McGuireWoods Brussels partner Matthew Hall is quoted in a July 14 article
published by Global Competition Review covering the first-ever fine
issued by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) against medical
professionals. Titled “CMA
fines ophthalmologists for competition oversight,” the article details the
CMA’s decision to fine an organization of private consultant ophthalmologists
for cartel activities, including exchanging information and entering into
anticompetitive pricing agreements.
Hall, an experienced practitioner of EU and UK competition/antitrust law,
comments that this is not an isolated incident, and that fines for infringement
of competition law are “continuing a trend across Europe.” With more and more
related cases arising, Hall also encourages professional membership
organizations and trade associates of all types to improve compliance programs.