On 4 July 2014, the Competition Commission raided the offices of three auto body firms as part of its investigation into collusive conduct in the market for auto body repairs.
The Commission may conduct dawn raids on firms where it has reasonable grounds to believe that a prohibited practice is taking place or that information or documents relevant to an on-going investigation is at the premises being raided and subject to obtaining (in most instances) a warrant to conduct the search and seizure operations.
The Commission confirmed that these dawn raids were conducted lawfully and the requisite warrants approving the search and seizure operations were obtained.
This dawn raid marks the second dawn raid publicly conducted by the Commission this year, the first being dawn raids on Unilever and Sime Darby Hudson & Knight in respect of the Commission's investigation into the market for the manufacture and supply of edible oils and margarine, which took place in April 2014. This raid adds to the small yet growing list of the hand full of dawn raids conducted by the Commission since its inception.