One Meeting Is Too Many

A recent competition law case saw a group of Dutch telecoms companies fined heavily by the European Court of Justice for anti-competitive behaviour, following a meeting between them in 2005 at which the decision was taken to cut the payments they made to mobile phone dealers.

The decision confirmed that a single meeting between competitors to discuss market strategy was sufficient to constitute anti-competitive collaboration.

Competition law is tough and affects markets on a local as well as national level. Price and tender fixing are dangerous practices and the potential fines are severe. At present, the Office of Fair Trading is conducting a number of investigations into anti-competitive behaviour. One into bid-rigging in the construction industry recently led to fines in excess of £100 million.

We can advise you on how to steer a safe path through the competition law minefield.

The material contained in this article is provided for general purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Appropriate legal advice should be sought for specific circumstances and before action is taken.

© , October 2009

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