Extract from Jeffrey Wolff’s article “How In-House Counsel Can Utilize eDiscovery Platforms for Regulatory Requests”
In late September 2018, it was reported that EU anti-trust regulators were investigating whether BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen colluded to restrict the rollout of clean emission technology.
An EU executive involved in the investigation said the “circle of five” – BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen Group’s VW, Audi and Porsche – may have met to collaborate on limiting the development and roll-out of certain emissions control systems for cars sold in Europe.
“These technologies aim at making passenger cars less damaging to the environment. If proven, this collusion may have denied consumers the opportunity to buy fewer polluting cars, despite the technology being available to the manufacturers,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said. The investigation has come almost a year after regulators raided the officers of the involved companies.