Italy Launches Saint-Gobain Plasterboard Probe

Law360, New York (March 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Italy's antitrust watchdog has launched a probe into a Saint-Gobain SA unit in the country after a complaint from a would-be competitor accused the plasterboard manufacturer of blocking entry into the market for the construction material.

Saint-Gobain PPC Italia SpA learned of the investigation during inspections carried out by Italy's Authority for Competition and Market and a special unit of its financial police on Tuesday.

The Competition Authority decided to open the investigation into the Saint-Gobain unit at its March 5 meeting, the regulator said Tuesday....
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