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OFT investigate Mercedes-Benz competition claims

28th June 2012

The automotive manufacturers Mercedes-Benz are receiving advice from a London-headquartered commercial law firm in relation to claims that the subsidiary of Daimler AG breached competition law regulations between 2007 and 2010.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) carried out a series of dawn raids on the company two years ago, after suspicions arose that it and five of their truck and van dealerships had embarked on a collusive campaign of price fixing, market sharing and the exchange of confidential information.

Mercedes has employed those with solicitor jobs from the private practice in question for a number of years, and is demonstrating its confidence in their abilities again with this latest instruction.

The firm has enjoyed recent success representing the car company, persuading the non-ministerial government department to drop a similar probe conducted earlier this year.

The group have indicated their willingness to cooperate with the OFT at every stage of the investigation, but declined to comment further on proceedings.