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Competition & Antitrust

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Prioritisation in competition cases: a step forward?
  • Czech Republic
  • February 14 2013

The forthcoming amendment to the Act on the Protection of Competition will make several changes to Competition Authority practices. Among other things, the amendment will introduce prioritisation into its practices, allowing the authority to decide not to initiate administrative proceedings following certain alleged breaches of the act where those breaches have a minor effect on competition.

Competition Authority increases fine on Telefónica Czech Republic
  • Czech Republic
  • November 08 2012

In a recent repeated first instance decision, the Competition Authority imposed a fine of approximately Kr93.1 million (approximately €3.7 million) on Telefónica Czech Republic for abuse of its dominant position in the public telephone services market in relation to undertakings through fixed lines. The authority increased the original fine imposed on Telefónica for such anti-competitive conduct by more than Kr11.4 million.

Access to leniency applications in cartel investigations
  • Czech Republic
  • June 14 2012

The Brno Regional Court has defined for the first time the rules that govern access by investigated undertakings to the leniency applications contained in the Competition Authority's administrative file during cartel investigations. The court allowed special treatment for leniency applications, ruling that the authority need not provide justification when restricting or denying access to the administrative file.

Highest-ever fine for a vertical agreement
  • Czech Republic
  • October 21 2010

The president of the Office for the Protection of Competition recently issued a second-instance decision confirming the authority's decision to fine Sokolovská uhelná for its participation in a vertical agreement. The fine amounted to Kr17.3 million (approximately €700,000) and is the highest ever to be imposed by the authority for participation in a vertical agreement.

Latest decisions and fines from the Office for the Protection of Competition
  • Czech Republic
  • April 15 2010

The Office for the Protection of Competition recently approved the acquisition of a Czech construction company by a leading central European construction company. The office also imposed fines on a Czech brown coal mining company and a Czech producer of mineral water and soft drinks for the conclusion and performance of restricted export prohibition agreements.

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