Galglass)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA fines water tank firms over £2.7 million* The CMA has today issued 2 decisions imposing fines on suppliers of galvanised steel tanks for breaching competition law. Galvanised steel tanks are used for water storage in larger buildings, such as schools, hospitals and other commercial and (...)

The EU General Court annuls a cartel settlement decision on appeal due to the Commission’s failure to sufficiently inform the undertakings on the fining methodology used (Printeos)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Under the Commission’s cartel settlement procedure, an undertaking admitting liability to a cartel infringement and waiving certain procedural rights is rewarded with a 10% reduction in the fine. In the envelopes cartel case, the Commission fined five producers €19.4 million under the settlement (...)

The EU Commission fines rechargeable battery producers €166 million in cartel settlement (Sony / Panasonic / Sanyo)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines rechargeable battery producers €166 million in cartel settlement* The European Commission has fined Sony, Panasonic and Sanyo a total of €166 million. The companies and Samsung SDI coordinated prices and exchanged sensitive information on supplies of rechargeable (...)

Cartel Settlements: An overview of EU and national case law
Google (Brussels)
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Baker McKenzie (London)
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Baker McKenzie (London)
I. An Overview In less than ten years since the introduction of the EU settlement procedure , the European Commission ("Commission") has successfully settled 21 cartel cases of varying degrees of complexity and with different unique features. The Commission’s settlement practice has evolved to (...)

The EU General Court confirms the Commission’s decision concerning its first pharma pay-for-delay case (Lundbeck)
University of East Anglia (Norwich)
General Court’s pay for delay judgment in Lundbeck – some guidance, but worries remain*On 8 September, the General Court handed down its eagerly awaited decision in Lundbeck – the first ever European judgment concerning so-called pay for delay settlements. The Commission’s decision in this case was (...)

The EU General Court hands down a judgment concerning an appeal brought by an undertaking and several generic companies against an EU Commission decision which found that the parties had breached Article 101 TFEU by agreeing to delay the market entry of a generic drug (Lundbeck)
Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
On 8 September 2016 the General Court (GC) handed down its judgments in relation to the appeals brought by Lundbeck and a number of generic companies (Sun Pharma (Ranbaxy), Arrow, Generics UK, Merck and Xellia/Alpharma) against a European Commission (Commission) decision finding that the (...)

The EU General Court upholds the EU Commission’s fine of €150 million on undertakings for entering into reverse settlement agreements which delayed the entry of cheaper generic versions of a blockbuster antidepressant (Lundbeck)
Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
EU COURT CONFIRMS EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S DECISION ON PAY-FOR-DELAY AGREEMENTS* On 8 September 2016, the General Court of the European Union upheld the European Commission’s decision in which the antitrust regulator imposed fines of approximately EUR 150 million on Lundbeck and a number of generic (...)

The EU General Court upholds the EU Commission’s landmark patent settlement agreement decision (Lundbeck)
Sidley Austin (London)
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Willkie Farr & Gallagher (London)
EU General Court upholds Commission’s landmark Patent Settlement Agreement decision* In a much-anticipated series of judgments, running to some 579 pages, the EU’s General Court on 8 September 2016 upheld a 2013 decision of the European Commission that imposed fines of almost €150 million on the (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority finds for the first time that mere negotiations concerning a draft consortium agreement can qualify as a hardcore cartel (Alcufer)
Baker McKenzie (Budapest)
On 26 July the Hungarian Competition Authority published its first ever cartel settlement decision which granted a 10% reduction from the fine to a settling party. The decision found that already the mere fact of negotiating with competitors a draft consortium agreement containing restrictive (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority introduces settlement procedure for cartels
Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)
HCC introduces settlement procedure for cartels* By its unanimous Decision No. 628/2016, the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) established the terms and conditions of the settlement procedure in cartel cases, according to the provisions of Articles 25a and 14 par 2 of the Greek Competition (...)

The UK Competition Authority fines online retailers for using automated repricing software to implement an illegal cartel (Trod / GB Posters)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Online seller admits breaking competition law* An online seller has agreed to accept a fine after admitting using automated repricing software to implement an illegal cartel. Trod Limited has admitted agreeing with one of its competing online sellers, GB eye Limited (trading as ‘GB Posters’), (...)

The French Competition Authority adopts a settlement decision concerning a case involving companies active in the distribution of consumer goods overseas (Henkel)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Exclusive distribution of consumer goods in overseas territories – Settlement* Within the framework of a settlement between all the parties, the Autorité de la concurrence fines Henkel and its wholesaler-importers in several overseas departments €600,000. In brief The Autorité de la concurrence (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority adopts a settlement decision concerning market sharing agreements concluded between SMEs in the regular river cruise sector (Dinant / Les Bateaux mouches)
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
The Investigation & Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority adopts a settlement decision for market sharing agreements between SMEs in the regular river cruise sector and imposes a fine amounting to 64,100 euros* The Investigation & Prosecution Service of the Belgian (...)

The Danish Competition Authority announces that three franchisees and one franchisor entered into a settlement for price fixing and market sharing (Lely Nordic)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Denmark: ”Franchise chain in Denmark pays fine in settlement for fixed selling prices and shared markets of supply with respect to milking robots”* In April 2016, the franchisor Lely Nordic A/S, three Danish franchisees and a person from the management in Lely Nordic A/S entered into a (...)

The EU General Court confirms the Commission’s decision on immunity applications and attribution of liability (Deutsche Bahn / Schenker)
Blackstone Chambers (London)
The Freight-Forwarding Cartels in the General Court: Lessons on Leniency and Discretion*On 29 February 2016, the General Court handed down its judgments in Case T-265/12 Schenker Ltd v European Commission; Case T-267/12 Deutsche Bahn AG and others v European Commission, upholding the (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority fines 6 undertakings for price-fixing agreement in the sector of industrial batteries (Emrol)
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
The Belgian Competition Authority imposes fines amounting to 3.857.000 EUR for price-fixing in the sector of industrial batteries* The Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority sanctions 6 companies for price-fixing by applying an agreed lead surcharge to the (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority adopts its second settlement decision in an industrial battery cartel case (Battery manufacturers)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 23 February 2016, the College of Competition Prosecutors (the “Competition College”) of the Belgian Competition Authority adopted its second settlement decision involving six battery manufacturers (Battery Supplies, Celecric, Emrol, Enersys, Exide Technologies and Hoppecke) on account of these (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit concludes that a reverse payment need not be in cash (Loestrin)
Crowell & Moring (New York)
First Circuit boosts antitrust challenges to pay-for-delay settlements by finding non-cash deals subject to Actavis scrutiny*Antitrust challenges to so-called “pay-for-delay” settlements—in which brand-name drug makers temporarily keep generics out of the market by making payments to would-be (...)

The US FTC urges the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to hold that a reverse payment need not be in cash (Loestrin)
DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach (Vienna)
U.S. FTC urges the Appeals Court to revive the Loestrin Suit* On December 7, 2015, during oral argument, the U.S. FTC urged the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to revive the Loestrin suit. The case concerns a so-called reverse payment settlement. In 2009 Watson Pharmaceuticals agreed (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit concludes that a reverse payment need not be in cash (Loestrin)
Rutgers University (Camden)
On February 22, 2016, in the second federal appellate drug patent settlement ruling since the Supreme Court’s decision in FTC v. Actavis, 133 S. Ct. 2223 (2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated a lower court decision granting a motion to dismiss for defendants. Writing (...)

The UK Competition Authority fines £45 million to several pharmaceutical companies for pay-for-delay settlements (GlaxoSmithKline)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA fines pharma companies £45 million* The CMA has fined a number of pharmaceutical companies for anti-competitive conduct and agreements in relation to the supply of paroxetine. The CMA’s decision relates to conduct and agreements between 2001 and 2004 in which GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK), the (...)

The UK Competition Authority fines pharmaceutical companies for pay-for-delay deals (GlaxoSmithKline)
Constantine Cannon (London)
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Constantine Cannon (London)
UK Antitrust Watchdog slaps $65 million fine on Pharma Companies in UK’s first pay-for-delay case* On 12 February 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”), UK’s competition regulator, fined a number of pharma companies for anti-competitive conduct and agreements in relation to the supply (...)

The EU Commission fines €137 million car parts producers in a cartel settlement (Melco / Hitachi)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines car parts producers € 137 789 000 in cartel settlement* The European Commission has imposed fines of € 137 789 000 on Melco (Mitsubishi Electric) and Hitachi for participating in a cartel for alternators and starters with another firm, Denso, in breach of EU antitrust (...)

The South African Competition Authority fines two shipping companies for bid-rigging and exercises a considerable degree of discretion when choosing a strategy for imposing an administrative penalty (NYK / WWL)
Primerio Limited (Johannesburg)
Shipping Cartel: Recent approach to fining in SA* AAT previously reported (here and here) that the SACC had been investigating cartel behaviour which allegedly took place between multiple shipping liners who transported vehicles for various Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEMs”). The (...)

The US FTC subjects to public comment the consent agreement proposed by two pharmaceutical companies that implemented an unlawful agreement not to compete (Concordia and Par)
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)
Pharmaceutical companies settle ftc charges of an illegal agreement not to compete, which resulted in higher prices for generic version of ADHD drug* Pharmaceutical companies Concordia Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. have settled FTC charges that they entered into an unlawful (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority accepts commitments from petrol product suppliers regarding long term exclusive cooperation agreements with petrol stations (BP Hellas / Shell Hellas)
Ernst & Young (Athens)
By its decision No. 602/11.08.2015, the Hellenic Competition Commission (the “HCC”) unanimously accepted the commitments offered by nine (9) petrol product suppliers, to cease presumed violations of Art. 1 L. 703/77 and Art. 101 TFEU. This decision (the “HCC decision”), which was the first HCC case (...)

The EU Court of Justice receives an appeal from an undertaking part to a cartel settlement against the General Court judgment in the animal feed phosphates cartel case (Timab)
Sidley Austin (London)
Timab litigates settlement all the way to the CJEU* The European Commission (“Commission”) introduced its settlement procedure for cartel cases back in 2008. The main aims? To make life easier for the Commission and to keep cartel cases out of the overburdened EU Courts. But Timab – a party (...)

The EU Commission imposes fines on cargo train operators for participating in a cartel (Express Interfracht / Schenker)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Commission fines cargo train operators € 49 million for cartel* The European Commission has imposed fines of € 49 154 000 on Express Interfracht, part of the Austrian railway incumbent Österreichische Bundesbahnen ("ÖBB"), and Schenker, part of the German railway incumbent Deutsche Bahn ("DB"), (...)

The EU Commission fines cargo train operators in a cartel settlement (Express Interfracht / Schenker)
Constantine Cannon (London)
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Constantine Cannon (London)
European Commission Slams Cargo Train Operators With 49 Million Euro Fine In Cartel Settlement* The European Commission (“EC”) today imposed fines totalling 49,154,000 euros on Express Interfracht, part of the Austrian railway company Österreichische Bundesbahnen, and Schenker, a subsidiary of (...)

The EU Commission sends a statement of objections to a credit card company regarding its cross-border rules and inter-regional interchange fees (Mastercard II)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to MasterCard on cross-border rules and inter-regional interchange fees* The European Commission today has sent a Statement of Objections to MasterCard. The Statement of Objections outlines the Commission’s preliminary view that MasterCard’s (...)

The US DoJ sues four hospitals for an anticompetitive agreement in South-Central Michigan (Hillsdale / Branch / ProMedica / Allegiance)
Crowell & Moring (New York)
Antitrust Enforcers Sue Four Hospitals For Carving Up South-Central Michigan* The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office are suing four Michigan hospital systems for allegedly engaging in antitrust violations by agreeing to refrain from (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority adopts its first settlement decision and fines retailers and producers of home and personal care products (Cartel de la beauté)
Stephenson Harwood (London)
I. Background On 18 September 2006 the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) opened an investigation into the Home and Personal Care (HPC) market in Belgium following Colgate’s leniency application. Few months later the BCA carried out dawn raids at the premises of the main large retailers in (...)

The EU Commission fines a parking heaters producer for cartel in the context of a settlement (Eberspächer)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Commission fines parking heaters producer €68 million in cartel settlement* The European Commission found that two German producers of automotive parts, Eberspächer and Webasto, have breached EU antitrust rules prohibiting cartels and restrictive business practices. They coordinated prices and (...)

The US FTC reaches a settlement with a pharmaceutical company in a reverse payment case (Cephalon)
Gibson Dunn (Washington)
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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (San Francisco)
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Debevoise & Plimpton (Washington, D.C.)
This article has been nominated for the 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has reached a settlement resolving its claims that Cephalon, Inc. violated the antitrust laws by entering into reverse payment (...)

The US FTC reaches a record $1.2 billion proposed pay-for-delay settlement and injunctive relief restricting future similar settlements of patent infringement cases (Cephalon)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York)
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Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York)
Federal Trade Commission Reaches Record $1.2 Billion Proposed “Pay for Delay” Settlement with Cephalon and Injunctive Relief Restricting Future Similar Settlements of Patent Infringement Cases* Last week, on the eve of trial, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached a proposed settlement in (...)

The US FTC reaches a settlement with a pharmaceutical company and continues its march “to set a standard for the industry” in pay-for-delay settlement cases (Cephalon)
Sheppard Mullin (San Francisco)
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Sterlington
Federal Trade Commission Continues March “to Set a Standard for the Industry” with Cephalon Settlement* On May 28, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced it had reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals, which acquired Cephalon in 2012, over reverse payment for its (...)

The Californian Supreme Court delineates a structured rule of reason analysis for evaluating reverse payments or pay-for-delay settlements (Cipro)
Sheppard Mullin (San Francisco)
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Sterlington
California Supreme Court Delineates a Structured Rule of Reason Analysis for Evaluating Reverse Payment or Pay-for-Delay Settlements* On May 7, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in In re Cipro Cases I & II, Case No. S198616 (May 7, 2015) (Cipro). Cipro (...)

The Danish Competition Authority concludes a settlement with a supplier of hardball-gear guilty of resale price maintenance (ActionSportGames)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
ActionSportGames pays fine in settlement for resale price maintenance* On April 30, 2015, ActionSportGames A/S, a Danish supplier of hardball-gear – an activity similar to paintball – entered into a settlement with the Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime for (...)

The Danish Competition Authority concludes a settlement with a producer of trailers guilty of price resale maintenance (Variant)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Variant A/S, Denmark, pays fine in settlement for resale price maintenance* On April 29, 2015, Variant A/S, a Danish producer of trailers, entered into a settlement with the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority for infringing section 6 of the Danish Competition Act by imposing resale (...)

The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit annuls a district court’s order which certified a class of direct purchasers in a price-fixing suit in the blood reagents market (Ortho Clinical Diagnostics)
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a district court’s order certifying a class of direct purchasers of blood reagents in a price-fixing suit against Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc. In re Blood Reagents, case number 12-4067. Plaintiffs allege that (...)

The UK Competition Authority fines an association of estate and lettings agents, three of its members, and a newspaper publisher for implementing an anticompetitive agreement following settlement proceedings (Castles / Hamptons International / Waterfords)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Companies fined over £775,000 in CMA investigation into advertising of agents’ fees* An association of estate and lettings agents in Hampshire, three of its members and a newspaper publisher have admitted breaching competition law and have agreed to pay penalties totalling over £775,000. The (...)

The US DOJ and the New York State Office of the Attorney General settle with tour bus operators, requiring them to pay $7.5 million for implementing barriers to entry (Coach / City Sights / Twin America)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York)
NYC Sightseeing Companies Settle with Federal and State Authorities* On March 17, 2015, two New York City-based tour bus operators agreed to settle allegations that they conspired to monopolize New York’s hop-on, hop-off sightseeing market between 2009 and 2015. Coach USA Inc. (“Coach”), City (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit stresses the importance for Sherman Act litigants to support their claims of antitrust injury-in-fact with market facts (Netflix)
Siemens (New York)
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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler (New York)
Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Netflix Antitrust Suit* Last Friday, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a multidistrict class action brought by Netflix subscribers who claimed the company conspired with Walmart to dominate the online DVD sales and rental markets. In 2005, Netflix (...)

The US FTC settles restrictive practices charges with trade associations after they agreed to implement changes and compliance programs (Psa / Plasma)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Washington)
In Settlement with FTC, Trade Associations Agree to Change Rules and Adopt Antitrust Compliance Programs* On March 3, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced two separate final orders with trade associations, Professional Skaters Association, Inc. (“PSA”) and Professional Lighting and (...)

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice holds that communications between corporations and the Competition Authority during the proffer stage of the immunity program or the leniency program should not be protected by settlement privilege (Nestlé Canada)
Norton Rose Fulbright (Toronto)
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice held in R. v Nestlé Canada Inc. that communications between corporations and the Competition Bureau (Bureau) during the proffer stage of the Immunity Program or the Leniency Program should not be protected by settlement privilege. This case has clear (...)

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice holds that information received by the Competition Authority at the proffer stage of its immunity and leniency programs is not protected from disclosure to other accused persons by settlement privilege (Nestlé Canada)
TSMC (San Francisco)
Proffers to Competition Bureau must be disclosed to accused, court says* Information received by the Competition Bureau at the proffer stage of its Immunity and Leniency Programs is not protected from disclosure to other accused persons by settlement privilege, the Ontario Superior Court of (...)

The French Competition Authority fines several manufacturers of home and personal care products for having implemented concerted practices (Colgate-Palmolive / Henkel / Reckitt Benckiser)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence fines concerted practices between manufacturers a total of 345,2 € millions and 605,9 € millions on each market concerned* The Autorité de la concurrence issues today a decision whereby it fines home care and personal care manufacturers for having implemented (...)

The Austrian Cartel Court upholds request by the Competition Authority and fines a dairy producer for resale price maintenance (NÖM)
European Commission (Brussels)
Settlement with Dairy Producer* On 26 November 2014, the Cartel Court (29 Kt 60/14) imposed a fine of € 583.200 on NÖM AG, a major Austrian dairy producer for anticompetitive behaviour related to RPM with food retailers regarding certain dairy products between 2007 and 2012. The decision was (...)

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York approves a settlement that comprises three different scenarios in a cartel case in the e-books sector (Apple e-books)
DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach (Vienna)
Apple e-books settlement gets final court approval* On 21 November 2014 US District Judge Denise Cote gave her final approval to a settlement of the Apple e-book class action. The class action against Apple arose from allegations that Apple and five publishers conspired on the publishing (...)

The French Competition Authority imposes fines on three removal companies for having presented cover quotes to distort competition in the military personnel relocation removals market (AGS Martinique / Mobilitas)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence fines three removal companies for having colluded in presenting cover quotes* The Autorité de la concurrence has issued a decision in which it fines three removal companies for having presented cover quotes in order to distort competition in the military personnel (...)

The French Competition Authority allows a subsidiary to opt for a national settlement procedure even though its parent company challenges the charges of a cartel (AGS Martinique / Mobilitas)
Frieh Associés (Paris)
In a decision issued on November 18th, 2014 , the French competition authority (hereafter the "FCA") fined three removal companies for having colluded in presenting cover quotes in the military personnel removal sector in Martinique. National regulatory provisions set a competitive process for (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority reaches settlements for $5 million and behavioral remedies with water heater companies found guilty of implementing anticompetitive return policies (Reliance Comfort / Direct Energy)
TSMC (San Francisco)
Reliance scalded by $5 million penalty* Hot water heater rental supplier Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership has agreed to pay a $5 million fine and to change policies that made it difficult for customers to switch to a competitor, in a settlement reached with the Commissioner of Competition (...)

The US FTC settles charges of indirect price-fixing (Blue Rhino / AmeriGas)
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (New York)
Blue Rhino and AmeriGas Agree to Settle FTC Claims of Propane Tank Price-Fixing* On October 31, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” ) agreed to a settlement with Blue Rhino and AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange, the two leading suppliers of propane exchange tanks, regarding FTC charges that the (...)

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal quashes a decision of the Competition Authority to accept commitments for failing to inform itself about the possible impact on price transparency of an obvious restriction on disclosure of price information in the online booking sector (Skyscanner)
Ashurst (Milan)
UK Court quashes decision accepting the commitments by OTAs and hotel chain in the online booking sector* Last 26 September, following an appeal by meta-search site Skyscanner, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) quashed the decision of the Office of Fair Trading (the “OFT”) to accept (...)

The US DoJ secures a second plea deal with a member of the international shipping cartel for roll-on, roll-off cargo (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha)
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
On September 26, 2014 Japanese transportation company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) agreed to plead guilty to price fixing, bid rigging and allocating customers for international ocean shipping services for “roll-on, roll-off” cargo. K-Line will be fined $67.7 million. Roll-on, roll-off (...)

The US FTC brings a lawsuit in the pharmaceutical sector for monopolization based on patent litigation (AndroGel II)
Covington & Burling (Washington)
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Covington & Burling (Washington)
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Covington & Burling (Washington)
The Federal Trade Commission has brought its first suit alleging anticompetitive conduct in connection with the prosecution and settlement of pharmaceutical patent litigation since the Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in FTC v. Actavis. Although two commissioners dissented from the decision to (...)

The EU Court of Justice invites to rethink the approach to pay-for-delay settlements in its case law (Groupement des Cartes Bancaires)
University of East Anglia (Norwich)
European Pharmaceutical Antitrust after Groupment des Cartes Bancaires – Time to Rethink the Approach to Pay For Delay Settlements?* Over the last year the European Commission has stepped up its enforcement efforts against pay for delay settlements. In June 2013 they imposed a fine for the (...)

The Canadian Competition Tribunal holds that third parties cannot challenge the merits of competition settlements (Kobo)
Cassels Brock (Toronto)
Third parties cannot challenge merits of competition settlements* Third parties cannot challenge underlying facts Third parties cannot challenge the factual basis underpinning settlements between the Commissioner of Competition and targets of inquiries under the Competition Act, the (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority adopts new guidelines on the calculation of fines
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
The Board of the Belgian Competition Authority adopts new guidelines on the calculation of fines* The Board of the Belgian Competition Authority has on 26 August 2014 decided to revoke the Communication of the Belgian Competition Council on the calculation of fines of 19 December 2011 and to (...)

The US District Court for the Northern District of California rejects the $324.5 million settlement in a class action following the DOJ civil lawsuit for a per se violation (High-tech wage collusion)
GeyerGorey (Washington)
The Unusual Hi-Tech Hiring Collusion Case: Judge Rejects Proposed Settlement; DOJ Brought Civil “Per Se” Cases* Last Friday Judge Lucy H. Koh issued an unusual ruling in a somewhat unusual case. The ruling was unusual in that the court rejected a proposed settlement in the hi-tech wage (...)

The US FTC settles charges of invitation to collude of two UPC resellers (InstantUPCCOdes.com / Nationwide Barcode / 680 Digital)
Sheppard Mullin (New York)
Two UPC Resellers Settle FTC Invitation to Collude Investigation* On July 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission accepted, subject to final approval, settlements with InstantUPCCodes.com (“Instant”) and Nationwide Barcode (“Nationwide”), two of the leading barcode resellers, and their principals, (...)

The US FTC settles charges of two Internet resellers of UPC barcodes used by retailers for violation of the FTC Act by inviting competitors to collude to raise prices for barcodes sold over the Internet (InstantUPCCOdes.com / Nationwide Barcode / 680 Digital)
Steve Szentesi Law Corporation (Vancouver)
Scanner Emergency in Aisle Five: US FTC Settles Bar Code Seller Invitation to Collude Case* In an interesting case that caught my eye yesterday and today, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a settlement in a case involving allegations that an online bar code re-seller engaged (...)

The EU Commission imposes a fine of € 427.7 million on a French pharma manufacturer and five generic companies for pay-for-delay settlements impeding price competition on the market for blood pressure medicines (Servier)
University of East Anglia (Norwich)
The EU Commission Decision against Servier – a New Dimension to European Pharmaceutical Antitrust?* On 9 July 2014 the European Commission announced its decision to impose a fine of €427.7 million on French drug maker Servier and five generic companies in relation to so-called ‘pay for delay’ (...)

The EU Commission imposes €32 million fines in the canned mushrooms cartel (Lutèce / Prochamp / Bonduelle)
Ramón y Cajal (Madrid)
The infringement The European Commission ("Commission") sanctions three producers of canned mushrooms, Lutèce, Prochamp and Bonduelle, for participating in a cartel and imposes fines amounting to €32.2 million. The cartelists exchanged confidential information on tenders, set minimum prices, (...)

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania reaffirms that under the Capper-Volstead Act farmers may cooperate to collectively market their products, though the output limitation obtained by concerted action remains precluded by the Sherman Act (In Re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation)
Sheppard Mullin (Los Angeles)
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Sheppard Mullin (San Francisco)
Of Characterization and Common Sense: Court Holds That Erroneous Interpretation of Allegations of Complaint Doom Counterclaim to Bottom of Chicken Coop* In In Re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 2:08-Md.-02002-GP (E.D. Pa., June 10, 2014), the plaintiffs alleged that they (...)

Cartel settlements: An overview of EU and national case law
Allen & Overy (Brussels)
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Allen & Overy (Brussels)
The EU cartel settlement regime will soon celebrate its sixth anniversary since its introduction . After a somewhat hesitant start, cartel settlement would appear to have overcome its teething phase and to be gathering pace. Whilst 2013 was a particularly strong year, it remains to be seen (...)

The South African Competition Tribunal asks for submission on reasons for approving the cartel settlement and expresses doubts as regards the low level of fining (Premier Fishing)
Nortons (Sandton)
Appellate competition body questions authority’s lenient fine* Tribunal expresses doubts as to lenient fining level of Premier Fishing The chairman of the South African Competition Tribunal, Takalani Madima, has asked the South African Competition Commission and Premier Fishing for ‘detailed (...)

The Irish High Court files a settlement accepted by a medical association not to engage in boycotts or collective withdrawal of services (IMO)
Irish Competition Authority (Dublin)
Competition Authority secures High Court undertakings from the Irish Medical Organisation* The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has today provided undertakings to the High Court (i) not to organise or recommend the collective withdrawal of services or boycotts by its members and (ii) to advise (...)

The Irish High Court receives an agreement containing undertakings of a medical association not to engage in anticompetitive behavior (IMO)
Steve Szentesi Law Corporation (Vancouver)
Antitrust & Associations: Two Association Related Output Restriction Cases – One Settling (Doctors), the Other Starting Up (Eggs)* On my media sweep earlier, two interesting trade association cases caught my eye, both including allegations of “output restriction” or “boycott” type activities. (...)

The Australian Competition Authority announces the commencement of proceedings in the Federal Court concerning an attempt to build a cartel affecting the availability of eggs on the retail market (AECL)
Steve Szentesi Law Corporation (Vancouver)
Antitrust & Associations: Two Association Related Output Restriction Cases – One Settling (Doctors), the Other Starting Up (Eggs)* On my media sweep earlier, two interesting trade association cases caught my eye, both including allegations of “output restriction” or “boycott” type activities. (...)

The Australian Federal Court orders by consent payment of penalties for involvement in cartel conduct in relation to the price of bearings (Nachi / Koyo)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
$3 million penalty for bearings cartel conduct* The Federal Court has today ordered by consent that NSK Australia Pty Ltd (NSK Australia) pay total penalties of $3 million for its involvement in cartel conduct in relation to the price of bearings in Australia, in proceedings brought by the (...)

The US FTC apprises that it continues to maintain an active antitrust enforcement focus on trade association activity
Sheppard Mullin (New York)
FTC Targeting Trade Associations?* On May 1, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release concerning the antitrust risks involved in trade association activity and cautioned such groups that the Commission continues to maintain an active antitrust enforcement focus on trade association (...)

The Canadian Competition Tribunal suspends a settlement between the Competition Authority and e-book publishers related to a price MFN clause (Kobo)
Cassels Brock (Toronto)
The Ebooks Saga: Kobo’s challenge explained* Ebook retailer Kobo is challenging a settlement entered into by the Competition Bureau with ebook publishers. The settlement has been stayed pending this challenge. Kobo’s challenge may have major implications for competition law enforcement in (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority reopens an investigation into agreements within the cash handling market (G4S / DNB / SEB / Swedbank)
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
Competition Council reopens investigation into agreements within cash handling market* On April 22, the Competition Council (the KT) reopened the investigation into agreements within cash handling market. It was suspected that the mentioned agreements had failed to comply with the requirements (...)

The Australian Competition Authority receives court-enforceable undertakings from a kitchenware company concerning the discontinuation of its resale price maintenance and a compliance program (KitchenAid)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
KitchenAid distributor undertakes not to induce retailers on minimum prices* Peter McInnes Pty Ltd (Peter McInnes), an importer and wholesaler of kitchenware products including KitchenAid stand mixers, has acknowledged concerns from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that it (...)

The US FTC orders two professional associations to amend their codes of ethics to eliminate the anticompetitive restrictions imposed by each of them on their members (CALSPro / MTNA)
Steve Szentesi Law Corporation (Vancouver)
U.S. FTC Finalizes Settlements in Association Code of Ethics Cases* As an update to two association cases that I blogged about last December (see: here), this past Friday the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had approved settlements with two professional associations for (...)

The US District Court for the Northern District of California grants class certification and gives its preliminary approval for a partial class action settlement of a lawsuit on the allegation of conspiracy to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley (High-Tech employees)
Bona Law (San Diego)
The Antitrust Laws Encourage Stealing* That’s right, the antitrust laws care so much about competition that they even prohibit agreements among competitors to not steal. In a society that morally condemns stealing, this is counter-intuitive (and a good reason to learn a little bit about (...)

The US District Court for the District of Minnesota dismisses a putative antitrust class action saying the plaintiff’s allegations were barred by the statute of limitation (Graco)
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
ANTITRUST CLASS ACTION AGAINST GRACO INC. DISMISSED * On March 11, 2014, Judge Ann Montgomery of the District of Minnesota dismissed a putative antitrust class action against Graco Inc. and its distributors that accused Graco of buying two of its closest competitors in the spray foam equipment (...)

The Danish Competition Authority enters into settlements with five owners of driving schools in a cartel case (Thingaards / Henriks / Kronborgs / Dan’s / Kirkegårdsarbejde)
DLA Piper (Copenhagen)
On 28 February 2014, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (“DCCA”) announced in a press release that the owners of five driving schools had entered into a settlement with the Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime (“PSEIC”) for infringing section 6 of the Danish (...)

The UK Competition Authority accepts commitments from online travel agents enabling them and hotels to offer discounts on rates for hotel rooms (IHG / Expedia / Booking.com)
Ashurst (Milan)
UK Office of Fair Trading closes investigation into hotel online booking practices On 31 January 2014, the UK Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) accepted the commitments from online travel agents, Booking.com B.V. (“Booking.com”, and its ultimate parent company priceline.com Incorporated) and Expedia (...)

The New Zealand Competition Authority releases data on interchange and credit card settlements
New Zealand Commerce Commission (Wellington)
Commerce Commission releases data on interchange and credit card settlements* The Commission today released its ‘Evaluation of the 2009 interchange and credit card settlements’. This paper outlines the agreement the Commission reached with banks and financial institutions in relation to the (...)

The Danish Competition Authority accepts commitments concerning information exchange that might facilitate anti-competitive practices in the construction sector (Danish Construction Association)
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Competition Council accepts commitments from The Danish Construction Association regarding exchange of information agreement* On 18 December 2013 the Danish Competition Council (DCC) accepted commitments from the Danish Construction Association regarding concerns that an exchange of (...)

The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York approves the proposed class action settlement of the antitrust suit over swipe fees (Visa / MasterCard)
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP (Los Angeles)
Swipe Fee Settlement Yields More Litigation* Although the parties reached a $7.25 billion class action settlement of the antitrust suit brought by merchants against Visa and MasterCard over swipe fees, the case is far from over. The protracted legal battle centers on allegations by (...)

The EU Commission publishes its fourth report on the monitoring of patent settlements in Europe
White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Brussels)
This article has been nominated for the 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. Executive Summary On 9 December 2013, DG Comp published its fourth report on the monitoring in Europe of patent settlements. Like its predecessors, the report (...)

The US DoJ reaches plea agreement with Japanese auto parts maker for its role in alleged price-fixing and bid-rigging in the automotive parts industry (Takata)
McDermott Will & Emery (New York)
On October 10, 2013, Takata Corp. (Takata), a Japanese auto parts maker, agreed to pay a $71.3 million as part of a plea agreement for its role in an alleged conspiracy to fix prices on seat belts sold to car manufacturers. In addition, Takata agreed that the Chairman-CEO, Shigehisa Takada, (...)

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