Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market (“ECN Plus Directive”)

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council  to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market (“ECN Plus Directive”)

January 2019 CPI EU News Column edited by Thibault Schrepel, Sam Sadden & Jan Roth (CPI) presents: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market (“ECN Plus Directive”) By Florian Wagner-von Papp […]

Canada: Competition Bureau expands Ticketmaster investigation

Canada: Competition Bureau expands Ticketmaster investigation

Canada’s Competition Bureau has decided to expand its investigation into Ticketmaster to include probing the allegations of the company’s secret scalping program, according to the Toronto Star. Additionally, Toronto law firm Sotos Class Actions has filed a CA$250 million (US$191.2 million) class action lawsuit against the company, accusing Ticketmaster of engaging in “false or misleading […]

Italy: Possible collusion ordered to stop

Italy: Possible collusion ordered to stop

Italy’s antitrust authority has ordered Telecom Italia, Wind Tre, Vodafone Italia and Fastweb to halt any possible collusion over billing practices, pending the conclusion of its investigation. The authority is in the middle of an ongoing probe into the operators’ actions following the banning of 28-day bills and has already carried out inspections into whether […]

South Africa: 28 media houses accused of price fixing by Competition Commission

South Africa: 28 media houses accused of price fixing by Competition Commission

On Tuesday, February 27,  the Competition Commission of South Africa announced that it has referred 28 media companies to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on charges of price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions, which were found to be in contravention of the Competition Act. The Companies were referred to the Competition Tribunal after […]

Italy: Watchdog Watchdog probes foul play in TV soccer rights

Italy: Watchdog Watchdog probes foul play in TV soccer rights

The Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato – AGCM) has said that it has opened an investigation into suspected cartel activity involving television rights to Serie A and Serie B football. The companies involved are suspected of trying to tamper with how TV rights for games are assigned to be broadcast […]

South Korea: KFTC launches first ex-officio probe into chaebols

South Korea: KFTC launches first ex-officio probe into chaebols

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has launched a probe into Harim Group, the country’s largest poultry processor, possible irregularities in the transfer of the company’s managerial control by chairman Kim Hong-kuk to his son, and to better understand the conglomerate’s vertical integration in the poultry industry. The probe marks the agency’s first ex officio […]

US: FBI looking into antitrust violations in road contracts

US: FBI looking into antitrust violations in road contracts

Federal investigators are in the midst of yet another probe in Frankfort, KY, – this time looking for any potential antitrust violations in road construction contracts. Word of the federal probe was splashed across the top of a state government webpage where a letter from Matthew Henderson, an attorney for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, informed […]

US: Tyson CEO says SEC price-fixing probe is ‘grasping at straws’

In an interview this week CEO of Tyson Foods, Tom Hayes told “Squawk on the Street” that the US Security and Exchange Commission’s price-fixing probe was unfounded. “So the SEC is investigating, is reviewing, because there’s an underlying case, an antitrust case, that is baseless,” he said. “And really, plainest words, grasping at straws. And […]

How will Hong Kong’s Competition Law be Enforced?

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Danny Leung, Stephanie Tsui, Sep 30, 2015 The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance is scheduled to come into force on December 14, 2015, providing the first comprehensive competition regime in Hong Kong. Prior to its enactment, competition provisions in Hong Kong only covered the […]

Confession Consequences in a Crowded Investigative Environment: Complexities in Cooperation with Multiple Authorities in Cartel Investigations

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Rein Wesseling, Sep 16, 2015 Amnesty and leniency applications have frequently been compared to confessions in the Catholic Church. The parallel is evident for the confession part. But what about the penance? In the Catholic Church there is no fixed catalog of actions […]