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BMW & Volkswagen Won Appeal Against UK Antitrust Regulator

 |  February 8, 2023

BMW and Volkswagen (VW) won an appeal in a London tribunal on Wednesday (Feb 8) over the British antitrust regulator’s powers to demand information from companies based outside the United Kingdom.

The German carmakers challenged the powers of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to request documents and information relating to a probe into alleged anti-competitive conduct in the recycling of old or written-off vehicles.

Bayerische Motoren Werke, the ultimate parent company of the BMW group, was fined £30,000 – plus a daily penalty of £15,000 – in December for failing to provide information in relation to the investigation.

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But the Competition Appeal Tribunal overturned the fine on Wednesday, ruling that the CMA does not have the power to request information held outside the UK from companies based outside the jurisdiction.

Volkswagen’s legal challenge to a CMA request for information was also upheld.

A CMA spokesperson said in a statement that the ruling “substantially risks undermining our ability to investigate, enforce against and deter anti-competitive conduct that harms consumers, businesses and markets in the UK”.