Enforcement

The recent detergents cases in Europe involving Henkel, Proctor & Gamble and Unilever, show that if you want to avoid blowing your chances of immunity, you need to get your strategy set from the start....

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KFTC investigates Google’s practices

May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

South Korea’s competition authority, the Korea Fair Trade Commission, is investigating claims that Google has been abusing its dominant position in the market by blocking alternative search engines on its Android-powered mobile telephones.  The investigation...

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Speaking in Paris earlier this year, Joaquin Almunia, EC’s competition policy chief, signalled a warning to companies that have “essential” patents for standards in particular fields that they are obliged to license them on “fair,...

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The ongoing investigation into the global automotive parts cartel is considered to be the largest in history. At this stage the regulators investing the alleged cartel conduct include the US’ Department of Justice (DoJ), the...

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MyCC consults on dominance guidelines

May 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

In its announcement on 11 May 2012, the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) invited public consultation on its draft Guidelines on Abuse of a Dominant Position. The MyCC is the statutory body entrusted to enforce Malaysia’s...

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Four years in jail for price fixing

May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

A US appeal court has upheld a decision to impose the harshest jail sentence ever imposed on a cartelist, by affirming a four-year term for Steven VandeBrake’s participation in a price-fixing cartel. The US District...

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Korean IT companies hit by dawn raids

May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

In April 2012, Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) conducted a series of dawn raids targeting four multinational information technology companies. The premises of Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle and SAP were raided due to concerns of anti-competitive behaviour...

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As the ACCC keeps a close eye on energy retailers, its recent success in the Federal Court against Energy Watch is worth mentioning. The Court found that Energy Watch Pty Ltd, a provider of brokering...

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Instant noodlers in hot water

April 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Korean Fair Trade Commission has fined four major noodle manufacturers 135.4 billion won (approximately AUD115 million) for fixing the prices of instant noodles.  The KFTC found that the four companies (who hold a combined...

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French regulator redresses salad cartel

April 1, 2012 | 1 Comments

France’s Competition Authority (the Autorité de la Concurrence), has fined 11 French endive growers and several of their professional bodies 3.6 million euros (approximately AUD4.8 million) for taking part in a price-fixing cartel.  The Authority...

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