On the 29 August 2014, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had opened two new investigations. After a rather uneventful August, the CMA has opened preliminary investigations into the bathroom fittings and commercial catering sectors. Details are thin on the ground but the CMA has indicated in its announcements that both investigations will focus on breaches of Chapter 1 of the Competition Act 1998, the prohibition against anti-competitive agreements.
Both investigations are running on the same timetable with a decision due in December 2014 as to whether a formal investigation will be launched. Before that and in the coming months, the CMA will gather evidence from the parties through requests for information and meetings.
The CMA have kept the names of the parties under investigation confidential for the time being but affected and interested parties would do well to seek legal advice on safeguarding their rights.