Dutch Watchdog Upholds €20M Newspaper Antitrust Fines

Law360, New York (August 29, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT) -- Dutch antitrust regulators refused Wednesday to overturn more than €20 million ($29 million) in fines on media company Koninklijke Wegener NV and five executives for allegedly going back on a promise to keep two newspapers independent after a 2000 acquisition.

The Netherlands Competition Authority rejected objections by Wegener and the individuals to the fines that the watchdog handed down in July 2010 after it concluded that Wegener had integrated the editorial and commercial operations of two newspapers in the country's Zeeuws-Vlaanderen region despite the agency's order...
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