The EU General Court reduces fine in the Dutch beer cartel case finding that the EU Commission did not prove all infringements and that the duration of the procedure was excessive (Heineken)

The Dutch Beer Cases: The Value of Whistleblower Statements and the Cutback of Fines in Case of Unreasonably Long Commission Investigations* The General Court has rendered a series of judgments in the Dutch Beer Cartel case that involve a number of legal issues, including in Grolsch v. Commission on September 15, 2011 and Heineken v. Commission and Bavaria v. Commission on June 16, 2011. The Commission had found in its 2007 decision that InBev (which received full leniency), Heineken, Grolsch and Bavaria had participated in a cartel from 1996 to 1999, by coordinating prices. The Commission also held that the beer companies occasionally coordinated other commercial conditions such as loans given to retailers. In Grolsh, the main issue was the liability imputed by the Commission to

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Ella van den Brink, The EU General Court reduces fine in the Dutch beer cartel case finding that the EU Commission did not prove all infringements and that the duration of the procedure was excessive (Heineken), 16 June 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin Judicial review, Art. N° 38788

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