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…

Cathode ray tube appeals: the ECJ rejects LG and Philips’ appeals

On September 15, 2017, the ECJ rejected LG Electronics’ (“LG”) and Philips Electronics’ (“Philips”) appeals against the General Court’s judgment of 2015 that confirmed the Commission’s infringement decision in the cathode ray tube (“CRT”) cartel. The judgment today ends the companies’ fight against the 2012 fines for their involvement in the cartel by the CRT manufacturing joint venture…

Online sales ban on golf clubs: the CMA has fined Ping £1.45m

On 24 August 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) adopted an infringement decision against the Golf club manufacturer Ping Europe Limited (“Ping”) for banning UK retailers from selling its golf clubs online. More precisely, Ping was found to breach Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 101 TFEU by preventing two UK…

The ECJ confirms the €61.44 million fine against Toshiba for its participation in the GIS cartel

On 6 July 2017, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has rejected Toshiba’s appeal against the judgment of the General Court of 19 January 2016 and upheld the €61.44 million fine imposed by the Commission against Toshiba (of which €4.65 million jointly and severally with Mitsubishi) for its participation in the gas insulated switchgear (“GIS”)…

Google Shopping: the European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for abusing dominance as search engine

On June 27, 2017, the European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for having abused its alleged market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to its comparison shopping service. According to the Commission, Google is dominant in the search engine market by providing search results to consumers who pay for the…

Spanish raw tobacco cartel: the Commission adopts an amending decision

On June 20, the European Commission has adopted an amending decision concerning the Spanish raw tobacco cartel. In 2004, the Commission fined five companies active in the Spanish raw tobacco market a total of €20 million for fixing the prices paid to, and the quantities bought from, tobacco growers in Spain. World Wide Tobacco España…

THE AUSTRIAN CARTEL COURT IMPOSES FINES FOR PRICE MAINTENANCE AND OTHER VERTICAL RESTRAINTS

The Austrian Cartel Court fined De’Longhi-Kenwood with EUR 650.000 for fixing prices with retailers, restricting cross-border trade and introducing a full blown online-distribution-prohibition. In the years 2006-2015 staff of De’Longhi-Kenwood observed the market multiple-times during the week and pressured retailers through immediate contacts (via email or telephone conversations) when price-discrepancies from the established minimum-prices were…

THE AUSTRIAN CARTEL COURT IMPOSES SEVERE FINES AGAINST SPAR GROUP FOR PRICE FIXING CONDUCTS

The Austrian Cartel Court held that between July 2002 and December 2013 the companies HOLDAG BeteiligungsgmbH, INTERSPAR GmbH, SPAR HOLDING AG, SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG, Maximarkt Handels-GmbH and LM Beteiligungs GmbH fixed vertical retail prices with various suppliers in regards to various areas of the food retail sector. In particular the practices affected the market segments…

THE GENERAL COURT CONFIRMS THE COMMISSION’S DECISION IN THE LUNDBECK PAY-FOR-DELAY CASE

On 8 Setptember 2016, the General Court handed down its judgment in the Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries and Ranbaxy v Commission case, confirming the fines imposed by the Commission´s decision in 2013. The Court agreed that the agreement under scrutiny resulted in a restriction of competition by object. But firsts things first, the case regards the…