German federal competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt (BKA) has announced a further €6.2 million in fines against 14 companies and 17 individuals in its cartel proceedings against concrete paving stone manufacturers.
France's antitrust authority the Autorité de la concurrence (the Autorité) has announced that it has obtained the following commitments from single serve coffee capsule and machine brand Nespresso that address competition concerns raised with the Autorité by Nespresso machine-compatible coffee capsule makers DEMB and the Ethical Coffee Company:
The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it has approved final orders settling charges that the barcode resellers 680 Digital, together with its principal Philip Peretz (further information), and Jacob Alifraghis's business InstantUPCCodes.com (further information) "invited competitors to join in a collusive scheme to raise the prices they charged for the barcodes".
The Hillshire Brands Company (Hillshire Brands) and Tyson Foods Inc (Tyson) have announced the completion of their corporate merger. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that the merger announcement follows Tyson's settlement of a civil lawsuit filed by United States federal and state authorities that had aimed to block the merger.
German federal competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt (BKA) has announced that it has fined foam manufacturer Recticel Schlafkomfort (Recticel) €8.2 million for "imposing resale price maintenance on retailers selling its products".
The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Berkshire Hathaway Inc (Berkshire) has agreed to pay a US$896,000 fine to settle charges that its acquisition of USG Corp voting securities in 2013 breached premerger reporting and waiting requirements.
A number of private equity firms have agreed to pay a total of US$325 million to settle allegations that they conspired with rival firms not to outbid one another for corporate takeovers.
European Union (EU) competition regulator the European Commission (EC) has announced that it has concluded that certain aid measures granted by Belgian authorities to crystal producer Val Saint-Lambert (VSL) "conferred on the company an undue economic advantage over its competitors, in breach of EU [s]tate aid rules".
Automaker Audi has announced its decision to reduce its pricing for spare parts in China while regulators there conduct anti-monopoly investigations into the vehicle manufacturing industry.
European Union (EU) competition regulator the European Commission (EC) has announced that it has concluded that the receipt of state aid by low-cost airlines Ryanair and Transavia for their operations at one or more of the airports at Pau, Nîmes and Angoulême was "incompatible with EU rules".
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