The GC reduces Servier’s fine by more than Euro 100 million

In case T-691/14, the General Court of the European Union (the “GC”) has reduced Servier’s fine for abuse of dominance position through a pay-for-delay practice by €102.67 million. According to the GC, the European Commission (the “Commission”) incorrectly defined the relevant market and it erroneously limited the market to perindopril, while it should have included…

Google fined €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices

On 18 July, 2018, the European Commission fined Google a record €4.3 billion fine for imposing restrictions on Android device makers and mobile network operators. It must now put an end to this conduct within 90 days or face penalty payments. The commission’s Directorate-General for Competition formally launched the investigation in 2015, after receiving several…

Cartel settlements: the European Commission fines maritime car carriers and car parts suppliers a total of €546 million

  On February 21, 2018, in three separate settlement decisions, the European Commission fined four maritime car carriers €395 million, two suppliers of spark plugs €76 million, and two suppliers of braking systems €75 million for having concluded anti-competitive agreements in breach of article 101 TFEU. I. Maritime car carriers The Commission found that the…

The European Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for exclusivity rebates

The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets. According to the Commission, its exclusivity rebates with Apple illegally shut out rivals from the 4G baseband chipsets market. Baseband chipsets are used in smartphones and tablets to connect them to mobile networks for voice and data transmission. LTE…

The Commission fines five car safety equipment suppliers

The European Commission has fined Tokai Rika, Takata, Autoliv, Toyoda Gosei and Marutaka a total of € 34 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. The five suppliers acknowledged their involvement in the cartels and agreed to settle the case. Takata was not fined for three of the cartels as it revealed their existence to the…

The trucks cartel: the Commission fines Scania €880 523 000

On September 27, 2017, the European Commission found that Scania broke EU antitrust rules. The collusion concerned the new emission technologies required by the Euro III to Euro VI environmental standards, specifically coordination on timing and coordination on passing on of costs of emission technologies for trucks compliant with newly introduced emissions standards. The infringement…

Cartel settlement: the European Commission fines car lighting system producers €27 million

On June 21, 2017, the European Commission has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of €26.744.000 for participating in an automotive lighting cartel. The cartel concerned the supply of vehicle lighting systems, that include parts such as headlamps or daytime running lights, to manufacturers of passenger and commercial vehicles after the end of mass…

THE COURT OF APPEAL OF PARIS REVERSES THE GOOGLE JUDGMENT IN THE MAP PLUGIN SECTOR

On 25 November 2015, the Court of Appeal of Paris allowed the appeal of Google against a first instance decision granting damages to Evermaps for abuse of dominant position of Google. The two companies are direct competitors in the online map sector, as both companies offer a mapping service that allows users to embed a…

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION FINES A CARTEL IN THE RETAIL PACKAGING TRAYS MARKET

The European Commission has fined ten undertakings participating in five different cartels in the market of retail packaging trays. Eight manufacturers (Huhtamäki of Finland, Nespak and Vitembal of France, Silver Plastics of Germany, Coopbox, Magic Pack and Sirap-Gema of Italy and Linpac of the UK) and two distributors (Ovarpack of Portugal and Propack of the…

ANTITRUST AUTHORITIES OF ITALY, FRANCE AND SWEDEN ACCEPT BOOKING.COM’S COMMITMENTS

The Italian, French and Swedish Antitrust Authorities, in coordination with the European Commission, have accepted the commitments submitted by Booking.com. The three national watchdogs launched domestic investigations on the online travel agent in 2014, to which followed a market test of the European Commission. The main concern of these investigations were the so-called “parity clauses”…