The German Federal Court of Justice hands down a decision that is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of cartel fines and potentially reducing the maximum cartel fine for some defendants (Grauzementkartell)

The German Federal Court of Justice ("BGH") has handed down a decision that is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of cartel fines in Germany, potentially reducing the maximum cartel fine for some defendants. The decision deals with fines imposed on a number of German cement producers that entered into agreements to fix market shares and distribution areas. The participants of the cartel challenged the fines imposed by the German Federal Cartel Authority ("BKartA"). Background Under German law, the

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Thomas Jestaedt, Johannes Zöttl, Carsten Gromotke, The German Federal Court of Justice hands down a decision that is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of cartel fines and potentially reducing the maximum cartel fine for some defendants (Grauzementkartell), 26 February 2013, e-Competitions February 2013, Art. N° 61731

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