The EU General Court rules on appeals brought by several airlines against the Commission’s 2010 decision imposing fines totalling € 799 million for their alleged participation in a cartel (Airfreight cartel)

On 16 December 2015, the EU General Court (“GC”) handed down its judgments on appeals brought by several airlines against the European Commission’s 2010 decision imposing fines totalling € 799 million on the airlines for their alleged participation in a cartel relating to airfreight services. The Court found that the Commission’s decision was contradictory and ordered that it be annulled. In November 2010, 13 airlines were fined by the Commission for having participated in a cartel concerning the setting of airfreight surcharges. The cartel was uncovered following an investigation initiated by the Commission in February 2006 on the basis of an immunity application made by Lufthansa. The Commission decision found that the carriers had coordinated their behaviour in relation to the pricing

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Richard Burton, The EU General Court rules on appeals brought by several airlines against the Commission’s 2010 decision imposing fines totalling € 799 million for their alleged participation in a cartel (Airfreight cartel), 16 December 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin Judicial review, Art. N° 78290

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