Bid rigging to obtain contracts meant for Small, Disadvantaged Businesses

“According to court documents, MCC and others conspired with two companies that were eligible to receive federal government contracts set asides for small, disadvantaged businesses with the understanding that MCC would illegally perform all of the work. In so doing, MCC was able to win 27 government contracts worth over $70 million from 2008 to…

Russia: Bid rigging at Defense Ministry’s auctions

Russia: Bid rigging at Defense Ministry’s auctions “The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) opened a case on violating the law “On Protection of Competition” by several companies at the Defense Ministry’s auctions […] According to the antimonopoly agency, Russia’s Defense Ministry held several open auctions for provision of services involving sanitary and integrated maintenance of barracks…

Bid rigging: Software markets

“The two parties (MCCi LLC and VP Imaging Inc.) both resell Laserfiche software. They allegedly agreed not to compete against each other in Texas or solicit and hire each other’s employees. Most customers of these companies are tax-supported local government entities. ‘When the affected customers are public entities, taxpayers ultimately end up paying above market…

Romania: Guidelines for public tenders

“The Romanian Competition Council (the “RCC”) recently published new guidelines on detecting and preventing anti-competitive practices in public procurement procedures (the “Guidelines”). The Guidelines provide valuable insight into what the RCC considers relevant signs of bid rigging […] The Guidelines further analyse market traits (e.g. limited numbers of bidders, homogeneous products, market shares and costs symmetry,…

Bid rigging: Same legal adviser preparing the tenders

“The CJEU was ruling on a referral for preliminary ruling from the Latvian Supreme Court, in a case involving three Latvian food companies that had been accused of breaching national competition law. The three companies had all submitted bids to a tender for the supply of food products to educational establishments by the city of…

UK: Open letter to procurement professionals

“The CMA is publishing this open letter to highlight what procurement and supply professionals should look out for, as well as a range of tools and advice that can help with spotting and stopping anti-competitive activity during a tender process.” Open_letter_to_procurement_professionals

Competition Authority guides officials before the tenders

Canada: “Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said his office is planning to double the number of training workshops it provides to public-procurement officials this year on ways to prevent fraud. There will be training events for federal, provincial and municipal managers, as well as for the private sector, on how to identify and prevent collusion…

LR: Cartel de autopartes en la Unión Europea

“Hitachi y Mitsubishi Electric fueron sancionadas en la Unión Europea por acordar precios y repartirse el mercado de autopartes, específicamente en la comercialización de alternadores y motores de arranque. […] ‘El objeto de la conducta por parte de las firmas productoras de autopartes investigadas fue la configuración de un cartel tendiente a coordinar ofertas de precios…

Acción popular: Invocan violación a libre competencia en subasta de Isagén

El 13 de enero 2016 se realizó la subasta de enajenación de las acciones que tenía la Nación en ISAGEN con un único oferente. EL 18 de enero se radicó una acción popular ante el Tribunal Administrativo de Cundinamarca, pues según los demandantes (Senadores de la República) se “viola el derecho colectivo a la libre competencia…

SIC abre investigación por colusión en Cartagena

“La Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio formuló Pliego de Cargos contra la FUNDACIÓN PARA EL DESARROLLO Y LA SOLIDARIDAD FUNDESOL y FUNDACIÓN MULTIACTIVA EMPRENDIENDO por presunta colusión o cartelización empresarial dentro de un proceso de contratación estatal adelantado por la ALCALDÍA DE CARTAGENA en el año 2012. Las Fundaciones a las que se les formuló…