Paint it black - bleak picture for Hong Kong decorators slammed for market sharing and price fixing

In one of its first major rulings, Hong Kong's Competition Tribunal (the Tribunal) has ruled against 10 decorating contractors for serious anti-competitive conduct as set out in the Competition Ordinance (the Ordinance), by allocating refurbishment work amongst themselves on a public sector housing estate and for price fixing.

In Competition Commission v W. Hing Construction Company Limited & Ors [2019] HKCT 3, Mr. Justice Godfrey Lam, the president of the competition tribunal, found the contractors had made an agreement amongst themselves, whereby they would each take four floors in each of the three buildings in the estate, and would agree not to actively seek business on floors allocated to the others - the so-called 'Floor Allocation Arrangement.'

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