Case reference: CE/9161-09
Start date: January 2010
In January 2010, the OFT launched a formal investigation into suspected breaches of the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 in the distribution of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles (trucks and vans).
On 28 June 2012, the OFT issued a Statement of Objections to Mercedes-Benz and five dealers of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles who are mainly active within areas in the North of England and parts of Wales and Scotland - see press release OFT issues statement of objections against Mercedes-Benz and five commercial vehicle dealers.
On 21 February 2013, the OFT announced that Mercedes-Benz and three of the dealers, Ciceley, Road Range and Enza, had admitted infringing competition law and agreed to pay fines totalling £2.6 million - see press release Mercedes-Benz and three commercial vehicle dealers to pay £2.6 million for breaching competition law.
On 27 March 2013, the OFT issued infringement decisions finding that Mercedes-Benz and five of its commercial vehicles dealers infringed competition law and imposed fines totalling over £2.8 million - see press release OFT issues five infringement decisions in the distribution of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles investigation.
The decisions relate to:
|Investigation opened||January 2010
|Initial investigation: information gathering including formal inspections, interviews of key witnesses, issuance of formal or informal information requests and parties' responses to requests||January - May 2010 (actual)|
|- OFT analysis and review of parties' responses to information requests
- Further investigation including further interviews, inspections and information requests
- Internal governance processes to decide investigation outcome
|June 2010 - June 2012 (actual)|
|Statement of Objections issued||June 2012
|Period for representations on the Statement of Objections||July 2012 - February 2013(actual)|
|OFT consideration of parties' representations on the Statement of Objections||September 2012 - February 2013(actual)|
|Settlement of three admitted infringements||February 2013 (actual)|
|Issue of five infringement decisions||March/April 2013 (actual)|
|Publication of five infringement decisions||Summer 2013 (estimated)|
Ali Nikpay (020 7211 8745, email@example.com)
Lucília Falsarella Pereira (020 7211 8778, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stephanie O'Neil (020 7211 8153, Stephanie.E.Oneil@oft.gsi.gov.uk)
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