The UK Competition Authority brings for the first time criminal charges based on the Enterprise Act of 2002 for cartel offence (Marine Hoses Cartel)

On 19 December 2007, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) charged three UK businessmen with cartel offence under the Enterprise Act. This is the first time that charges have been brought for the cartel offence which came into force in 2003. The three men were arrested at the airport, where they were, following the allowance by the US authority to return to the UK. The businessmen were charged with participating in a cartel to allocate markets and customers, restrict supplies, fix prices and rig bids for the supply of marine hoses and ancillary equipment in the UK. The charges relate to the period from 20 June 2003 when the cartel offence came into force, to 2 May 2007. Marine hoses are flexible rubber hoses, which have a number of civilian and military uses,

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Marie-Charlotte Rouzier, The UK Competition Authority brings for the first time criminal charges based on the Enterprise Act of 2002 for cartel offence (Marine Hoses Cartel), 19 December 2007, e-Competitions December 2007, Art. N° 15747

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