Mitigation of fines

Anticompetitive practices

The French Competition Authority fines three sandwich manufacturers for creating a cartel (Roland Monterrat / La Toque Angevine / Daunat)
Bird & Bird (Paris)
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Bird & Bird (Paris)
The French Competition Authority (“FCA”) recently fined the three main French manufacturers of sandwiches for mass retail distribution for having implemented a volume and customer allocation plan over a six-year period and agreed on the price level to be offered to their customers (€24.5 million (...)

The Lithuanian Supreme Administrative Court upholds the Competition Authority’s decision regarding a cartel between 26 driving schools and a driving schools association
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
SUPREME ADMINISTRATIVE COURT OF LITHUANIA UPHOLDS COMPETITION AUTHORITY’S DECISION ON DRIVING SCHOOLS’ CARTELS* Driving schools and the Lithuanian association of driving schools (Association) which agreed to set prices of driving services for consumers will not avoid sanctions for cartel (...)

The French Competition Authority fines the three main manufacturers of industrial sandwiches sold under the retailer’s brand label for an anticompetitive agreement (Roland Monterrat / La Toque Angevine / Daunat)
Autorité de la concurrence (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence fines the three main French manufacturers of industrial sandwiches sold under retailer’s own brand label for anticompetitive agreement*Background The Autorité de la concurrence fines Roland Monterrat, La Toque Angevine (hereinafter "LTA") and Snacking Services (...)

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 Finnish Market Court finds that three manufacturers of expanded polystyrene engaged in a single and continuous national price-fixing cartel (Jackon Finland / UK-Muovi / Styroplast)
Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
On 3 March 2021, the Market Court agreed with the submission of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority ("FCCA"), that three manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (“EPS”), a building insulation material, had engaged in a national price fixing cartel lasting one and a half years. One of (...)

The Swedish Competition Authority gains new powers and introduces changes after the transposition of the ECN+ directive
French Competition Authority (Paris)
March 2021 marks a new era for the Swedish Competition Authority (SCA - Konkurrensverket). Major amendments to competition legislation in the country have entered into force on March 1st, introducing changes that result in increased powers for the SCA. These new amendments come as fresh air, (...)

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 imposes fines in the video games sector for geo-blocking practices (Valve / Bandai Namco / Capcom / Focus Home / Koch Media / ZeniMax)
Bird & Bird (Brussels)
One of the final cases resulting from the European Commission’s e-commerce sector enquiry has come to a conclusion. On 20 January 2021, the Directorate-General for Competition fined Valve Corporation, owner of the Steam game distribution platform, and five personal computer (PC) video game (...)

The EU Commission fines the owner of an online PC gaming platform and five publishers for entering into “geo-blocking” practices (Valve / Bandai Namco / Capcom / Focus Home / Koch Media / ZeniMax)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines Valve and five publishers of PC video games € 7.8 million for “geo-blocking” practices* The European Commission has fined Valve, owner of the online PC gaming platform “Steam”, and the five publishers Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax € 7.8 million (...)

The Polish Competition Authority fines several fitness chains for collusion (Benefit Systems / Bartosz Gibała / Platinium Wellness)
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
Collusion on the fitness market - decision by the President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny, the President of UOKiK, has imposed over PLN 32 million in financial penalties on the largest fitness chains, including Benefit Systems (operator of MultiSport cards) for a competition-restricting collusion (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority imposes a fine on the Association of human resources consulting agencies for restricting competition among its members (SZTMSZ)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
By decision of 18 December 2020, published on 1 February 2021, the Hungarian Competition Authority (“GVH”) imposed a fine of HUF 1 billion (approximately € 2.8 million) on the Association of Hungarian HR Consulting Agencies (“SZTMSZ”) for a series of anti-competitive practices. The members of (...)

The Finnish Market Court confirms that an association of driving schools has breached competition law by issuing price recommendations which sought to increase the price level of driving lessons (Uusimaa association of driving schools)
Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
On 15 December 2020, the Market Court agreed with the submission of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority ("FCCA"), that the regional association of driving schools in Finland’s most populous region, Uusimaa, ("Association") as well as the Association’s Board members, had breached (...)

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 Singaporean Competition Authority reduces fines by 20% to 70% imposed on distributors of fresh chicken engaged in a cartel (Gold Chic Poultry / Hua Kun / Toh Thye San Farm / Lee Say...)
Ashurst (Singapore)
On 4 December 2020, Singapore’s Competition Appeal Board (CAB) reduced penalties imposed on eight out of thirteen distributors of fresh chicken found to have engaged in cartel conduct in September 2018. The reduction in fines ranged from 20% to 70%. What you need to know - key takeaways While (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority reduces fines it imposed on cinema companies for forming cartel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (Theatrical Film Distribution / NCG Distribution / Forum Cinemas) Free
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
As a result of Covid-19 Pandemic, Lithuanian Competition council reduces fines imposed on cinema companies that formed cartel* The Lithuanian competition authority Konkurencijos taryba has found that the film distributor Theatrical Film Distribution and the firms NCG Distribution and Forum (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority reduces fine for price fixing due to the effects of COVID-19 pandemic (Theatrical Film Distribution / NCG Distribution / Forum Cinemas) Free
Commonwealth Secretariat (London)
It was a classic case of a price fixing cartel brought to the competition authority’s attention by a potential victim. The Lithuanian competition authority, Konkurencijos taryba, or Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania (‘Competition Council’), announced on 25 November 2020 that its (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority reduces fines imposed on a cartel of cinema companies as a measure against the COVID-19 pandemic (Theatrical Film Distribution / NCG Distribution / Forum Cinemas) Free
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
As a Result of COVID-19 Pandemic, Lithuanian Competition Council Reduces Fines Imposed on Cinema Companies That Formed Cartel* The Lithuanian competition authority Konkurencijos taryba has found that the film distributor Theatrical Film Distribution and the firms NCG Distribution and Forum (...)

The Italian Administrative Court annuls fines imposed by the Competition Authority for an alleged automotive financial services cartel (Banca / Banque PSA / Santander Consumer Bank / BMW Bank...)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 24 November 2020, the Italian Regional Administrative Court for Lazio (“IRAC”) annulled a decision issued by the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) in the automotive financial services cartel case in which a total fine of € 678 million was imposed (“Decision”). On 20 December 2019, the ICA had (...)

The Polish Competition Authority fines a music manufacturer for setting minimum online resale prices (Yamaha Music Europe)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
According to a press release of 5 November 2020, the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (the “UOKIK”) imposed a fine of PLN 511,806.92 (approximately € 114,000) on musical equipment manufacturer Yamaha for setting minimum prices at which its products could be sold by distributors (...)

The Japanese FTC closes investigation into conduct that allegedly caused all 12 members of a professional baseball association to refuse to sign contracts with certain players (Nippon Professional Baseball)
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
Closing the Investigation on the Suspected Violation of the Antimonopoly Act by Nippon Professional Baseball* The Japan Fair Trade Commission (hereinafter referred to as the “JFTC”) has investigated Nippon Professional Baseball (hereinafter referred to as the “NPB”). The NPB is the Japanese top (...)

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 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 EU Court of Justice Advocate General Hogan recommends reducing fine imposed on a company in steel abrasives cartel case (Pometon)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 8 October 2020, Advocate General (“AG”) Hogan issued his opinion in Pometon SpA v European Commission (Case C-440/19) in connection with the Steel Abrasives cartel case. In his opinion, the AG advises the Court of Justice (“ECJ”) to partially uphold the appeal in so far as the General Court (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority sanctions 5 companies with EUR 468,000 for rigging the bids on rehabilitation of the streets in Pitesti (Construct Steel Market / Construcții Drumuri și Lucrări de Artă / Comesad Drumuri / General Trust Argeș / Selca)
Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)
The Competition Council Sanctioned Five Companies With Lei 2.23 Million for Riging the Bid* The Competition Council sanctioned with fines amounting 2,237,094 lei (approx. 468,000 euro) five companies for rigging the bids on rehabilitation of the streets in Pitesti, as follows: Construct Steel (...)

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 Romanian Competition Authority fines five companies for participating in a bid rigging cartel in public tender for street refurbishment (Construct Steel Market / Construcții Drumuri și Lucrări de Artă / Comesad Drumuri / General Trust Argeș / Selca)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 24 September 2020, the Romanian Competition Council (“RCC”) imposed fines totalling € 468,000 on five companies for engaging in bid-rigging in relation to public tenders concerning the refurbishment of certain streets in the Romanian city of Pitesti. The investigation started in 2018 following (...)

The Austrian Cartel Court finds musical instrument manufacturer guilty of price fixing (Roland Germany)
Austrian Competition Authority (Vienna)
Cartel Court finds Roland Germany GmbH guilty of price fixing* The company cooperated with the AFCA within the leniency programme On 24 September 2020 the Cartel Court, acting on the Austrian Federal Competition Authority’s (AFCA) application of 2 June 2020, found Roland Germany GmbH to have (...)

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 Danish Competition Authority fines a design company for resale price maintenance (GUBI)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
According to a press release issued by the Danish Competition Authority (the “Authority”) on 18 September 2020, Danish design company GUBI A/S has entered into a settlement with the Authority and accepted to pay a fine of DKK 6 million (approximately € 800,000) for having engaged in resale price (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority sanctions the amendment of the 4th framework agreement on stowage, for restricting competition (ANESCO / CETM / UGT / CC.OO. / CIG / LAB / ELA)
Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)
The CNMC sanctions the amendment of the 4th framework agreement on stowage, for restricting competition* The entities (a business association and six unions) established, as part of the Negotiating Commission of the 4th Framework Agreement on Stowage, the forced transfer - under non-objective, (...)

The Italian Competition Authority fines four taxi firms for foreclosure of open platforms (Consortaxi / Taxi Napoli / Radio Taxi Partenope / Desa Radiotaxi) Free
Herbert Smith Freehills (Milan)
On 15 September 2020, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) found that four taxi firms had entered into an agreement having as its object the prevention of competition by app providers in Naples. Due to the seriousness of the breach of Article 101 TFEU, a request by the parties that a (...)

The US New York State Senate proposes legislation to modernize state antitrust law and expands the State’s and private litigants’ ability to litigate against companies for anticompetitive conduct (Twenty-First Century Anti-Trust Act)
Constantine Cannon (New York)
New York Could Lead the Nation Into 21st Century Antitrust Enforcement* New York is on the verge of revamping state antitrust enforcement to tackle competition issues of the 21st Century. On September 14, 2020, the Consumer Protection Committee of the New York State Senate held a virtual (...)

The Polish Competition Authority imposes penalties on producers of feed for breeding animals for engaging in market sharing and concluding restricting agreements (Polmass / Ekoplon)
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
President of UOKiK has imposed penalties of more than PLN 17 million for market division scheme* Producers of feed for breeding animals – Polmass and Ekoplon – have concluded competition-restricting agreements. They shared two markets, thus limiting customers in their free selection of products. (...)

The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal lowers with 99% a fine imposed for cartel by the Competition Authority due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (The Hague)
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Bird & Bird (Amsterdam)
The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven, “CBb”) reduced a fine imposed by the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (“ACM”) on an unidentified undertaking with 99%, from €1 million to €10.000,-. The ACM asked the court to lower the fine, after (...)

The Indian Government allows the Tax Department to share information with the Competition Authority, which shows leniency to two companies involved in cartel cases in the transport sector due to COVID-19 (automotive bearing case) (railway locomotive case) Free
National University of Study and Research in Law (Ranchi)
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National University of Study and Research in Law (Ranchi)
CCI joins forces with the Indian Tax Department: A new dawn for the Indian Fair-trade regulator?* The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the already struggling Indian economy and the sky-high growth in the cartel cases in the country comes as no surprise. However, given the current (...)

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 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 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 €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 Indian Competition Authority imposes a cease and desist on multiple rail companies guilty for cartelization but avoids fining due to companies’ size and the economic impact of COVID-19 (Chief Materials Manager, South Eastern Railway / Hindustan Composites) Free
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
Following references by procurement officials of a number of railway companies, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) found that 10 suppliers of composite brake blocks had, at least from 2009 to 2017, engaged in cartelization, by means of directly or indirectly determining prices, (...)

The Indian Competition Authority identifies cartels but does not impose any penalty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic (South Eastern Railway / Hindustan Composites) Free
Nirma University (Ahmedabad)
The Indian antitrust watchdog has changed its modus operandi in the ensuing pandemic, by taking a softer stance on cartel-like behaviour in the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. In July 2020, the Competition Commission of India (‘Commission’), while proving the existence of a (...)

The EU General Court orders that the fine imposed on a semiconductor manufacturer for its participation in a cartel in the smart card chip market be reduced by almost €6 million, from €82,784,000 to €76,871,600 (Infineon Technologies)
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The General Court orders that the fine imposed on Infineon for its participation in a cartel in the smart card chip market be reduced by almost €6 million, from €82,784,000 to €76,871,600* The Commission took insufficient account of the limited number of the anticompetitive contacts which (...)

The EU General Court reduces the fine imposed on a company for its participation in the smart card chip market by almost €6 million (Infineon Technologies)
Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
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Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
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Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
By decision of 3 September 2014, the Commission established the existence of a cartel in the smart card chip sector in the EEA from 2003 to 2005. Within said cartel, several undertakings, namely Infineon, Philips, Samsung and Renesas, had coordinated their pricing policy through a network of (...)

The Slovakian Council of the Antimonopoly Office imposes fines totalling €6,7 million for a cartel agreement between dealers of motor vehicles (Volkswagen)
Bird & Bird (Bratislava)
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Bird & Bird (Prague)
On 15 May 2020 the Council of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic ("CAOS") changed the first-instance decision of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic ("AOS") dated 3 February 2020 and imposed fines totalling of EUR 6,7 million for a cartel agreements between dealers of (...)

The EU Court of Justice partially annuls the General Court power cables cartel decision and reduces the fine imposed by €200,000 (NKT)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 May 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “Court of Justice”) partly set aside a judgment of the General Court dismissing the action brought by NKT Verwaltungs GmbH (formerly nkt cables GmbH) and NKT A/S (formerly NKT Holding A/S) (together, “NKT”) in the Power Cables cartel (...)

The EU Court of Justice partially quashes the General Court’s decision and reduces the fines on eleven producers of high voltage power cables for their participation in a global market-sharing cartel (NKT)
Ashurst (Brussels)
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Ashurst (Brussels)
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Ashurst (Brussels)
On 14 May 2020, the European Court of Justice (the "ECJ") partially quashed the General Court’s (the "GC") judgment upholding the European Commission’s ("Commission") power cables cartel decision with respect to NKT and its wholly owned subsidiary NKT Verwaltungs (together "NKT" or the (...)

The EU Commission imposes a €6.7 million fine on a Spanish hotel group for restrictions on cross-border sales of hotel accommodations by including discriminatory clauses in its agreements with tour operators (Meliá)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 21 February 2020, the European Commission (the “Commission”) announced its decision to fine Spanish hotel group Meliá € 6,678,000 for including clauses in its agreements with tour operators that discriminated between consumers based on their country of residence. According to the Commission’s (...)

The EU Commission fines hotel group for including restrictive clauses in its agreements with tour operators (Meliá)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Antitrust: Commission fines hotel group Meliá €6.7 million for discriminating between customers* The European Commission has fined Spanish hotel group Meliá €6 678 000 for including restrictive clauses in its agreements with tour operators. These clauses discriminate consumers within the European (...)

The Polish Competition Authority imposes a fine on a manufacturer of office equipment who set minimum online sale prices for its printers (Brother)
Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
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Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
In February 2020, the Polish Competition Authority (“UOKiK”) announced that in December 2019 it imposed a PLN 1.4 million fine on Brother Central & Eastern Europe (“Brother”), a manufacturer of office equipment, which set minimum online sale prices for printers. Between 2010 and 2017, Brother (...)

The Polish Competition Authority imposes a €325,000 fine on an office equipment maker for engaging in online retail price maintenance (Brother)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 11 February 2020, the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (the “UOKIK”) imposed a fine of PLN 1.4 million (approximately € 325,000) on office equipment maker Brother for online retail price maintenance (“RPM”). The UOKIK’s decision explains that, between the years 2010 and 2017, (...)

The EU Commission imposes a €14.3 million fine on a film and TV production company for restricting sales of licensed film merchandise (NBCUniversal)
Bird & Bird (Brussels)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
On 30 January 2020, the Commission imposed a fine on NBCUniversal for the restriction of sales of film merchandise relating to Minions and Shrek, among others. In June 2017, the Commission opened investigations into the licensing deals entered into by Nike, Sanrio (Hello Kitty), and (...)

The EU Commission fines a €14.3 million a film and TV production company for restricting intellectual property licensing (NBCUniversal)
Ashurst (Brussels)
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Ashurst (London)
On 30 January 2020 the European Commission ("Commission") fined NBCUniversal EUR 14,327,000 for restricting intellectual property licensees from selling licensed merchandise within the EEA to territories and customers beyond those allocated to them. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY TAKEAWAYS (...)

The EU Commission imposes a €14.3 million fine on a film and TV production company for territorial and online sale restrictions of merchandising products (NBCUniversal)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 30 January 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced its decision to fine several companies belonging to Comcast Corporation, including NBCUniversal, € 14,327,000 for limiting the ability of licensees to sell licensed merchandising products to other EEA countries and non-allocated (...)

The EU Commission reiterates in a case regarding a film and TV production company its position that if a business allows for the non-exclusive licensing of its products in the EEA the licensor can no longer control the sale of the product (NBCUniversal)
Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
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Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
The European Commission has reiterated its position that if a business allows for the non-exclusive licensing of its products in the EEA, such licensor can no longer control where, to whom, and in what manner (online/off-line) the products can be sold within the EEA. On 30 January 2020, the (...)

The EU Commission fines a film and TV production company for implementing territorial and online sales restrictions through merchandising licence agreements (NBCUniversal)
Liège University (Liège)
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Liège University (Liège)
On 30 January 2020, the European Commission (‘the Commission’) announced its decision to fine several film companies belonging to Comcast Corporation, including NBCUniversal LLC (‘Universal’), €14,327,000 for the implementation of territorial, consumer and online sales restrictions through their (...)

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 Hungarian Competition Authority fines alarm system distributors over €1.5 million for anticompetitive agreements (Paradox)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The Hungarian Competition Authority (“GVH”) fined a supplier of security alarm systems, Paradox Security Systems (“Paradox”), registered in the Bahamas, and two of its Hungarian distributors, Power Biztonságtechnikai Kereskedelmi Kft (“Power”) and Trióda Biztonságtechnika Zrt (“Trióda”), approximately (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority fines a company for anticompetitive restrictions in contracts concluded with authorised repairers of gas boilers (Vaillant)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 26 November 2019, the Spanish Competition Authority (“CNMC”) imposed total fines of € 859,763 on several companies in the Vaillant Group, suppliers and repairers of gas boilers, for a breach of Article 1 of the Spanish Competition Act for anticompetitive restrictions in contracts concluded with (...)

The EU General Court reduces the fine imposed on a company involved in a car battery recycling cartel (Campine)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 7 November 2019, the General Court (“GC”) ruled on an appeal lodged by Campine Recycling NV (“Campine”) against the Commission’s decision fining Campine € 8,158,000 for its involvement in the Car Battery Recycling cartel. In its decision, the Commission found that Campine had agreed with others to (...)

The EU General Court partially annuls the Commission’s decision in a car battery recycling cartel case finding that the Commission erred in its findings on the duration of the infringement and on the fine reduction for mitigating circumstances (Campine)
Ashurst (Brussels)
On 7 November 2019, the General Court ("GC") partially annulled with respect to Campine the Commission’s decision in the car battery recycling cartel case. While the Commission was correct to establish that Campine had participated in an unlawful cartel, the GC concluded that the Commission (...)

The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the decision of the Competition Authority sanctioning a leader in garden machinery who imposed clauses restricting online sales to its distribution network (Stihl)
Ashurst (Paris)
The Court of appeal of Paris has confirmed the decision of the French Competition Authority ("FCA") sanctioning Stihl, a manufacturer of mechanical garden equipment, for prohibiting, between 2006 and 2017, the sale of certain dangerous products on its distributors’ websites. The Court of appeal, (...)

The Australian Federal Court imposes a record fine on a shipping company guilty of cartel conduct due to the length, serious nature, and economic importance of the market (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha)
Herbert Smith Freehills (Melbourne)
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line) has received the largest criminal fine imposed under the Competition and Consumer Act, after pleading guilty to criminal cartel conduct in 2018. Justice Wigney of the Federal Court stated that the penalty “should send a powerful message to multinational (...)

The Australian Federal Court orders a transportation company to pay a $34.5 million fine for criminal cartel conduct in the supplies of shipping services market (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha)
Ashurst (Sydney)
On 2 August 2019, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd ("K-Line") was ordered by the Federal Court of Australia to pay a $34.5 million fine for criminal cartel conduct occurring between July 2009 and September 2012. K-Line’s fine is the largest ever criminal penalty to be handed down for contraventions of (...)

The UK Competition Authority imposes a record-breaking £3.7 million fine on a piano supplier for online resale price maintenance (Casio)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
According to a press release issued on 1 August 2019, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) imposed a fine of £ 3.7 million (approximately € 4.1 million) on piano supplier Casio Electronics (“Casio”) for online resale price maintenance (RPM). Between the years 2013 and 2018, Casio reportedly (...)

The EU Commission re-adopts its decision for the third time and imposes fines totalling more than €16 million on steel producers (Steel bar cartel)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 4 July 2019, the European Commission (the “Commission”) adopted for the third time a cartel decision in which it imposed total fines of more than € 16 million on five Italian manufacturers of reinforcing steel bars for concrete, namely AlfaAcciai, Feralpi Holding, Ferriere Nord, Partecipazioni (...)

The Paris Court of Appeal reduces the fines imposed on six of the companies involved in a flour cartel (Goodmills)
Bird & Bird (Paris)
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Bird & Bird (Paris)
The flour cartels judicial saga began in 2012 with a decision from the French Competition Authority (“the FCA”) under which it imposed a €242.6 million fine on 17 French and German companies for setting up a cross-border cartel between German and French millers between 2002 and 2008, and a (...)

The UK Government announces the strengthening of the powers of competition watchdogs to fine businesses who broke consumer law
Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
On 18 June 2019, the UK government published a press release announcing ’tough new powers for the competition watchdog to fine businesses directly who have broken consumer law’. This follows a request from Lord Tyrie, Chair of the Competition and Markets Authority (’CMA’), for enhanced powers to (...)

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 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 EU Court of Justice partly upholds the judgement of the EU General Court in a cartel case but sends it back to reexamine the calculation of the fine (Infineon Technologies)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 26 September 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) delivered two judgments on the appeals brought by Infineon and Philips against the General Court (“GC”)’s earlier judgments relating to the European Commission’s decision in Smart card chips cartel case. By way of background, (...)

The EU Court of Justice refers a case back to the General Court to reconsider the possibility of mitigating circumstances on the fine calculation (Infineon Technologies)
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
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Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
CJEU REFERS SMART CARD CHIPS CARTEL CASE BACK TO GCEU, DISMISSES PHILIPS APPEAL On 26 September 2018, the CJEU considered that the GCEU had not taken into account certain possibly mitigating circumstances—namely the relatively small number of Infineon’s unlawful contacts with other cartel (...)

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal dismisses the appeal brought by a manufacturer of golf equipment on the liability of anticompetitive practices but permits a small reduction of the fine (Ping)
Rosenblatt Limited (London)
UK LANDMARK COMPETITION CASE CONDEMNS ABSOLUTE INTERNET SALE BAN AS A SERIOUS BREACH OF COMPETITION LAW* Introduction The Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) handed down its judgment on 7 September 2018 in relation to an appeal by Ping Europe Limited (“Ping”) challenging the decision of the UK (...)

The EU Commission fines consumer electronics’ manufacturers a total of €111 million for resale price maintenance, granting substantial reductions in the fines through the cooperation procedure (Asus / Denon & Marantz / Philips / Pioneer)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
According to a press release and statement issued on 24 July 2018, the European Commission has, in four separate decisions, fined consumer electronics manufacturers Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer a total of €111 million for engaging in resale price maintenance during periods (...)

The Indian Competition Authority grants penalty reductions to 4 out of 6 members of a cartel guilty of bid-rigging public tenders for setting up solid waste processing plants (Nagrik Chetna Manch / Fortified Security Solutions)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
CCI passes its third leniency decision* The CCI by way of an order dated May 1, 2018 has issued its third leniency order in the case of Nagrik Chetna Manch v. Fortified Security Solutions and Ors. (Case 50 of 2015) in which it granted reduction in penalty to four out of the six leniency (...)

The Indian Competition Authority grants penalty reductions to all 3 members of a cartel in zinc-carbon dry batteries due to the members’ leniency applications, including a historic 100% penalty reduction to the first priority leniency applicant (Panasonic / Eveready / Nippo)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) grants first-ever 100 percent reduction in penalty* The CCI by its order dated April 19, 2018, has awarded a 100 (One Hundred) per cent reduction in penalty to the leniency applicant, Panasonic Energy India Co. Ltd (‘Panasonic’) in a case involving (...)

The Indian Competition Authority fines battery manufacturers for cartel after a 6-year investigation including 2 leniency applications (Eveready Industries India / Indo National / Panasonic Energy India / Association of Indian Dry Cell Manufacturer)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
CCI Penalizes Batter Manufacturers’ Admitted Cartel - Decised Its Second Leniency Case* Competition Commission of India (CCI) by an order dated 19 April 2018, in its second decision on a leniency application, has awarded a 100 (One Hundred) per cent reduction in penalty to the leniency (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority provides explanations on the calculation of the fine after its first decision was annulled on appeal in the pharmaceutical sector (Turkish Pharmacists Association)
ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
A. Introduction The Competition Board (“Board”) has recently published its reasoned decision in its reassessment of the Turkish Pharmacists Association (Türk Eczacıları Birliği) (“TPA”) case, following the annulment decision rendered by the 13th Chamber of the High State Court (“High State Court”). (...)

The Indian Competition Authority reconsiders a price fixing case referred back from the Appellate Tribunal and imposes revised fines against airline companies for fixing fuel surcharge rates for cargo transportation (Jet Airways / InterGlobe Aviation / Spice Jet)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) imposes penalty on Jet Airways, IndiGo Airlines and Spicejet for fixing fuel surcharge rates* By way of an order dated March 7, 2018, the CCI has imposed a cumulative penalty of approx. INR 54 Crores on Jet Airways (India) Ltd (‘Jet Airways’), InterGlobe (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority publishes new notices on fines in an effort to incentivise companies to cooperate in reducing their fines
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
According to the GVH’s new Notices on Fines significant advantages can be gained from cooperating with the authority* The Gazdasági Versenyhivatal (GVH - Hungarian Competition Authority) incentivises undertakings to remedy the harm caused to consumers as a result of competition law infringements (...)

The EU General Court reduces the fine after re-hearing the bathroom fixtures and fittings cartel case (Laufen Austria)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 12 September 2017, the General Court (“GC”) handed down its judgment on an appeal lodged by Laufen Austria, a bathroom equipment manufacturer, against a Commission decision in connection with the bathroom fixtures and fittings cartel case, which was referred back to it for determination by the (...)

The Australian Federal Court issues its first criminal cartel prosecution and fines a global shipping company for fixing freight rates, bid rigging and customer allocation affecting the importation of ten major vehicle brands (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha)
Ashurst (Sydney)
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Ashurst (Sydney)
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Ashurst (Brisbane)
What you need to know This is the first prosecution under Australia’s criminal cartel provisions since their introduction in 2009. In a landmark decision, the global Japanese shipping company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has been fined A$25 million for its involvement in "deliberate, (...)

The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the validity of the method applied by the French Competition Authority to fine a professional organisation of modelling agencies (Modelling sector’s main professional union)
TotalEnergies (Paris)
The method of setting fines These French guidelines specify the different steps followed by the French Competition Authority (FCA): • determination of the basic amount of the fine, depending on the seriousness of the infringements and the importance of the harm to the economy (the basic amount (...)

The Indian Competition Authority finds a professional pharmaceutical association guilty of anticompetitive conduct but refrains from imposing a fine because the association has already recently been fined for similar conduct (Karnataka Chemists and Druggists Association)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
CCI finds Karnataka Chemist and Druggists Association (KCDA) in violation of Section 3(3) of the Act* CCI by its order dated March 2, 2017 has found that KCDA violated Section 3(3) of the Act. Being prima-facie satisfied by the information filed, the CCI ordered investigation into the matter. (...)

The EU General Court rules on three actions claiming damages for alleged excessive duration of judicial proceedings (Armando Alvarez / Plasticos Espanoles / Kendrion)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 1 and 17 February 2017, the General Court (“GC”) delivered three judgments in relation to actions claiming damages for alleged excessive duration of judicial proceedings. This is the second set of judgments issued by the GC on this topic. Last month, the GC awarded Gascogne more than € 57,000 (...)

The Italian Competition Authority takes into account the compliance programs of companies in setting up the fines for having implemented anticompetitive agreement in the home ventilotherapy and home oxygentherapy supply services sector (Medicale / Medicair Italia / Medigas Italia / Sapio Life / Vitalaire Italia / Viviso...)
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
Compliance Programs – The Italian Competition Authority Highlights the Importance of an Effective Implementation and Update* On 19 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (the Authority) issued a decision concerning alleged anticompetitive agreements in the home ventilotherapy and home (...)

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 Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal rejects an application for complete stay of penalty in a cement cartel case (Binani Cement / Builders’ Association of India)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) rejects the application of Binani Cement for complete stay of penalty in Cement Cartel appeals* COMPAT by its order dated January 9, 2017 has rejected the application of Binani Cement for complete stay of penalty while its appeal against the penalty (...)

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 Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal reverses the fine against a professional association and its compliant pharmaceutical member company due to anticompetitive agreements (Maruti & Company / KCDA Karnataka Chemists & Druggists Association / Lupin)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
COMPAT set asides penalty imposed on Lupin and its office bearers* COMPAT vide order dated December 07, 2016 while setting aside the order dated July 28, 2016 of CCI has quashed the penalty of Rs 73 Crores imposed on Lupin Ltd. (“Lupin”) and its two officials for alleged anticompetitive (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal reverses the Competition Authority’s fine on pharmaceutical companies in a bid-rigging case (GlaxoSmithKline / Sanofi)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
COMPAT sets aside penalty against GSK Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (GSK) and Sanofi Ltd. (Sanofi) for alleged bid-rigging in procurement of meningitis vaccine for Haj and Umrah pilgrims by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare* COMPAT by its order dated November 8, 2016, has set aside the penalty (...)

The Beijing High Court rejects an appeal in China’s first follow-on private action against six infant formula suppliers for engaging in resale price maintenance (Junwei Tian / Carrefour / Abbott)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hong Kong)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hong Kong)
In one of the most notable decisions at the end of last year, the Beijing High Court rejected an appeal in China’s first follow-on private action in Junwei Tian v. Beijing Carrefour Shuangjing Store and Abbott Shanghai. The claim followed the decision in 2013 of China’s National Development and (...)

The Indian Competition Authority fines a professional association and its compliant pharmaceutical member company for anticompetitive agreements (Maruti & Company / KCDA Karnataka Chemists & Druggists Association / Lupin)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
CCI again fines Pharma Company for Anti-Competitive Activities * The Competition Commission of India (“CCI/ Commission”) by way of its order dated 28.07.2016 has found the Karnataka Chemists and Druggist Association (“KCDA”) , Lupin Ltd. (“Lupin”) and their Office bearers to be in contravention of (...)

The EU General Court rules that a parent company cannot be held liable for aggravated circumstances of a subsidiary’s conduct prior to the date of its acquisition (Parker Hannifin)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Under settled case law, a subsidiary and its parent company may be regarded as forming a single economic unit for the purpose of EU competition law. In such case, the Commission may be entitled to hold the parent company jointly and severally liable for the unlawful conduct of its subsidiary (...)

The EU Court of Justice holds that the Commission is entitled when calculating a fine to refer to the last business year that corresponds to a full year of normal activity (Pre-stressing steel cartel)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Under Article 23(2) of the Regulation on the Implementation of the Rules on Competition, a fine imposed for competi- tion law infringements should not exceed 10 percent of the undertaking’s total turnover in the business year preceding the decision in which the Commission imposes the fine. In (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal cancels fines for bid rigging against 12 ordnance factory suppliers due to lack of evidence and investigation errors by the Competition Authority and clarifies that identical bids are not prima facie collusive (Narendra Explosive)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
COMPAT sets-aside penalty imposed on 12 suppliers to ordnance factories for indulging in cartelization for supplying raw material that is used for manufacturing of 81 mm bomb* COMPAT by its order dated May 10, 2016 has set-aside the order of CCI where it had imposed a penalty to the tune of (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal cancels a fine for anticompetitive agreement against a pharmaceutical company due to lack of evidence of the said agreement (Alkem / AKCDA)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
COMPAT sets aside CCI’s penalty on Alkem Laboratories for indulging in anti-competitive practices* COMPAT by its order dated May 10, 2016 has set-aside the order of CCI in so far as it had held that Alkem Laboratories Limited (Alkem) for violation of Section 3(1) of the Act and had imposed a (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal sends a case back to the Competition Authority due to failure to give defendants notice for appeal before imposing fines and violating the principle of natural justice (Jet Airways / InterGlobe Aviation / Spice Jet)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
COMPAT sets-aside penalty imposed on domestic airlines and remands the matter back to the CCI* COMPAT by its order dated April 18, 2016 set-aside the penalty imposed on three domestic airlines by the CCI for alleged cartelization and remanded the matter back to the CCI for passing appropriate (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal annuls a fine for alleged collusion by a professional transport association due to lack of evidence by the Competition Authority (Indian Foundation of Transport Research & Training / All India Motor Transport Congress)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
COMPAT sets-aside penalty imposed on All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) for alleged increases of transport rates in collusion* COMPAT by its order dated April 18, 2016 has set-aside the order of CCI where AIMTC was penalized for allegedly exhorting truck transporters for increasing (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal annuls a bid-rigging fine for multi-product companies who are fined only on their case product turnover and identical prices are not prima facie illegal (DG S&D / A. R. Polymers)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) sets-aside penalty imposed on Jungle Boot suppliers for alleged bid rigging* COMPAT by its order dated April 12, 2016 has set-aside the penalty imposed on suppliers of Polyester Blended Duck Ankle Boot Rubber Sole/ Appellants (Jungle Boots) against (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal asks the Competition Authority to reconsider big-rigging fines issued against 47 manufacturers (ECP / SKN / IOCL India Oil)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) directs Competition Commission of India (CCI) to reconsider penalties imposed on LPG manufacturers* COMPAT by its order dated March 1, 2016 has directed CCI to reconsider penalties imposed on the 47 LPG manufactures for bigrigging in procurement of 14.2 (...)

The EU Court of Justice overturns the General Court’s judgement reducing a fine imposed on companies engaged in a cartel behaviour on the basis that it exceeded its jurisdiction by considering facts not previously introduced (Galp)
McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
EU COURT OF JUSTICE REDUCES CARTEL FINE: GENERAL COURT OF THE EU EXCEEDED ITS JURISDICTION* The Court of Justice of the European Union (Court),the EU’s highest court, recently issued a judgment in case C-603/13 P, Galp Energía España SA and others v Commission, reducing the fine imposed on (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal cancels a fine for anticompetitive conduct against a pharmaceutical association due to infringement of the principles of natural justice during an investigation by the Competition Authority (Rohit Medical Store / HPCDA Himachal Pradesh Chemist & Druggist Alliance)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
COMPAT sets-aside penalty imposed on Himachal Pradesh Chemist & Druggist Alliance (HPCDA) on account of failure to observe principles of natural justice during investigation by the DG* COMPAT, by its order dated January 13, 2016, has set-aside the penalty imposed by the CCI on HPCDA and (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal sends cement cartel case back to the Competition Authority because of failure to ensure compliance with principles of natural justice (Binani Cement / Builders’ Association of India)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
Competition Appellate Tribunal sets aside the order of Competition Commission of India against cement cartel* The Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) vide its recent order dated December 11, 2015 while allowing the appeals of the 10 appellants has set aside the order of the Competition (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal cancels fine due to the lack of evidence against individual executive member of charged association and investigation errors (Swapan Kumar Karak)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
COMPAT quashes penalty for individual liability imposed on a member of Executive Committee of a pharmaceutical distributors’ association* COMPAT vide its order dated December 7, 2015 set-aside the penalty of INR 47, 63,579/- imposed by CCI on Shri Swapan Kumar Karak (Director, Karak (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal cancels a fine for boycott by a pharmaceutical association due to the wholesaler’s own conduct and lack of anticompetitive effect (Arora Medical Hall / Ferozepur Chemists & Druggists Association)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
Competition Appellate Tribunal sets aside the penalty imposed by CCI against Chemist and Druggist Association, Ferozepur* COMPAT by its judgment dated 30 October 2015 over-ruled the order penalizing Chemist and Druggist Association, Ferozepur, Punjab in a case filed by Arora Medical Hall, (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal dismisses allegations of anticompetitive conduct against film chamber of commerce due to mistakes in investigation by the Competition Authority (Cinergy Independent Film Service / Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
Competition Appellate Tribunal set asides the penalty imposed by CCI against Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce* Competition Appellate Tribunal (“COMPAT”)in its judgment dated October 14, 2015 set aside the penalty of INR 12.89 lacs imposed by CCI on Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce (...)

The EU General Court confirms the decision of the Commission sanctioning a cartel on the market for cathode ray tubes but reduces the fines for some undertakings (Panasonic / Samsung / LG / Philips / Toshiba)
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The General Court reduces the fines imposed by the Commission on Panasonic and on Toshiba for their participation in a cartel on the European market for tubes for television sets* However, it confirms the fines imposed on the other members of the cartel By decision of 5 December 2012, [1] the (...)

The EU General Court reduces the fines imposed by the Commission on three members of a EU pre-stressing steel market cartel (Pre-stressing steel cartel)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 15 July 2015, the General Court (“GC”) largely upheld the EU Commission’s decision in the pre-stressing steel cartel case in ten judgments on 12 separate appeals brought against the decision. However, the GC reduced the fine imposed on several applicants on the grounds that (i) the Commission (...)

The US DoJ awards a company sentencing credit for implementing an effective compliance program after the launch of an investigation in the alleged forex cartel conspiracy (Barclays)
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
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US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
As spring gives way to summer, the first “green shoots” signaling the willingness of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice to credit compliance programs have emerged. For the first time ever, the Division has awarded a company sentencing credit for implementing an effective (...)

The Lithuanian Supreme Administrative Court reduces fine in the shipbrokers cartel case (Lithuanian Shipbrokers Association)
Walless (Vilnius)
On 4 March 2015, Lithuanian Supreme administrative Court issued the second decision in the Lithuanian Shipbrokers and Agents Association cartel case. In 2011, the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania fined the Lithuanian Shipbrokers and Agents Association (the Association) and 32 (...)

The Spanish Supreme Court issues a landmark judgment regarding the interpretation of the 10% turnover limit for cartel fines (BCN Aduanas y Transportes)
Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
The Supreme Court (SC) has partially confirmed the interpretation followed by the National High Court (NHC) over the last two years regarding the limit of 10% of the company’s turnover established under Article 63 (1) of the Spanish Competition Act (SCA) for the calculation of fines. In its (...)

The Spanish Supreme Court rules on the discussed criteria for calculating fines due to infringements in competition law (BCN Aduanas y Transportes / Bofill Arnán)
DLA Piper (Madrid)
On 29 January 2015, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled in the judicial proceedings raised by "BCN Aduanas and Transportes, S.L." against the decision of the Spanish Competition Commission (SCC), dated on 3 December 2011, pursuant to the sanctioning proceedings S/0269/10 (the "Decision"). This (...)

The EU General Court confirms that the French Council of Pharmacists has infringed art. 101 TFEU but reduces the EC’s fine slightly (Ordre national des pharmaciens)
Stephenson Harwood (London)
Background Under French law, clinical biology analyses may only be carried out in dedicated laboratories under the supervision of a biological doctor or pharmacist. Biological pharmacists hold 95% of the cumulated share of that service market . The National Council of Pharmacists (“Ordre (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority sanctions a collective boycott aimed at the elimination of a competitor from the market (Brand Programming Network)
DLA Piper (Bucharest)
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DLA Piper (Bucharest)
Introduction The Romanian Competition Council ("RCC") published in January 2015 a decision ("RCC Decision") pursuant to an investigation concerning an alleged cartel on the market for media buying services ("RCC Investigation"). The RCC Investigation involved a significant number of companies (...)

The EU General Court reduces fines for three groups in candle wax cartel case (Sasol / Esso / ExxonMobil / RWE)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 11 July 2014, the General Court (“GC”) handed down three judgments reducing the fines imposed by the Commission’s decision of 1 October 2008 in the candle wax cartel case following appeals lodged by Sasol, Esso France and ExxonMobil, and RWE AG. On 1 October 2008, the Commission imposed fines (...)

The Polish Competition Authority reduces severe penalty imposed by its President for obstructing inspections during a dawn raid (Polkomtel)
Affre i Wspólnicy (Warsaw)
On 18 June 2014, the Polish Court for the Competition and Consumer Protection (“SOKiK”) changed the decision issued by the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (“NCA”) in which Polish mobile telecom operator (Polkomtel) was fined for non-cooperation in the course of a dawn (...)

The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal quashes a judgement of the District Court of Rotterdam in relation to fines imposed by the Competition Authority on an undertaking for breaching a seal during a dawn raid investigation (LHV)
Simmons & Simmons (Brussels)
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Simmons & Simmons (Amsterdam)
Introduction On 3 June 2014, the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (the “CBb”) quashed a judgement of the District Court Rotterdam (the “District Court”) in relation to a fine imposed by – the predecessor of – the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (the “ACM”). The fine had been (...)

The EU General Court dismisses appeal in heat stabilisers cartel (Reagens)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 May 2014, the General Court (GC) issued its judgment dismissing an appeal brought by Reagens against a Commission decision of 11 November 2009 fining 24 companies over € 173 million for operating a cartel on the market for heat stabilisers (see VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2009, No. 11). (...)

The Australian Federal Court imposes a penalty of $3 million against a supplier of ball bearings for engaging in cartel conduct (NSK)
University of New South Wales (Sydney)
This article was originally published on In Competition by King & Wood Mallesons (click here). ACCC bears down on cartels* On 13 May 2014, the Federal Court imposed a penalty of $3 million against NSK Australia, a supplier of ball bearings, for engaging in cartel conduct. The proceedings (...)

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The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal increases the Competition Authority’s fine imposed on a musical instrument firm for abuse of dominant position (Roland)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CAT increases fine after musical instrument firm breaks settlement bargain* The CMA has welcomed a Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment dismissing an appeal against a fine it imposed, instead increasing the fine from £4m to £5m. In June 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) fined (...)

The US DoJ announces that a ready-mix concrete company admitted to fixing prices and rigging bids (Argos USA)
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
Ready-Mix Concrete Company Admits to Fixing Prices and Rigging Bids in Violation of Antitrust Laws* Argos USA LLC, a producer and seller of ready-mix concrete headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, was charged with participating in a conspiracy to fix prices, rig bids, and allocate markets for (...)

The Czech Competition Authority rejects an appeal from a collecting society for music authors and confirms the fine for abuse of dominant position (Osa)
Bird & Bird (Prague)
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Bird & Bird (Prague)
The Czech Office for the Protection of Competition ("Office") published a press release (without publishing the full decisions yet) regarding the rejection of the appeal of the collecting society for music authors’ rights OSA - Ochranný svaz autorský pro práva k dílům hudebním, z.s. ("OSA"), and (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority fines a business-to-business food re-seller for imposing unfair trading practices on its suppliers but reduces the fine in light of cooperation, company’s small size, and the company’s importance for the national island tourism sector (Jadranka trgovina)
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
Unfair Trading Practices: Cca Imposes HRK 85,000 Fine on Jadranka Trgovina* The Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) opened three ex officio infringement proceedings against Jadranka trgovina within the meaning of the Act on prohibition of unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food (...)

The EU General Court upholds the Commission’s decision finding that the national railway company of Lithuania abused its dominant position on the national rail freight market (Lietuvos geležinkelai)
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The General Court upholds the Commission’s decision finding that the national railway company of Lithuania abused its dominant position on the Lithuanian rail freight market* Lietuvos geležinkeliai AB (‘LG’), the national railway company of Lithuania, both manages railway infrastructure and (...)

The EU General Court maintains Commission decision finding that a Lithuanian railway company abused its dominant position on the national rail freight sector (Lietuvos geležinkelai)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 18 November 2020, the General Court (“GC”) issued its judgment confirming the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision to fine Lithuanian Railways for the abuse of its dominant position on the Lithuanian rail freight market. The GC rejected all of the appellant’s complaints, but reduced the (...)

The EU General Court confirms the Commission’s decision finding that a national rail company abused its dominant position on the market (Lietuvos geležinkelai)
ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
The Factors Affecting the Use of Essential Facilities Doctrine in Light of the Lithuanian Railway v Commission Decision: A Comparison with the Turkish Practice and Potential Implications 1) Introduction On November 18, 2020, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) upheld the (...)

The Polish Competition Authority fines manufacturer of musical equipment for resale price maintenance (Yamaha Music Europe)
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
Decision of the President of UOKiK on overpricing of Yamaha musical equpiment* For 13 years, Yamaha Music Europe has been setting minimum prices for resale of musical equipment in online stores in Poland with its distributors. President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny imposed a fine of half a million (...)

The Ankara Administrative Court upholds the fines imposed by the Competition Authority on two electricity sales companies for abuse of dominance and annuls it for a third company (RESCs / AYEDAŞ)
ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
(1) Introduction In 2018, in its Enerjisa decision, the Turkish Competition Board (“ Board ”) had imposed administrative fines amounting to a total of TRY 143 million on three retail electricity sales companies (namely AYESAŞ, BAŞKENT and TOROSLAR) (together, the “ RESCs ”) and one electricity (...)

The Italian Competition Authority sanctions a telecommunications company for having undertaken a complex abusive strategy aimed at hindering the entry of the new infrastructure competitors in the broadband communication services sector (Telecom Italia)
Bird & Bird (Rome)
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Bird & Bird (Rome)
The Italian Antitrust Authority ("ICA") launched in June 2017 a proceeding for alleged violations of Article 102 TFEU committed by Telecom Italia ("TI") - through a complex abusive strategy aimed at a double purpose: in the retail market, to make its customer base less contestable by other (...)

The Italian Competition Authority applies the doctrine of essential facilities to a refusal to grant a copyright licence (Società Iniziative Editoriali)
Giannino SI (Monserrato)
Applying the doctrine of essential facilities to IP assets in the SIE case (decision no. 26312 of 21 December 2016, Case A503 Società Iniziative Editoriali/Servizi di rassegna stampa della Provincia di Trento- SIE), the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) found that a publisher infringed (...)

The French Supreme Court recalls the maximum fine incurred by associations compared to companies and clarifies the concept of undertaking underlying such distinction (ECMA)
Epex Spot (Paris)
In its confirmatory ruling issued on 8 February 2017, the French judicial supreme court (Cour de cassation, chambre commerciale, hereafter the “Supreme Court”) specifies that the concept of “undertaking” used to subject any entity engaged in an economic activity, whatever its legal form, to the (...)

The Indian Competition Authority finds the largest national commercial real estate developer guilty of abuse of dominance for the second time in a short period but refrains from imposing a second fine (DLF)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
CCI again finds DLF abusing its dominant position* CCI by its order dated January 04, 2017 has found DLF and its group entities abusing its dominant position by imposing unfair and discriminatory conditions /prices on Informants in violation of Section 4 of the Act. The case was filed by Shri (...)

The Indian Competition Appellate Tribunal cancels fine for abuse of dominance against coal company due to the Indian Competition Authority’s failure to uphold the principle of natural justice (Coal India)
Vaish Associates Advocates (New Delhi)
COMPAT sets-aside penalty of INR 1,773 Crores penalty on Coal India Limited (CIL) by CCI* COMPAT by its order dated May 17, 2016 has set aside CCI’s order dated April 15, 2014 wherein CCI had fined Coal India Limited for imposing unfair and discriminatory conditions in its fuel supply (...)

The US DoJ recommends a significantly reduced fine for an auto parts manufacturer accused of bid-rigging and price-fixing (Kayaba Industry)
Jones Day (Houston)
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Jones Day (Washington DC)
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Jones Day (Chicago)
The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended a significantly reduced fine for an auto parts defendant accused of bid-rigging and price-fixing, based largely on the defendant’s having quickly instituted a rigorous antitrust compliance program – even though only after the government initiated its (...)

The Paris Court of Appeal reduces the fine imposed by the Competition Authority on the national railway for abuse of dominance (SNCF)
Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris)
In its decision no. 12-D-25 of 18 December 2012, the Autorité de la Concurrence (the French competition authority - "FCA") fined the French national railway SNCF nearly EUR 61 million for 5 counts of abusive practices in the railway freight sector and ordered the company to cease the (...)

Mergers

The Italian Competition Authority fines three energy companies for late merger control notification (Acea / Mediterranea Energia / Alma)
Giannino SI (Monserrato)
In Pescara Distribuzione Gas the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) has found Acea, Mediterranea Energia (ME) and Alma CIS (Alma) guilty of gun-jumping for late merger control notification. They violated Article 16(1) of the Law no. 287/1990 whereby mergers exceeding the statutory dimensional (...)

The Czech Supreme Administrative Court rejects moderation of fine imposed for gun-jumping in the energy sector (Armex Oil)
Skils (Prague)
On 14 September 2020, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) granted a cassation appeal lodged by the Czech Office for Protection of Competition (Office) against the previous judgment of the Regional Court in Brno of 5 June 2019 (Ref.No. 29 Af 96/2016) relating to the proceedings conducted by (...)

The Czech Supreme Court decides on clearly disproportionate fines for unauthorized acquisition (Armex Oil)
Bird & Bird (Prague)
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Bird & Bird (Prague)
Supreme Administrative Court decides on clearly disproportionate fines for unauthorized acquisition. In 2013, the company ARMEX Oil acquired an ownership interest in the company TRANSCARGO without notifying the Competition Protection Office ("Office") and awaiting its approval. Two years (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority allows payment of a gun-jumping fine in installments due to the COVID-19 outbreak (Hospital Particular do Algarve) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
In September 2019, the Portuguese Competition Authority (“AdC”) imposed a fine of € 155,000 on Hospital Particular do Algarve (“HPA”) for gun-jumping, finding that HPA had acquired sole control of Hospital de São Gonçalo de Lagos without the AdC’s prior approval. The AdC has recently announced that it (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority fines a hospital for gun-jumping but accepts payment of the fine in multiple installments to avoid negatively affecting the hospital’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic (Hospital Particular do Algarve) Free
Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
AdC fines Hospital Particular do Algarve for gun-jumping* The AdC fined Hospital Particular do Algarve, SA (HPA) in the total amount of 155,000 euros for acquiring sole control of Hospital de S. Gonçalo de Lagos S.A. (HSGL) without prior notification of the acquisition and, consequently, (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority imposes a fine on a fruit-wholesaler for gun-jumping (Nufri)
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
NUFRI, Sociedad Agraria de Transformación, has been fined by the CNMC for implementing a merger prior to its notification. In the beginning of the year, NUFRI acquired fruit-based products’ manufacturer Grupo Indulleida. The transaction was only pre-notified on 15 April 2019 and, subsequently, (...)

Procedures

The UK Court of Appeal clarifies the ability of parties that settle EU Commission antitrust investigations to challenge the Commission’s findings in follow-on damages actions (Trucks cartel)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important judgment clarifying the ability of parties that settle European Commission (Commission) antitrust investigations to challenge the Commission’s findings in follow-on damages actions. The judgment concerns an appeal relating to a preliminary issue (...)

The UK Court of Appeal dismisses an appeal relating to the evidential weight to be given to recitals to an EU Commission infringement decision issued under the settlement procedure (Trucks cartel)
Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
On 11 November 2020, the Court of Appeal emphatically dismissed an appeal brought by five truck manufacturers against a judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") handed down in March 2020 relating to the evidential weight to be given to recitals to a European Commission infringement (...)

The UK Competition Authority lowers discount in fines for resale price maintenance leniency applicants
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 24 September 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) modified its leniency guidelines so that companies that apply for leniency after the opening of a retail price maintenance (“RPM”) investigation should only expect to receive a maximum 50% discount in fines. Previously, the (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority updates its guidelines on the calculation of fines
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
Guidelines of the Belgian Competition Authority on the calculation of fines* As a result of the Royal Decree of 31 July 2020 published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 12 August 2020, the new Article IV.79 of the Code of Economic Law (CEL) entered into force on 22 August 2020. Pursuant to (...)

The Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation publishes anti-monopoly guidelines on leniency and commitments
Jones Day (Beijing)
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Jones Day (Beijing)
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Jones Day (Beijing)
The Anti-Monopoly Bureau of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) released four sets of long-awaited anti-monopoly guidelines. This White Paper addresses the Guidelines on Application of Leniency Program in Horizontal Monopoly Agreement Cases and the Guidelines on (...)

The US Congress approves the renewal and permanent extension of the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
On June 25, 2020, Congress approved the renewal and permanent extension of the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act (ACPERA or “the Act”), which limits the civil damages exposure of companies that cooperate with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in selfreporting their own (...)

The US DoJ welcomes the Congressional reauthorization of the antitrust criminal penalty enhancement and reform act
US Department of Justice - Antitrust Division (Washington)
Department of Justice Applauds Congressional Passage Of Reauthorization Of The Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement And Reform Act* On June 25, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed identical bills, H.R. 7036 and S. 3377, to repeal the sunset provision of the Antitrust Criminal (...)

The Lithuanian Parliament amends the Competition Act with regard to such matters as independence, resources, powers and sanctions, in line with provisions of the Directive of the EU Parliament and Council
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
Competition Law Amendments Will Ensure More Effective Competition Enforcement in Lithuania* Today Seimas adopted amendments to the Law on Competition which will transpose the provisions of the Directive of the European Parliament and Council into national law, ensuring uniform regulation of (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority publishes its policy on recommended pecuniary penalties for anti-competitive conduct
Hong Kong Competition Commission
Competition Commission publishes Policy on Recommended Pecuniary Penalties for anti-competitive conduct* The Competition Commission (Commission) today published a policy on recommended pecuniary penalties (Policy) for anti-competitive conduct. The Policy outlines the general principles and (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority publishes guidelines on compliance programmes
Ashurst (Madrid)
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Ashurst (Madrid)
Spanish authority publishes compliance guidance The Spanish competition authority ("CNMC") has published a "Guide on Regulatory Compliance Programmes in Relation to Competition Law" (the "Compliance Guide") which provides guidance on the circumstances in which internal compliance programmes (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority imposes a fine of €1.84 million on a company for failing to comply with the duty to cooperate during an on-site investigation (Onderneming)
Bird & Bird (The Hague)
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Bird & Bird (Amsterdam)
On 10 December 2019 , the Authority for Consumers & Markets ("ACM") imposed a fine of € 1,84 million on a company for the failure to comply with the duty to cooperate as laid down in Article 5:20(1) of the Dutch General Administrative Law Act ("GALA"). ACM found that during an on-site (...)

The EU General Court annuls a decision due to the Commission’s failure to sufficiently explain the methodology relied upon in calculating the fine (HSBC)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Euro interest rate derivatives cartel case On 24 September 2019, the General Court issued a judgment on an appeal lodged by HSBC against the European Commission’s (the “Commission”) decision fining HSBC € 33.6 million for its involvement in the Euro Interest Rate Derivatives cartel case (Case (...)

The EU General Court annuls a cartel fine imposed by the Commission due to insufficient motivation (HSBC)
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (Brussels)
The General Court of the EU annuls cartel fine imposed to HSBC by the Commission due to insufficient motivation (Judgment of the General Court of the EU of 24 September 2019 in Case T-105/17 HSBC Holdings plc, HSBC Bank plc, HSBC France v Commission). In December 2016, the Commission adopted a (...)

The Polish Supreme Court confirms a telecommunications company liability for delaying a dawn raid but reduces the fine (T.S.A)
Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
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Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
On 10 September 2019, the Polish Supreme Court issued a landmark judgement in which it clarified the applicable rules during a company inspection by the Polish Competition and Consumer Protection Office (UOKiK). As the UOKiK regularly conducts (unannounced) company inspections (or ’dawn raids’), (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority publishes a cooperation and settlement policy expanding its leniency program
Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong)
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Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong)
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Hogan Lovells (Beijing)
On 29 April 2019, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (’HKCC’) published the Cooperation and Settlement Policy for Undertakings Engaged in Cartel Conduct (’Cooperation Policy’). In essence, the Cooperation Policy expands HKCC’s Leniency Policy, published in November 2015, just before the full (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority publishes a cooperation and settlement policy to complement its existing leniency framework
Hong Kong Competition Commission
The Commission has published a Cooperation and Settlement Policy for Undertakings Engaged in Cartel Conduct (Cooperation Policy) as a supplement to its existing Leniency Policy for Undertakings Engaged in Cartel Conduct (Leniency Policy) and Enforcement Policy. Under the Cooperation Policy, (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority publishes guidelines on its simplified settlement procedure
Bird & Bird (The Hague)
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Bird & Bird (Amsterdam)
On 21 December 2018, the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (“ACM”) published guidelines on its simplified settlement procedure (“Settlement Guidelines”). This procedure may be followed if the ACM intends to impose a fine and the undertaking or person involved is prepared to admit to the (...)

The French Competition Authority publishes a notice clarifying the settlement procedure in competition cases
Jones Day (Paris)
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Jones Day (Paris)
In December 2018, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") published a notice clarifying the FCA’s settlement procedure in competition cases ("Notice"). The FCA’s General Rapporteur may offer settlement to companies that agree not to challenge the allegations made against them in the statement of (...)

The UK Competition Authority issues updated guidance on the appropriate amount of penalties to be imposed for infringements of competition law
White & Case (London)
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White & Case (London)
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White & Case (Brussels)
On 18 April 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority issued updated guidance on the appropriate amount of penalties to be imposed for infringements of competition law in the UK. This replaces the previous guidance issued by the Office of Fair Trading (which the CMA replaced in 2014) and (...)

The OECD holds a roundtable on competition and sanctions in antitrust cases
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
Competition authorities have imposed substantial fines for competition law violations over the last few decades. Several common steps are observed in setting fines: (i) determination of basic fine; (ii) adjustments (including aggravating and mitigating circumstances); (iii) comparisons to (...)

The Japanese FTC and the EU Commission announce their intention to upgrade the current antitrust co-operation agreement between Japan and the EU
Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
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Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
ENHANCED SHARING OF ANTITRUST EVIDENCE: NEW EU/JAPAN COOPERATION AGREEMENT* On 15 March 2016, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) and the European Commission (Commission) announced their intention to upgrade the current antitrust co-operation agreement between Japan and the European Union. (...)

The Ukrainian Competition Authority adopts recommendations for a new approach to calculating fines for competition law infringements
Arzinger (Kiev)
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine Adopted the Methodology for the Fines Calculation* On 15 September 2015, the Ukrainian competition authority, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (the AMCU), adopted Recommendations on approaches for calculation of fines for competition law infringements (...)

The Spanish Supreme Court declares illegal the criteria applied by the Competition Authority to calculate competition fines (BCN Aduanas y Transportes)
Uria Menéndez (Brussels)
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Uria Menéndez (Madrid)
On 29 January 2015 the Spanish Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling clarifying the criteria to be applied by the Spanish Competition Authority (the “Authority”) when setting fines in national proceedings. This position has been confirmed in subsequent rulings. Since the entry into force in (...)

The UK High Court strikes out a claim for restitution at common law (Lindum)
Manchester University (Manchester)
The case arise out the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) decision, dated 21 September 2009 (the Decision), in which the OFT imposed an excessive monetary penalty on Lindum at al. The Decision was open to a statutory appeal. However, the parties did not appeal and the deadline has lapsed. The parties (...)

The EU General Court dismisses an action for annulment on a claim of the excessive length of the proceedings since the applicant did not show any negative consequences impeding the right to a fair trial (Reagens)
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
Case T-30/10 Reagens SpA v Commission: unsubstantiated pleas and length of proceedings The General Court’s judgment in Case T-30/10 Reagens SpA v Commission EU:T:2014:253 (alternative link here) doesn’t really break new ground. But it does remind applicants of a few basic truths. In some ways (...)

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