Gil Ron, Keinan & Co Law Office
Gil Ron, Keinan & Co Law Office

Antitrust Law

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Keinan v. NGK Spark Plug Co.

spark plugs cartel

Application to certify a class action against the worldwide corporations Robert Bosch, NGK Spark Plug Co. and Denso Corporation, for conspiracy to price fixing and rig bids of spark plugs for automobiles. The application was filed in September 2020.


According to the application, between the years 2001 and 2011, the cartel members fixed prices for spark plugs they had sold to car manufacturers, as well as spark plugs which were sold as spare parts. Investigations were initiated in the USA, Europe and Brazil, under which the cartel members plead guilty and paid fines and compensation which exceeded USD 100 million. The applicants claim that the cartel affected the price of spark plugs in Israel.


Status: Application to certify the class action is pending.


Documents: Application to Certify the Class Action.

Pink v. SodaStream Israel

anti-competitive behavior and unfair monopoly pricing of CO2 refills

Application to certify a class action against Sodastream Israel ltd., on the grounds of unfair terms in consumer contracts, false advertising, abuse of a dominant position and unfair pricing of gas refills for home carbonation systems.

According to the application, Sodastream holds a dominant position in the market for home carbonation systems, and in the relevant aftermarket for CO2 refills. Home carbonation systems enable consumers to transform tap water into sparkling water through the use of CO2. Each carbonation system is sold with a matching gas cylinder containing CO2. According to the application, Sodastream engages in unfair practices in order to compel consumers to purchase gas refills only from Sodastream. These practices are designed to maintain Sodastream's dominant position in the relevant markets, while blocking competition. The applicants contend that Sodastream's practices infringe consumer rights and competition law.


Status: Application to certify the class action is pending.

Documents: Application to Certify the Class Action.

The Israeli Consumers Council v. Tnuva

unfair monopoly pricing of hard cheese

Application to certify a class action against Tnuva, Israel's largest food manufacturer, on behalf of purchasers of hard cheese. The application was filed in November 2014. Until 2007, the prices of hard cheese were regulated, and maximum prices were established by law. Since the deregulation of the prices of pre-packaged hard cheese, Tnuva raised its price by up to 100%. Such an increase was facilitated by Tnuva's monopolistic position in the Israeli market. This constitutes a breach of the Israeli Antitrust Law, which forbids excessive pricing by a monopoly.


In June 2019 the district court certified the class action.


Status: Class action is pending.


Documents: Application to Certify the Class Action, Decision Accepting Application to Disclose Documents, Supreme Court`s Decision Dismissing Motion to Appeal the Disclosure Decision, Decision Certifying the Class Action.

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