Spain Seeks To Crush Wine Grape Price-Fixing

Law360, New York (March 3, 2011, 6:02 PM EST) -- Spanish antitrust investigators on Wednesday raided several companies involved in the country's famed Valdepenas wine-making region, based on suspicions that the companies are fixing prices on grapes.

Spain's National Competition Commission said Thursday that it had begun investigating the wine industry in the Valdepenas region, a protected designation of origin under the Spanish regulatory system. The antitrust watchdog cited concerns that the companies may have violated the country's Defense of Competition Law in their pricing of grapes.

The inspections mark a preliminary step in the regulator's...
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