Noticias

Lima Declaration | 06 / 09 / 2013

The Public Agencies or Services for the Defense of Competition (Agencies) of Chile (National Economic Prosecutor’s Office), Colombia (Superintendency of Industry and Commerce) and Peru (National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property-INDECOPI);

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Constitutional Tribunal authorizes FNE to obtain testimony from the general managers of Ariztía, Agrosuper and Don Pollo, and the President of the APA, in the poultry producers cartel case | 22 / 08 / 2013

On August 20, 2013, the Hon. Constitutional Tribunal (TC) unanimously rejected a constitutional challenge filed by Empresas Ariztía SA last year on December 13, in which the company sought to prevent its general manager from having to testify in the trial underway before the Hon. Tribunal for the Defense of Free Competition (Competition Tribunal or TDLC)—in a juridical procedure referred to as a “confession at trial.” In the civil (not penal) proceedings before the TDLC, the National Economic Prosecutor (FNE) accuses Ariztía, AgroSuper, Don Pollo and their trade association (APA) of colluding to determine the production of poultry meat and assign quotas in the national market.

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FNE Files Complaint Against National Railways (EFE) | 09 / 08 / 2013

On August 6, 2013, Chile’s National Economic Prosecutor’s Office (FNE) filed a complaint before the Competition Tribunal (TDLC) against the state-owned National Railways (EFE), due to conduct the agency considered an abusive exploitation of the company’s dominant position. The company is the sole provider of rights of way across its railroads. According to the complaint, EFEhas established and applied charges that are not objective, are arbitrarily discriminatory and lack transparency; and as such, has undermined competition in this market. Leer más…

The FNE has submitted a request before the Competition Tribunal (TDLC) for the issuance of regulation ensuring competition and consumer choice in the supply of telecommunication services to consumers living in apartment towers and condominiums | 27 / 06 / 2013

The request was submitted after an investigation conducted by the FNE as a consequence of several complaints. The investigation showed that in most apartment towers and condominiums, telecommunication services are supplied by a sole company, chosen ex – ante by the corresponding building company or real estate developer, depriving ex – post residents of any alternative in the selection of telecom providers.

Another FNE finding was the absence of regulatory proceedings aimed at preventing that such a situation translates into harm to competition and to consumers. Leer más…

The FNE makes publicly available its internal instructions on investigations’ proceedings | 15 / 05 / 2013

In October 2012 the FNE launched its “Internal Instructions on Investigations’ proceedings”. An updated version is now made publicly available. This version replaces the previous instructions that were in force since December 2008. An English version of the new instructions are available here.

The FNE submits a complaint against Unilever Chile accusing abuse of dominance in the detergent [or washing powder] market | 04 / 04 / 2013

On April the 3th, 2013, the FNE submitted before the Competition Tribunal a complaint against Unilever Chile S.A. (Unilever) challenging exclusionary abuse of dominance practices in the detergent for laundry market. The complaint against Unilever –holder of detergent trademarks OMO, DRIVE, SKIP and RINSO – claims that the defendant has developed a strategy having the object and effect of preventing expansion and development of rival detergent trademarks, thus harming competition. Leer más…