4 July 2023

South Africa Tribunal dismisses price fixing cartel case against LPG firms

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has dismissed a case of alleged price fixing against five liquefied petroleum gas firms who were accused by the Competition Commission of price fixing the deposit fee charged to first time purchasers of LPG in cylinders in 2015.

RBB's Richard Murgatroyd, assisted by Lauren Antrobus, provided expert witness testimony at the Tribunal hearing last year. Following this hearing, the Tribunal dismissed the case on the grounds that the conduct resulted in significant economic efficiencies, and hence could not be considered to be a “hardcore” restriction of competition. 

RBB was instructed by ENSafrica. Full details can be found on the Competition Tribunal of South Africa website here: https://www.comptrib.co.za/case-detail/8557.

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