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OFT current cases

This page lists all current OFT competition and consumer enforcement cases that are in the public domain, and all markets work that the OFT is currently conducting. Details of the current consumer credit cases can be found on the Credit Enforcement pages.

Current competition enforcement cases

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This section lists ongoing investigations which have been formally opened by the OFT under Chapter I or Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998, and/or Article 101 or 102 of the Treaty for the Functioning of the European Union.

Under section 25 of the Competition Act 1998, the OFT may open a formal investigation into the conduct of a party or parties where it has reasonable grounds for suspecting that competition law has been breached.  Once a case is opened, the OFT undertakes a full investigation, in accordance with its procedural guidance, to determine whether it considers the law has been infringed.

Reference made below to any case or party cannot be taken to indicate that the OFT considers that party has in fact acted unlawfully.

The information that the OFT considers it appropriate to disclose publicly may vary from case to case, and over time.

See full OFT briefing note for further information.

Any media enquiries should be directed to a member of our Press Office.

Title, case reference and sector Parties Relevant legislation and case type Suspected infringement Start date Last milestone
Mastercard / VISA MIFs
Case Ref: CE/6345/05CE/4500/04
Sector : Finance and insurance activities
Mastercard / Maestro VISA Case type:
Relevant Legislation: CA98 Ch 1
Restrictive agreements or concerted practices Dec 2005 and May 2004 May 2012
Investigation into the supply of vehicle service, maintenance and repair platforms in the UK
Case Ref: CE/9496-11
Sector : Certain commercial electronic platform services
Case type:
Relevant Legislation: CA98 Ch 2
Abuse of dominance Jun 2011 March 2014
Agreements in the pharmaceutical sector
Case Ref: CE/9531-11
Sector : Pharmaceuticals
Case type:
Relevant Legislation: CA98 Ch 1 and Ch 2. Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union Article 101
Restrictive agreements or concerted practices and abuse of dominance Aug 2011 Aug 2013
Mobility aids sector case
Case Ref: CE/9578-12
Sector : Mobility aids
Case type:
Relevant Legislation: CA98 Ch 1 & Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
Restrictive agreements or concerted practices Apr 2012 March 2014
Sports bras RPM investigation
Case Ref: CE/9610-12
Sector : Leisure goods
Case type:
Relevant Legislation: CA98 Ch 1
Restrictive agreements or concerted practices Apr 2012 Sept 2013
Investigation into property sales and lettings and their advertising
Case Ref: CE/9827/13
Sector : Construction and property
Case type:
Relevant Legislation:
23 Dec 2013
Investigation into the distribution of road fuels in parts of Scotland
Case Ref: MP-SIP/0034/
Sector : Distribution of road fuels in parts of Scotland
GB Oils Limited Case type:
Relevant Legislation: CA98 Ch 2
Abuse of dominance Jan 2013 March 2014
Investigation into the supply of pharmaceutical products
Case Ref: CE/9742-13
Sector : pharmaceuticals
Case type: CA98 Ch 1 and Ch 2
Relevant Legislation: CA98 Ch 1 and Ch 2. Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union Article 101 and Article 102
Restrictive agreements or concerted practices Abuse of dominance May 2013 August 2013
Criminal investigation into the supply of products to the construction industry
Case Ref: CE/9705/12
Sector : Construction industry
Case type: Suspected cartel
Relevant Legislation: Enterprise Act
Suspected cartel activity in the supply of products to the construction industry Mar 2013
Investigation into the supply of galvanised steel tanks for water storage
Case Ref: CE/9691/12
Sector : Fabricated metal products
Case type: Suspected cartel
Relevant Legislation: CA98
Suspected cartel conduct
Criminal investigation into the supply of galvanised steel tanks for water storage
Case Ref: CE/9623/12
Sector : Fabricated metal products
Case type: Suspected cartel
Relevant Legislation: EA2002 s.188
Suspected cartel conduct Preliminary Hearing Southwark Crown Court

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Current consumer enforcement cases

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Title, case reference and sector Parties Relevant legislation and case type Suspected infringement Start date Last milestone
Children's online games
Case Ref: CE/9699-12
Sector :
Case type:
Relevant Legislation:
April 2013 Jan 2014
Prosecution of a number of individuals involved in an alleged unlawful pyramid scheme
Case Ref: CE9062/08
Sector : Retail
Case type: Consumer Enforcement case
Relevant Legislation: Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading regulations 2008
Suspected promotion and operation of an unlawful pyramid scheme. Sep 2009
Investigation into suspected fraud in property sales
Case Ref: CRE/9602/12
Sector : Property
Francis Kelly, Samantha Jayne Kelly, Andrew Stephen Butts Case type: Consumer Enforcement case
Relevant Legislation: Fraud Act 2006
Suspected fraud in property sales Sep 2012 July 2013
Estate agency enforcement action
Case Ref: MP-G&C
Sector : Property
Due to disclosure restrictions we are unable to name the traders at this stage. Information is placed on OFT’s public register and publicity organized when order comes into operation Case type: Consumer Enforcement investigation
Relevant Legislation: Estate Agents Act 1979
The objective is to ensure the OFT complies with its duty under the Estate Agents Act 1979 to make Prohibition/Warning orders, if satisfied that an individual or business is not fit to be an estate agent. Ongoing Ongoing

Markets and other work

This section lists current markets work. Recently completed work, including market studies can be viewed by year below the table.

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Markets work case title Sector Start date
Higher education sector call for information Oct 2013
OFT and Ofgem joint review of competition in the energy market Energy Nov 2013
Programme of work on retail banking Banking Jul 2012
Residential property management services March 2014
Review of banking for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK Banking June 2013

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