CASE COMMENTS: CARTELS – FRANCE – NON BIS IN IDEM – FINES – PROPORTIONALITY

Fines: The Paris Court of Appeal dismisses the appeal brought against the decision n° 16-D-09 of the French Competition Authority, but considers that the increase of the fine for several companies belonging to the same undertaking, having regard to the size and the economic strength of their group, was disproportionate by comparison with the size and the economic strength of another one, and reduces the amount of the fine accordingly (Sermétal)

Deuxième temps du recours formé contre la décision de l’Autorité de la concurrence dans l’affaire des treillis soudés sur l’île de la Réunion, laquelle concernait plusieurs pratiques d’ententes entre les acteurs de ce secteur à l’occasion notamment des grands chantiers qu’a connus l’île de la Réunion, en particulier celui de la célèbre route touristique des Tamarins (sur la décision de l’Autorité, voy. L. Bernardeau, L’Autorité de la concurrence sanctionne plusieurs sociétés pour s’être entendues sur les marchés de la production et de la revente de treillis soudés et d’armatures métalliques sur l’île de la Réunion, 1er septembre 2016, Concurrences, n° 3-2016). Après avoir rejeté comme irrecevable – car déposée hors délai, le 23 mars 2017 – une demande de transmission d’une question prioritaire de constitutionnalité,

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  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)

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Ludovic Bernardeau, Etienne Thomas, Fines: The Paris Court of Appeal dismisses the appeal brought against the decision n° 16-D-09 of the French Competition Authority, but considers that the increase of the fine for several companies belonging to the same undertaking, having regard to the size and the economic strength of their group, was disproportionate by comparison with the size and the economic strength of another one, and reduces the amount of the fine accordingly (Sermétal), 15 March 2018, Concurrences Review N° 3-2018, Art. N° 87575, pp. 88-90

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