CCI exonerates 9 suppliers for bid-rigging in railway tenders

CCI has reiterated importance of evidence to prove bid-rigging : mere identical pricing , including those by related companies held not sufficient.  The Competition Commission of India (‘CCI’) vide its order dated 28.11.2017 has exonerated nine RDSO approved suppliers (“Opposite Parties”) , including four sister companies, of allegations of bid-rigging in supply of roof mounted ac package unit for AC coaches…

CCI directs Bollywood junior artists’ & Others’ trade unions and associations in India’s Film and TV industry to maintain fair competition : Issues cease and desist orders

  Competition Commission of India vide its recent order dated 31.10.2017 has penalized the various trade unions and associations of junior artists, cameramen, dancers, art directors etc. of the Bollywood Film Industry for limiting and restricting the supplies of the junior artist etc. to the film directors in terms and an memorandum of understanding. The…

CCI issues advisory to Pharma companies while imposing penalty on All Kerala Chemists & Druggists Association and its office bearers

The Competition Commission of India vide its recent order dated 31.10.2017, while imposing penalty on the All Kerala Chemists & Druggists Association and two of its district units in Thrissur and Kasargod and their office bearers for continuing with the forbidden practice of obtaining NOC by the Pharma companies before appointing new stockists, has for…

CCI dismisses allegations of abuse of dominance against NTPC -India’s largest energy conglomerate

Though the Order is not final and appealable, CCI in this prima facie order has recognized the sanctity of and has refused to intervene in the long term Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) entered into between prospective generators and their intended customers, normally DISCOMs, even though the PPA may contain some unfair and anti-competitive terms and…

CCI imposes penalty for bid-rigging in coal transportation auctions

The Competition Commission of India (CCI)  vide its order dated September 14, 2017 imposed penalty of almost INR 12 Crore on 10 entities (Opposite Parties/OP)  namely SSV Coal Carriers Pvt. Ltd (OP-1), Bimal Kumar Khandelwal (OP-2), Pravin Transport (OP-3), Khandelwal Transport (OP-4), Khandelwal Earth Movers (OP-5), Khanduja Coal Transport Co. (OP-6), Punya Coal Road Lines…

CCI dismisses allegations of cartelization against Air Cargo Agents Association of India

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) vide order dated 12.09.2017 has dismissed allegations of cartelization against the Air Cargo Agents Association of India. The Informant, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an international non-profit trade association headquartered in Montreal, Canada comprising of 265 member airlines belonging to 118 nations across the globe. It was…

CCI amends Lesser Penalty Regulations

The Competition Commission of India (‘CCI) vide notification dated 22 August, 2017 (‘Amendment’) has amended the Competition Commission of India (Lesser Penalty) Regulations, 2009 (“Leniency Regulations”). The amendments are the first in more than eight years since the introduction of the leniency regime in India. The amendments which incidentally come after a few months since…

CCI rejects predatory pricing allegations against OLA yet again

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) vide its order dated 19.07.2017 has dismissed allegations  of predatory pricing against OLA  (ANI Technologies) made by two Bangalore based radio taxi service providers,  Fast Track (Fast Track Call Cab Ltd.) and Meru (Meru Cab Company Pvt. Ltd) (‘Informants’). The Informants had alleged in 2015 that OLA had abused…