The Italian Court of First Instance confirms the Competition Authority’s decision in a price fixing case concerning the liquefied petroleum gas sector (Butanes / Eni / Liquigas)

In its judgment delivered on 13 December 2010, the Italian Court of First Instance [1] ("Tar Lazio") confirmed the decision by which the Italian Competition Authority ("ICA") found the three main operators active in the LPG sector in Italy (i.e. Butangas, Eni and Liquigas) to have coordinated their respective price list variations for LPG both in cylinders and small tanks - from 1995 to 2005 - in breach of Article 101 TFEU [2]. More precisely, on the grounds of the leniency application submitted by ENI [3], the ICA found that the top management of the three involved companies used to meet on a regular and structured basis just before the price list variations were issued so as to modify their respective prices at the same time and for the same amount. During the investigation the

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Sara Lembo, The Italian Court of First Instance confirms the Competition Authority’s decision in a price fixing case concerning the liquefied petroleum gas sector (Butanes / Eni / Liquigas), 13 December 2010, e-Competitions December 2010, Art. N° 38946

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